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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, Wednesday, 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 3 pm, Friday, 10 am - 3 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: 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 totaled 263 over 55 years, from 457 in 1960 to 720 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was a 44 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, a numeric increase of 206. The 2015 Census estimate for Columbia was 720 residents, which ranked 207th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 11.8 persons per square mile of land area. Columbia contains 61.2 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $533,004
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $1,612,775
Zoning Ordinance 1971/10
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; School
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 12

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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.81
2016 Equalization Ratio 91.0
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.89
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings65.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other30.9%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 480
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 373
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 9
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 95
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 720 31,870
2010 757 33,055
2000 752 33,156
1990 656 34,879
1980 673 35,014
1970 467 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   363 Female:   357
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 35
Age 5 to 19 125
Age 20 to 34 79
Age 35 to 54 223
Age 55 to 64 97
Age 65 and over 161
Median Age 48.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 20.1%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,157
Median family income $63,875
Median household income $53,036
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $42,000
Female $32,125
Individuals below the poverty level 16.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 411 311
Employed 400 298
Unemployed 11 13
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 4.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 45 n
Average Weekly Wage $687 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 7 n
Average Weekly Wage $255 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 52 61
Average Weekly Wage $629 $1,298
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 2 6
Average Weekly Wage $364 $973
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 54 67
Average Weekly Wage $618 $1,270

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 Region: 2
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2017 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 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 12.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 18.9%
Commuting to another NH community 72.1%
Commuting out-of-state 9.0%
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
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Balsams Wilderness
Other: Camps

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/01/17

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