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Charlestown, NH

charlestown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Charlestown Selectboard
Jeremy Wood, Chair
PO Box 385
Charlestown, NH 03603
Telephone (603) 826-4400
Fax (603) 826-3709
E-mail ctown@charlestown-nh.gov
Web Site www.charlestown-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday and Friday, 7-12, Tuesday and Thursday, 8-4, Wednesday, 7-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday and Wednesday, 7-4, Tuesday and Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 7-12, second and last Saturday each month, 9-12

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 3, 7

Incorporated: 1753
Villages and Place Names: Hemlock Center, North Charlestown, Snumshire, South Charlestown, South Hemlock, Springfield Junction, Trapshire
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,093 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Charlestown totaled 1,550 over 50 years, from 3,274 in 1970 to 4,824 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Charlestown was 4,907 residents, which ranked 77th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 137.0 persons per square mile of land area. Charlestown contains 35.8 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $5,571,802
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $12,947,180
Zoning Ordinance 1951/17
Master Plan 2021
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectboard; Planning; Finance; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Heritage; Recreation
Public Library Silsby Free Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department On-Call
Emergency Medical Service Golden Cross of Claremont
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 13 miles 25
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Liberty Utilities; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Charlestown Municipal Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory: glass, cardboard only & voluntary for other recyclables
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.27
2022 Equalization Ratio 71.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.86
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings77.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,220
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,202
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 195
Five or More Units in Structure 133
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 690
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,907 43,958
2020 4,806 43,063
2010 5,114 43,742
2000 4,761 40,560
1990 4,637 38,652
1980 4,417 36,063
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,443 Female:   2,412
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 233
Age 5 to 19 748
Age 20 to 34 587
Age 35 to 54 1,221
Age 55 to 64 944
Age 65 and over 1,122
Median Age 49.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,799
High school graduate or higher 91.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,854
Median family income $65,921
Median household income $47,854
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,386
Female $42,865
Individuals below the poverty level 14.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,939 2,795
Employed 2,796 2,723
Unemployed 143 72
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 939 1,191
Average Weekly Wage $908 $1,215
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 688 547
Average Weekly Wage $651 $1,121
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,627 1,738
Average Weekly Wage $799 $1,186
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 451 191
Average Weekly Wage $753 $733
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,078 1,929
Average Weekly Wage $789 $1,141

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 279 137 29
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 31
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Whelen Engineering Emergency lights 981 1952
Bomar, Inc. Marine hardware 40 1974
Design Standards, Inc Medical instruments 110 1979
G K N Aerospace Aircraft engine parts 70 1979
Airgas, Inc Welding equip., industrial & medical gases 60 1982
Town of Charlestown Municipal services 75 1753
Student Conservation Association Non-Profit youth conservation agency 84 1964
Fall Mountain Regional School District Education 109 1964

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 12, 12A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 2 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Community Alliance
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 76 miles
Portland, ME 168 miles
Boston, MA 126 miles
New York City, NY 235 miles
Montreal, Quebec 213 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,780
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 17.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 0.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 23.8%
Commuting to another NH community 58.0%
Commuting out-of-state 18.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Okemo (VT)
Other: Fort at No. 4 Museum; Morningside Flight Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/8/23

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