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Monroe, NH

monroe New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Monroe
Board of Selectmen
152 Woodsville Road
Monroe, NH 03771
Telephone (603) 638-2644
Fax (603) 638-2021
E-mail monroeselectmen@roadrunner.com
Web Site www.monroenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Meeting Tuesday, 7 pm - 9 pm; Administrative Assistant: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, 8:30 am - 12 noon, 4 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday, 6 pm - 9 pm, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 12 noon

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Haverhill, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 2, 14

Incorporated: 1854
Origin: This territory was first known as Hurd's Location or West Lyman. In 1769, James Hurd was granted five islands in the Connecticut River between Lyman and Barnet, Vermont by Governor John Wentworth. Descendents of James Hurd wanted to name the town after him when it was separated from Lyman in 1854, but lost out to the name Monroe. President James Monroe, for whom a mountain in the Presidential Range had been recently named, toured the region during his presidency. Monroe contains part of the Ammonoosuc Gold Fields, extensive mineral deposits that have never been successfully mined.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 619 residents in 1860
Population Trends: Population change for Monroe totaled 371 over 57 years, from 421 in 1960 to 792 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 61 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, following a 19 percent increase in the next decade. The 2017 Census estimate for Monroe was 792 residents, which ranked 199th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 35.3 persons per square mile of land area. Monroe contains 22.4 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $999,151
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $3,439,083
Zoning Ordinance 1941/17
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Public Library Monroe Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Covered by State
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 11 miles 25
Northeastern VT, St. Johnsbury VT 15 miles 75

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Monroe Water Department
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.11
2017 Equalization Ratio 92.7
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.90
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings16.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other82.2%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 375
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 361
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 792 89,386
2010 788 89,118
2000 765 81,826
1990 734 74,998
1980 619 65,806
1970 385 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   510 Female:   473
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 49
Age 5 to 19 221
Age 20 to 34 131
Age 35 to 54 227
Age 55 to 64 156
Age 65 and over 199
Median Age 45.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $27,991
Median family income $68,542
Median household income $61,406
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $46,875
Female $39,444
Individuals below the poverty level 4.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 453 390
Employed 436 377
Unemployed 17 13
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $37 n
Average Weekly Wage $575 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $47 n
Average Weekly Wage $979 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $84 $161
Average Weekly Wage $803 $1,058
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $18 $10
Average Weekly Wage $464 $438
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $102 $171
Average Weekly Wage $744 $1,023

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Monroe operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to the State of Vermont (St. Johnsbury Academy) SAU 77
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT) Region: 4
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 85
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Lyndon State (VT)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Monroe Consolidated School Education 43
Pete & Gerry's Egg processing, poultry 96 1970

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 18
Distance 3 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, HaverhillRunway2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 56 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 123 miles
Portland, ME 131 miles
Boston, MA 173 miles
New York City, NY 318 miles
Montreal, Quebec 159 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.8%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 4.5%
Other Means 3.8%
Worked at home 5.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 29.2%
Commuting to another NH community 44.1%
Commuting out-of-state 26.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon & Black Mountains
Other: Outdoor Skating Rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/11/18

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