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Cornish, NH

cornish New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Cornish
Board of Selectmen
488 Town House Road
Cornish, NH 03745
Telephone (603) 675-5611
Fax (603) 675-5605
E-mail townbos@comcast.net
Web Site www.cornishnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Assessing: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday, 3 pm - 5 pm; Administrative Assistant: Monday, 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, closed Wednesday; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 5 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA, NH part
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 5
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 1, 9

Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Established in 1763, the town was once known as Mast Camp, because it was the shipping point for the tall masts floated down the river by the English for use by the Royal Navy. Cornish was named for Sir Samuel Cornish, a distinguished admiral of the Royal Navy. Cornish is known as a summer resort for artists and writers, with residents including Maxfield Parrish and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens' home and studio were named a national historic site in 1964. Cornish also is the site of four covered bridges all on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.
Villages and Place Names: Ballock, Cornish Center, Cornish City, Cornish Flat, Cornish Mills, South Cornish, Squag City
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Cornish totaled 564 over 55 years, from 1,106 in 1960 to 1,670 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was a two percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2015 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,670 residents, which ranked 153rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 39.8 persons per square mile of land area. Cornish contains 42.0 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $1,414,238
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $3,567,274
Zoning Ordinance 1955/15
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library George H. Stowell Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 3 miles 35
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Eversource Energy; Liberty Utilities
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
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) $21.40
2016 Equalization Ratio 99.6
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.31
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,637
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 684
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 19
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 34
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 1,670 43,135
2010 1,640 43,742
2000 1,667 40,560
1990 1,639 38,652
1980 1,390 36,063
1970 1,268 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   885 Female:   785
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 41
Age 5 to 19 344
Age 20 to 34 200
Age 35 to 54 441
Age 55 to 64 390
Age 65 and over 254
Median Age 49.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.2%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,482
Median family income $84,688
Median household income $77,708
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $51,932
Female $46,250
Individuals below the poverty level 6.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 1,144 976
Employed 1,115 954
Unemployed 29 22
Unemployment Rate 2.5% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 22 18
Average Weekly Wage $406 $544
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 44 29
Average Weekly Wage $475 $534
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 66 48
Average Weekly Wage $452 $538
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 75 66
Average Weekly Wage $553 $663
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 141 114
Average Weekly Wage $506 $611

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Cornish operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont or the State of Vermont (Windsor and Hartford) SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont) Region: 10
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 85
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 24
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Cornish Elementary School Education 30 1768
Dingee Machine Company Fire apparatus 7 1979
Cornish Highway Department Highway department 5 1768
12% Solution Convenience store 4 1965

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 9
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 82 miles
Portland, ME 174 miles
Boston, MA 132 miles
New York City, NY 251 miles
Montreal, Quebec 199 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.8%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 17.5%
Commuting to another NH community 60.1%
Commuting out-of-state 22.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
X 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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Cornish Fair; St Gaudens National Historic Site

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/12/17

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