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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 District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 349 over 49 years, from 1,268 in 1970 to 1,617 in 2019. 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 2019 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,617 residents, which ranked 157th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 38.5 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, 2020 $1,794,394
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $3,783,002
Zoning Ordinance 1955/19
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen
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

Utilities
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:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.52
2019 Equalization Ratio 98.7
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.12
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 837
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 797
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 20
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 20
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,617 43,146
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   922 Female:   861
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 61
Age 5 to 19 311
Age 20 to 34 150
Age 35 to 54 392
Age 55 to 64 355
Age 65 and over 514
Median Age 54.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 41.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $42,241
Median family income $104,167
Median household income $82,083
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,438
Female $55,417
Individuals below the poverty level 9.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,192 979
Employed 1,137 960
Unemployed 55 19
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 19
Average Weekly Wage n $572
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 26
Average Weekly Wage n $579
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 61 46
Average Weekly Wage $447 $576
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 78 73
Average Weekly Wage $619 $699
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 140 118
Average Weekly Wage $544 $652

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 96
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 11.7%
Worked at home 15.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.5 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 19.6%
Commuting to another NH community 65.4%
Commuting out-of-state 15.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
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, 2021. Community Response Received 9/25/20

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