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Grafton, NH

grafton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Grafton
Board of Selectmen
Town Office Building, PO Box 299
Grafton, NH 03240
Telephone (603) 523-7700
Fax (603) 523-4026
E-mail selectmen@townofgraftonnh.com
Web Site www.townofgraftonnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County Districts 9, 17

Incorporated: 1778
Origin: This town was named for Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Earl of Arlington and Euston, Viscount Thetford, and Baron Sudbury. The Duke was a pro-American member of English government prior to the Revolution, and related to Governor Benning Wentworth. Grafton County and Thetford, Vermont, were also named in honor of the Duke. Grantees of the initial 1761 charter voted to surrender their grant in 1762. The land was regranted in 1769 to new colonists, including John Hancock and James Otis, well-known Boston patriots.
Villages and Place Names: East Grafton, Grafton Center, Robinson Corner, Cardigan Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 403 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Grafton totaled 959 over 49 years, from 370 in 1970 to 1,329 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 100 percent between 1970 and 1980, nearly doubling the population over those ten years. The 2019 Census estimate for Grafton was 1,329 residents, which ranked 172nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 31.9 persons per square mile of land area. Grafton contains 41.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $1,361,046
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $2,458,398
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1987
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Library; Budget; Treasurer; Tax Collector; Town Clerk; Police Chief; Checklist; Road Agent; Cemetery; Moderator
Public Library Grafton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 22 miles 25
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 23 miles 25
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 25 miles 406

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.77
2019 Equalization Ratio 85.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.93
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 846
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 699
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 18
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 129
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,329 89,886
2010 1,340 89,118
2000 1,138 81,826
1990 924 74,998
1980 739 65,806
1970 370 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   706 Female:   656
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 101
Age 5 to 19 192
Age 20 to 34 249
Age 35 to 54 288
Age 55 to 64 263
Age 65 and over 269
Median Age 46.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,373
Median family income $68,333
Median household income $61,429
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $48,438
Female $39,063
Individuals below the poverty level 9.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 712 676
Employed 671 659
Unemployed 41 17
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 34 24
Average Weekly Wage $353 $603
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 14 13
Average Weekly Wage $531 $574
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 48 37
Average Weekly Wage $405 $593

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 Mascoma Valley Regional (Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Orange) SAU 62
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT) Region: 7
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Grafton Municipal services 12 1778

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 4A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 17; I-93, Exit 23
Distance 19 miles; 21 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, BristolRunway1,900 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 26 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 148 miles
Boston, MA 106 miles
New York City, NY 291 miles
Montreal, Quebec 209 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.8%
Other Means 2.5%
Worked at home 10.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 41.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 11.9%
Commuting to another NH community 77.2%
Commuting out-of-state 10.9%
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X 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 Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/11/16

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