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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 Micropolitan 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 163 over 54 years, from 327 in 1960 to 490 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 37 percent between 1970 and 1980; an increase of 10 percent occurred between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Stark was 490 residents, which ranked 216th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 8.3 persons per square mile of land area. Stark contains 59.2 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $582,096
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $93,988
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
Appointed:Library
Public Library Stark Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialNo

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.48
2014 Equalization Ratio $98.7
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.19
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$69.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings$3.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$27.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 437
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 344
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6
Five or More Units in Structure 6
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 81
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2014 490 32,202
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   264 Female:   226
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 31
Age 5 to 19 83
Age 20 to 34 40
Age 35 to 54 154
Age 55 to 64 72
Age 65 and over 110
Median Age 49.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $23,661
Median family income $50,750
Median household income $39,191
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $39,643
Female $30,250
Individuals below the poverty level 8.6%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 221 233
Employed 214 214
Unemployed 7 19
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 8.2%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
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 8 11
Average Weekly Wage $110 $110
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Stark operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Northumberland SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 26
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: -
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

LARGEST BUSINESSES* PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Town of Stark Municipal services 36
Barrett Salt Rock salt 3 1991
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(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

(ACS 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 72.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.6%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 12.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 17.4%
Commuting to another NH community 76.4%
Commuting out-of-state 6.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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
Campgrounds
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): Wild Cat
   
Other: Covered Bridge; Nash Stream Forest; John Stark Statue; Heritage Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 05/28/15

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