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Stark, NH

stark New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Stark Board of Selectmen
Albert Cloutier, Jr.
1189 Stark Highway
Stark, NH 03582
Telephone (603) 636-2118
Fax (603) 636-6199
E-mail starktownof@myfairpoint.net
Web Site http://townofstark.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Coös
Labor Market Area Berlin NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Great North Woods
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coös Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Coös County Districts 2, 7

Incorporated: 1795
Origin: This town was chartered in 1774 as Percy, the family name of the Duke of Northumberland. At the time of the charter, a member of that family, Thomas Percy, was the king's chaplain. The town was incorporated as Piercy in 1795. In 1832 the name was changed to Stark in honor of General John Stark, hero of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Bennington. New Hampshire owes its motto, Live Free or Die, to General Stark, who was the first to carry the new thirteen-star American flag into battle. He wrote those words in July 1809, in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington. Stark is the location of the Stark Bridge, one of New Hampshire's scenic covered bridges, built in 1862.
Villages and Place Names: Crystal, Percy
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 48 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Stark totaled 205 over 53 years, from 327 in 1960 to 532 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 37 percent between 1970 and 1980; population declined from 1990 to 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Stark was 532 residents, which ranked 216th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 9.0 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Stratford. Stark contains 59.2 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $519,301
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $972,527
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan Update in progress
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library Stark Public

Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Milan & Dummer - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.48
2013 Equalization Ratio 123.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.50
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other20.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 427
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 360
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 62
Total Population Community County
2013 536 32,096
2010 556 33,055
2000 516 33,156
1990 519 34,879
1980 470 35,014
1970 343 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   346 Female:   261
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 61
Age 5 to 19 99
Age 20 to 34 60
Age 35 to 54 166
Age 55 to 64 105
Age 65 and over 116
Median Age 48.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $22,675
Median family income $45,625
Median household income $41,050
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $39,236
Female $26,000
Individuals below the poverty level 14%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 228 246
Employed 214 222
Unemployed 14 24
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 9.8%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 7 12
Average Weekly Wage $91 $111
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n

Schools students attend: Stark operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Northumberland SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh Gallen Regional Career & Technical Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High - CTE, Whitefield Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 29
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Town of Stark Municipal services 36
Barrett Salt Rock salt 3 1991

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 110
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 41
Distance 35 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Berlin Municipal
Runway 5,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 104 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 135 miles
Portland, ME 115 miles
Boston, MA 188 miles
New York City, NY 367 miles
Montreal, Quebec 161 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.5%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 3.7%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 11.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 16.3%
Commuting to another NH community 76.8%
Commuting out-of-state 6.9%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Balsams Wilderness
Other: Covered Bridge; Nash Stream Forest; John Stark Statue; Heritage Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

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