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Stratford, NH

stratford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Stratford
Board of Selectmen
10 Common Rd, PO Box 366
North Stratford, NH 03590-0366
Telephone (603) 922-5533
Fax (603) 922-3317
E-mail stratfordnh@gmail.com
Web Site www.stratfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 12 noon - 5 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm, first Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon, other hours by appointment

County Coös
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
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 District 1

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: This territory was chartered in 1762 to early settlers mostly from Woodbury, Connecticut, as Woodbury. Indian troubles had many families forfeiting their claims, and even after a 1770 charter renewal, the original grantees were unable to make a settlement. The territory was chartered again in 1773 to Joshua Wentworth and others as Stratford, after another town in Connecticut. The name is also in honor of Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's home. The entire tract was one of the largest granted in New Hampshire, a total of 48,603 acres. The town was incorporated as Stratford in 1779 upon petition by residents.
Villages and Place Names: Beatties, Mapleton, Masons, North Stratford, Stratford Center, Stratford Hollow, East Stratford
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 146 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population for Stratford declined over 53 years, dropping by 313, from 1,029 in 1960 to 716 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of two percent between 1990 and 2000; population declined by 21 percent between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Stratford was 716 residents, which ranked 208th 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 Stark. Stratford contains 79.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $827,714
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $2,278,645
Zoning Ordinance 1995
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Treasurer; Checklist; Moderator; Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Appointed:Zoning; Planning
Public Library Stratford Public

Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Upper Connecticut Valley, Colebrook 15 miles 16
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 22 miles 25

Electric Supplier Glacial Energy; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & municipal
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access No
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $23.92
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.8
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.05
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings51.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other42.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 567
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 416
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 33
Five or More Units in Structure 46
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 72
Total Population Community County
2013 721 32,096
2010 746 33,055
2000 943 33,156
1990 928 34,879
1980 989 35,014
1970 980 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   446 Female:   368
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 46
Age 5 to 19 140
Age 20 to 34 99
Age 35 to 54 202
Age 55 to 64 128
Age 65 and over 199
Median Age 49.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 70%
Bachelor's degree or higher 6.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $16,265
Median family income $33,229
Median household income $33,194
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $36,196
Female $24,219
Individuals below the poverty level 24.3%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 430 335
Employed 405 310
Unemployed 25 25
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 7.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 16 8
Average Weekly Wage $434 $477
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 33 39
Average Weekly Wage $243 $433
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 49 47
Average Weekly Wage $307 $440
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 60 40
Average Weekly Wage $403 $462
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 109 87
Average Weekly Wage $360 $450

Schools students attend: Stratford operates grades K-8; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Northumberland SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): None in Region 01 Region: 1
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 71
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: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Berlin

Stratford School Education 20
Town of Stratford Municipal services 45 PT/2 FT 1773
North Woods Trading Post Gas, convenience, pizza 4
Hollow Village General Store Convenience store, gas 3
Burns Truck Stop Convenience store 3
Claudette & Dean's Place Restaurant

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 28; I-93, Exit 41
Distance 36 miles; 43 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gifford Field, Colebrook
Runway 2,440 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 110 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 132 miles
Portland, ME 126 miles
Boston, MA 207 miles
New York City, NY 364 miles
Montreal, Quebec 150 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 61.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.8%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0%
Other Means 3.8%
Worked at home 20.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 24.6%
Commuting to another NH community 65.4%
Commuting out-of-state 10%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):
Other: Nash Stream Forest; Quad Rodeo; 4-Wheeler Trails; Nature Conservancy Lands; Grange; Cohos Historical Society; Old Home Day; Lion Cubs 4-H; Funtastic Fridays

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/26/2014

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