NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Charlestown, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, 8 am - 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 1 pm, 1:30 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday, 8 am - 1 pm, 1:30 pm - 4 pm

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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 5
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 8, 11

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: Charlestown was originally the site of Number Four, the fourth in a line of forts on the Connecticut River border established as trading posts by Massachusetts Governor Belcher in 1735. In 1753, Governor Benning Wentworth named the town in honor of his friend, Admiral Sir Charles Knowles of the British Navy, who was then governor of Jamaica. A reproduction of Old Fort Number Four is now a historical site and museum. A historical marker commemorating the fort was erected in 1958—the second marker in the NH Historical Marker Program.
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 2,453 over 55 years, from 2,576 in 1960 to 5,029 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was a 35 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; after that, decennial percent change was seven percent or less. The 2015 Census estimate for Charlestown was 5,029 residents, which ranked 68th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 140.4 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, 2017 $4,998,537
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,874,837
Zoning Ordinance 1951/17
Master Plan 2007
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 On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 13 miles 25
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 19 miles 35

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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $35.05
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.9
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $34.79
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other10.1%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,308
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,484
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 205
Five or More Units in Structure 92
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 527
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 5,029 43,135
2010 5,114 43,742
2000 4,761 40,560
1990 4,637 38,652
1980 4,417 36,063
1970 3,274 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   2,335 Female:   2,694
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 342
Age 5 to 19 649
Age 20 to 34 910
Age 35 to 54 1,315
Age 55 to 64 816
Age 65 and over 997
Median Age 47.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 14.2%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $23,527
Median family income $52,708
Median household income $41,471
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $41,242
Female $34,570
Individuals below the poverty level 13.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,574 2,982
Employed 2,483 2,913
Unemployed 91 69
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 787 1,192
Average Weekly Wage $745 $1,014
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 688 777
Average Weekly Wage $562 $714
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,475 1,969
Average Weekly Wage $659 $895
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 465 235
Average Weekly Wage $601 $670
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,939 2,205
Average Weekly Wage $645 $871

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) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8
Total Enrollment 330 139
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 102
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 1,100 1952
Bomar, Inc. Marine hardware 80 1974
Design Standards, Inc Medical instruments 93 1979
Mascoma Savings Bank Banking services 45 1864
G K N Aerospace Aircraft engine parts 55 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 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 15.1%
Public transportation 2.1%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 3.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 27.2%
Commuting to another NH community 55.0%
Commuting out-of-state 17.8%
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 Tourists 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
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, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/05/17

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only