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Chatham, NH

chatham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Chatham Town Clerk's Office
Tricia Pitman, Town Clerk
1071 Main Road
Chatham, NH 03813
Telephone (603) 694-2117
Fax Not Available
E-mail townclerk@chathamnh.org
Web Site http://chathamnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, Thursday 5 pm - 7 pm

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County District 2

Incorporated: 1767
Origin: Chatham was first granted by the New Hampshire proprietors in 1767, and named in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and Prime Minister of England. Pitt was one of few who supported the Rockingham government in saying that England had no right to tax the colonists. None of the 73 grantees dared settle in the wilderness, because it was inhabited by Pequawket Indians. In 1770 the land was granted to new settlers, including Abiel Chandler, founder of the Chandler Scientific School at Dartmouth College, and Samuel Langdon, one time president of Harvard College, who made the famous Blanchard Map of the North Country.
Villages and Place Names: North Chatham, South Chatham
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 58 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chatham totaled 160 over 41 years, from 189 in 1980 to 349 in 2021. Decennial percent change was 42 percent from 1980 to 1990. The 2021 Census estimate for Chatham was 349 residents, which ranked 222nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 6.2 persons per square mile of land area, the sixth lowest among the cities and towns. Chatham contains 56.7 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $182,600
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $971,709
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department No
Emergency Medical Service Fryeburg ME - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway 15 miles 25

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 ProgramNone
Telephone Company Consolidated; Northland
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.33
2021 Equalization Ratio 77.8
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $8.66
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.5%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 246
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 214
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 22
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 349 51,500
2020 341 50,212
2010 337 47,818
2000 261 43,918
1990 269 35,526
1980 189 27,929
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   201 Female:   176
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 15
Age 5 to 19 86
Age 20 to 34 29
Age 35 to 54 110
Age 55 to 64 60
Age 65 and over 77
Median Age 48.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.1%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,467
Median family income $86,607
Median household income $69,107
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $47,500
Female $50,556
Individuals below the poverty level 10.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 164 155
Employed 153 148
Unemployed 11 7
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 0
Average Weekly Wage n 0
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 0
Average Weekly Wage n 0
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n 0
Average Weekly Wage n 0
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 0 0
Average Weekly Wage 0 0
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n 0
Average Weekly Wage n 0

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are tuitioned to the State of Maine (Fryeburg) SAU 9
Career Technology Center(s): No Career Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2021 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: Granite State College-Conway

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 113B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95 (ME), Exit 48
Distance 64 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg MERunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 64 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 108 miles
Portland, ME 59 miles
Boston, MA 142 miles
New York City, NY 350 miles
Montreal, Quebec 220 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 93.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 2.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 86.4%
Commuting to another NH community 2.6%
Commuting out-of-state 11.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cranmore, Attitash, Shawnee Peek
Other: White Mountain National Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/11/22

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