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Colebrook, NH

colebrook New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Colebrook
Heidi Lawton, Administrative Assistant
17 Bridge Street
Colebrook, NH 03576
Telephone (603) 237-4142; 237-4070
Fax (603) 237-5069
E-mail hlawton@colebrooknh.org
Web Site www.colebrooknh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Manager and Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday to Thursday, 8-3:30, Friday, 8-1

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

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

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 Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 51.7 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, 2020-2021 $6,909,825
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 16

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier C. Bean, C.N. Brown
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 Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.32
2022 Equalization Ratio 56.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.91
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings66.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings23.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other10.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,360
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 903
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 164
Five or More Units in Structure 115
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 178
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,108 31,504
2020 2,084 31,268
2010 2,301 33,055
2000 2,325 33,156
1990 2,453 34,879
1980 2,459 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,038 Female:   957
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 61
Age 5 to 19 236
Age 20 to 34 328
Age 35 to 54 428
Age 55 to 64 448
Age 65 and over 494
Median Age 52.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,629
High school graduate or higher 87.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,410
Median family income $64,950
Median household income $48,048
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $58,125
Female $35,398
Individuals below the poverty level 11.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,200 1,108
Employed 1,114 1,058
Unemployed 86 50
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 137 209
Average Weekly Wage $711 $916
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 861 805
Average Weekly Wage $540 $905
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 998 1,014
Average Weekly Wage $563 $907
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 172 152
Average Weekly Wage $583 $814
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,170 1,165
Average Weekly Wage $566 $895

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
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 9-12
Total Enrollment 198 118
2022 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: Plymouth State; Northern VT - Lyndon (VT)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Health care services 140 1970
Codet Stitching 18 1992
Town of Colebrook Municipal services 34 1770
Colebrook School District Education 65 1900
Bangor Savings Bank Banking services 25 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 8
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,047
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 6.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 17.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 57.1%
Commuting to another NH community 36.1%
Commuting out-of-state 6.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
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 Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/2/23

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