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Colebrook, NH

colebrook New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Colebrook
Melanie Mathieu, Administrative Assistant/Tcollector
17 Bridge Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
Telephone (603) 237-4142
Fax (603) 237-5069
E-mail mmathieu@colebrooknh.org
Web Site www.colebrooknh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 3:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm

Labor Market Area Colebrook, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development

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

Incorporated: 1796
Origin: This territory was first granted to settlers in 1762 by Governor Benning Wentworth, who named it Dryden, after English poet and playwright John Dryden. Among them were Dutch settlers from New York, who were selected in an effort to colonize territory west of the Connecticut River. The New York government also wanted to colonize the territory, and as a result, settlers formed the independent state of Vermont. Dryden grantees failed to meet the prescribed terms, and in 1770, Governor John Wentworth regranted the area to Sir George Colebrooke, Chairman of the British East India Company, and three others. At that time, the town was renamed Colebrook.
Villages and Place Names: Kidderville, Upper Kidderville, Factory Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 29 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population in Colebrook decreased by 256 over 58 years, dropping from 2,389 in 1960 down to 2,133 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. Population decreased over all other decades. The 2018 Census estimate for Colebrook was 2,133 residents, which ranked 133rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 52.3 persons per square mile of land area. Colebrook contains 40.8 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $5,057,871
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $6,706,377
Zoning Ordinance 1957/10
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Colebrook Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Upper Connecticut Valley, Colebrook Local 12

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Colebrook Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.49
2018 Equalization Ratio 107.0
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.82
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings65.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings24.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,493
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,010
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 187
Five or More Units in Structure 62
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 234
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 2,133 31,589
2010 2,301 33,055
2000 2,325 33,156
1990 2,453 34,879
1980 2,459 35,014
1970 2,094 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   970 Female:   1,038
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 55
Age 5 to 19 308
Age 20 to 34 282
Age 35 to 54 453
Age 55 to 64 411
Age 65 and over 499
Median Age 51.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 84.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 17.4%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,775
Median family income $56,250
Median household income $42,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,292
Female $30,606
Individuals below the poverty level 14.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 1,256 1,120
Employed 1,188 1,091
Unemployed 68 29
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $159 $144
Average Weekly Wage $730 $843
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $914 $874
Average Weekly Wage $544 $704
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,072 $1,018
Average Weekly Wage $572 $724
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $187 $174
Average Weekly Wage $539 $632
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,259 $1,192
Average Weekly Wage $567 $711

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Colebrook operates grades K-12 SAU 7
Career Technology Center(s): Berlin Regional Career & Technical Center Region: 2
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 219 106
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 111
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Health care services 143 1970
Codet Stitching 33 1992
Town of Colebrook Municipal services 48 1770
Colebrook School District Education 90 1900
Bangor Savings Bank Banking services 40 1889

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 26, 145
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 28; Aut-55 (QC), Exit 21
Distance 49 miles; 43 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gifford Field, ColebrookRunway2,440 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 129 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 152 miles
Portland, ME 133 miles
Boston, MA 202 miles
New York City, NY 382 miles
Montreal, Quebec 130 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.4%
Other Means 9.4%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 15.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 60.5%
Commuting to another NH community 34.4%
Commuting out-of-state 5.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X 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): Bretton Woods, Jay Peak
Other: Coleman State Park; Beaver Brook Falls; Outdoor Skating Facility

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/24/19

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