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Gorham, NH

gorham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gorham
Peter Gagnon,Town Manager
20 Park Street
Gorham, NH 03581
Telephone (603) 466-3322
Fax (603) 466-9869
E-mail townmgr@gorhamnh.org
Web Site www.gorhamnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Manager: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30, closed daily 12-12:45

County Coos
Labor Market Area Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region White Mountains
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 6

Incorporated: 1836
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1770 as part of Shelburne called Shelburne Addition. Shelburne settlers petitioned the Legislature in 1786 for an addition of land because they felt a large portion of their grant was useless due to the mountains and rocks. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1836 and renamed Gorham at the suggestion of Sylvester Davis, a resident from Gorham, Maine, and a relative of the Gorham family who founded that town in 1764. The Gorham family has long been part of New England history, first settling in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1643.
Villages and Place Names: Mount Washington, Upper Village, Cascade, Lead Mines
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 111 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Population change for Gorham totaled a negative 368 over 50 years, from 2,998 in 1970 down to 2,630 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Gorham was 2,702 residents, which ranked 117th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 84.7 persons per square mile of land area. Gorham contains 31.9 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $5,279,006
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $10,458,324
Zoning Ordinance 1988/21
Master Plan 2020
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Water & Sewer; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Town Forest
Public Library Gorham Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & on-call
Emergency Medical Service 3 Full-time & on-call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Androscoggin Valley, Berlin 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier PNGTS
Water Supplier Gorham Water Department
Sanitation Gorham Sewer Department
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $24.25
2022 Equalization Ratio 91.0
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.87
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings25.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other19.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,696
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 908
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 284
Five or More Units in Structure 221
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 283
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,702 31,504
2020 2,698 31,268
2010 2,848 33,055
2000 2,902 33,156
1990 3,204 34,879
1980 3,322 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,325 Female:   1,316
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 35
Age 5 to 19 283
Age 20 to 34 294
Age 35 to 54 717
Age 55 to 64 560
Age 65 and over 752
Median Age 54.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 2,195
High school graduate or higher 95.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,217
Median family income $88,203
Median household income $54,325
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $58,203
Female $47,454
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,530 1,242
Employed 1,422 1,199
Unemployed 108 43
Unemployment Rate 7.1% 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 261 155
Average Weekly Wage $916 $1,046
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,319 1,340
Average Weekly Wage $527 $802
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,580 1,494
Average Weekly Wage $592 $828
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 253 234
Average Weekly Wage $717 $830
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,833 1,728
Average Weekly Wage $609 $828

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Gorham-Randolph-Shelburne Cooperative SAU 20
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 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 151 94 135 63
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 108
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State; Northern VT - Lyndon (VT)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 210 1998
Berlin City Auto Group Car sales, service 156 1983
Quality Inn & Suites Health club, motel 18 2020
Town of Gorham Municipal services 78 1836
Family Resource Center Human services 71 1999
Mr. Pizza Restaurant 42 1986
Kelley Trucking Trucking & logging 32
Nucar Preowned Superstore, Inc. Car sales, service 17 2010
White Mountain Paper Co Manufacturing 65 2011
Yokohama Restaurant Restaurant 30 1964

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 2
State Routes 16
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 35
Distance 35 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation NCT
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gorham AirportRunway2,800 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 92 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 127 miles
Portland, ME 94 miles
Boston, MA 178 miles
New York City, NY 377 miles
Montreal, Quebec 179 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,378
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.6%
Other Means 3.3%
Worked at home 1.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 36.1%
Commuting to another NH community 62.4%
Commuting out-of-state 1.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Wildcat, Nansen Ski Club Trails
Other: Youth Softball; Co-Ed Adult Softball; Moose Tours; Mount Washington Auto Road; Moose Brook State Park; Summer Concert Series; 4th of July Celebration; ATV Trails; Hiking Trails; ATV Festival; Fitness Trails; Wildman Biathalon; Great Glen Outdoor Trails Center; White Mtn National Forest; Medallion Opera House; Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum; Ice Skating Rink: Outdoor Facility; Mountain Bike Trails; Androscoggin Valley Country Club; Summer Park Program; Outdoor Movie Nights; Farmers Market; Flea Market

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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