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Gorham, NH

gorham New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Gorham
Robin Frost, Town Manager
20 Park Street
Gorham, NH 03581
Telephone (603) 466-3322
Fax (603) 466-3100
E-mail rfrost@gorhamnh.org
Web Site www.gorhamnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Manager: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Assessing: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region White Mountains
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 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 decreased by 413 residents, from 3,039 in 1960 to 2,626 in 2016. Gorham was one of ten communities that lost population over 56 years. The 2016 Census estimate for Gorham was 2,626 residents, which ranked 116th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 82.3 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, 2016 $5,892,985
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $5,983,490
Zoning Ordinance 1988/15
Master Plan 2007
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 & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service 3 Full-time & volunteer
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $31.85
2016 Equalization Ratio 99.4
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $35.40
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings44.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings32.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other22.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,458
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 817
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 250
Five or More Units in Structure 165
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 226
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 2,626 32,039
2010 2,848 33,055
2000 2,902 33,156
1990 3,204 34,879
1980 3,322 35,014
1970 2,998 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,340 Female:   1,359
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 150
Age 5 to 19 346
Age 20 to 34 412
Age 35 to 54 742
Age 55 to 64 501
Age 65 and over 548
Median Age 47.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.8%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $30,177
Median family income $65,270
Median household income $53,009
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $46,545
Female $35,150
Individuals below the poverty level 8.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 1,638 1,349
Employed 1,577 1,300
Unemployed 61 49
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $616 $221
Average Weekly Wage $910 $919
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,631 $1,410
Average Weekly Wage $502 $574
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,248 $1,631
Average Weekly Wage $614 $621
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $257 $257
Average Weekly Wage $658 $735
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $2,505 $1,888
Average Weekly Wage $619 $636

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 Region: 2
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 166 113 134
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 330
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 218 1998
Berlin City Auto Group Car sales, service 150 1983
Royalty Health Club/Inn Health club, motel 44
Town of Gorham Municipal services 54 1836
Family Resource Center Human services 52 1999
Mr. Pizza Restaurant 60
Kelley Trucking Trucking & logging 40
AutoNorth Preowned Superstore, Inc. Car sales, service 41 2010
Gorham Paper & Tissue, LLC Manufacturing 122 2011
Yokohama Restaurant Restaurant 38

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 6
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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.9%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 16.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 50.1%
Commuting to another NH community 48.8%
Commuting out-of-state 1.1%
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 Tourists 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; 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 Trails Outdoor 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,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/19/17

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