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Charlestown, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, 8 am - 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

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 2,428 over 57 years, from 2,576 in 1960 to 5,004 in 2017. 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 2017 Census estimate for Charlestown was 5,004 residents, which ranked 71st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 139.7 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, 2018 $5,359,773
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $36.50
2017 Equalization Ratio 99.4
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $37.06
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other8.9%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,338
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,409
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 244
Five or More Units in Structure 86
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 599
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 5,004 43,077
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,464 Female:   2,544
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 363
Age 5 to 19 696
Age 20 to 34 906
Age 35 to 54 1,065
Age 55 to 64 974
Age 65 and over 1,004
Median Age 47.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 11.4%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $25,147
Median family income $55,980
Median household income $50,297
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $42,075
Female $35,830
Individuals below the poverty level 12.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,585 2,859
Employed 2,493 2,798
Unemployed 92 61
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $843 $1,239
Average Weekly Wage $768 $1,086
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $674 $662
Average Weekly Wage $661 $762
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,517 $1,901
Average Weekly Wage $721 $973
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $472 $222
Average Weekly Wage $630 $610
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,989 $2,122
Average Weekly Wage $699 $935

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 335 133
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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.3%
Public transportation 1.3%
Walked 3.8%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 1.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 20.9%
Commuting to another NH community 65.8%
Commuting out-of-state 13.3%
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
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, August 2019. Community Response Received 7/11/18

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