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Columbia, NH


columbia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Columbia Board of Selectmen
Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary
PO Box 157
Colebrook, NH 03576
Telephone (603) 237-5255
Fax (603) 237-8270
E-mail towncolumbia@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.columbianh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm, Friday, 12 noon - 4 pm

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: 1797
Origin: Columbia was first chartered in 1762, and named Preston for Richard Graham, Viscount Preston of Scotland. The original grantees were a group of members of the Society of Friends from Long Island. The town was regranted in 1770 due to grantees failing to meet the prescribed terms, and renamed Cockburntown, after Sir James Cockburn of Scotland, as was so incorporated in 1797. It kept that name until 1811, when Governor John Langdon renamed the town Columbia in the spirit of patriotism preceding the War of 1812.
Villages and Place Names: Bungy, Cones, Georges, Meriden Hill, Tinkerville
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 34 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Columbia decreased by 27 over 41 years, from 673 in 1980 to 646 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 15 percent decline between 2010 and 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Columbia was 646 residents, which ranked 210th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 10.6 persons per square mile of land area. Columbia contains 61.2 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $626,500
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,465,459
Zoning Ordinance 1971/10
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; School
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department No
Fire Department No
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Upper Connecticut Valley, Colebrook 5 miles 16

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

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.31
2021 Equalization Ratio 74.2
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.94
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings66.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other30.0%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 500
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 390
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 108
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 646 31,289
2020 645 31,173
2010 757 33,055
2000 752 33,156
1990 656 34,879
1980 673 35,014
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   354 Female:   257
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 4
Age 5 to 19 103
Age 20 to 34 88
Age 35 to 54 168
Age 55 to 64 118
Age 65 and over 130
Median Age 49.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 82.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 12.6%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,156
Median family income $53,611
Median household income $42,396
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $35,455
Female $34,286
Individuals below the poverty level 13.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 346 323
Employed 331 311
Unemployed 15 12
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 3.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 56
Average Weekly Wage n $1,267
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 8
Average Weekly Wage n $440
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 49 64
Average Weekly Wage $853 $1,167
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 6 6
Average Weekly Wage $897 $1,018
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 55 70
Average Weekly Wage $858 $1,153

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 Colebrook 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
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-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Columbia Sand & Gravel, Inc. Aggregate
Blue Mountain Variety Convenience store

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 28; Aut-55 (QC), Exit 21
Distance 45 miles; 46 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 139 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 147 miles
Portland, ME 135 miles
Boston, MA 200 miles
New York City, NY 379 miles
Montreal, Quebec 132 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.5%
Other Means 4.1%
Worked at home 7.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 92.5%
Commuting to another NH community 1.4%
Commuting out-of-state 6.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s):
   
Other: Camps

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/9/22

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