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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: Monday, 6:30-8:30, Thursday, 3-5; Administraive Assistant.: Monday, 12:30-8:30, Tuesday, 8:30-4, Thursday, 9:30-5, Friday, 8:30-12:30, closed Wedneday; Town Clerk: Tuesday and Thursday. 5-7, Wednesday, 12-3 and 5-7, last Saturday each month, 9-12; Tax Collector: Monday, 9-11:30

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 District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 5
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 2, 7

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 355 over 50 years, from 1,268 in 1970 to 1,623 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,651 residents, which ranked 157th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 39.3 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, 2021 $1,504,471
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $4,080,368
Zoning Ordinance 1955/20
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 25
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 Consolidated; 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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.67
2022 Equalization Ratio 76.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.94
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 825
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 748
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 14
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 63
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,651 43,958
2020 1,616 43,063
2010 1,640 43,742
2000 1,667 40,560
1990 1,639 38,652
1980 1,390 36,063
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   834 Female:   866
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 93
Age 5 to 19 195
Age 20 to 34 213
Age 35 to 54 341
Age 55 to 64 354
Age 65 and over 504
Median Age 55.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,374
High school graduate or higher 96.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $45,807
Median family income $104,148
Median household income $78,894
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,071
Female $77,874
Individuals below the poverty level 5.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 986 950
Employed 948 925
Unemployed 38 25
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 28
Average Weekly Wage n $713
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 31
Average Weekly Wage n $834
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n 59
Average Weekly Wage n $776
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 74 76
Average Weekly Wage $695 $751
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n 135
Average Weekly Wage n $762

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 100
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 125
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 34
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; 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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 873
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 8.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 14.4%
Commuting to another NH community 71.1%
Commuting out-of-state 14.5%
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 Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/8/23

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