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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

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

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

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 250, over 57 years, dropping from 2,389 in 1960 to 2,139 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. Population decreased over all other decades. The 2017 Census estimate for Colebrook was 2,139 residents, which ranked 133rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 52.5 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, 2018 $4,492,295
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,841,542
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.49
2017 Equalization Ratio 107.0
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.82
2017 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 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,472
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 919
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 200
Five or More Units in Structure 109
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 247
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 2,139 31,634
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,135 Female:   1,090
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 92
Age 5 to 19 325
Age 20 to 34 271
Age 35 to 54 630
Age 55 to 64 458
Age 65 and over 449
Median Age 49.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $24,932
Median family income $53,750
Median household income $46,208
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $37,917
Female $31,406
Individuals below the poverty level 16.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,257 1,112
Employed 1,194 1,079
Unemployed 63 33
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $142 $153
Average Weekly Wage $659 $922
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $917 $876
Average Weekly Wage $499 $626
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,059 $1,028
Average Weekly Wage $521 $669
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $178 $163
Average Weekly Wage $502 $650
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,237 $1,192
Average Weekly Wage $518 $667

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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 214 113 8
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 115
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
Granite 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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 67.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 9.0%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 13.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 59.8%
Commuting to another NH community 30.4%
Commuting out-of-state 9.8%
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,December 2018. Community Response Received 8/15/18

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