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Northumberland, NH

northumberland New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Northumberland
Rebecca Craggy, Administrative Assistant
19 Main Street
Groveton, NH 03582
Telephone (603) 636-1450
Fax (603) 636-6098
E-mail b.craggy@northumberlandnh.org
Web Site www.northumberlandnh.weebly.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen Office: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, last day of month, 8 am - 12 noon

Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative

Incorporated: 1779
Origin: This town was first granted in 1761 as Stonington, probably due to Governor Benning Wentworth's relationship with shipbuilding interests in Stonington, Connecticut. By 1767, only a few of the grantees had settled there. The territory was regranted by Governor John Wentworth in 1771 as Northumberland in honor of Hugh Smithson, first Duke of Northumberland. The Duke's son, James Smithson, is remembered for leaving a legacy of more than a half million dollars for the founding of Smithsonian Institution.
Villages and Place Names: Groveton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 117 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Northumberland had the fourth largest decrease in numeric population change over 49 years. Population change totaled 354, from 2,493 in 1970 down to 2,139 in 2019. The population decreased over three of the last four decades. The 2019 Census estimate for Northumberland was 2,139 residents, which ranked 133rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 58.2 persons per square mile of land area. Northumberland contains 36.7 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $3,468,415
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020 $6,576,000
Zoning Ordinance 1959/10
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Trust Funds; Treasurer; School; Tax Collection Precinct; Cemetery; Checklist; Moderator
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Cemetery Sexton; Road Agent
Public Library Northumberland Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 11 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Groveton Water System; Lost Nation Water System
Sanitation Municipal
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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $32.44
2019 Equalization Ratio 91.3
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.59
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings51.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other36.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,170
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 786
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 181
Five or More Units in Structure 80
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 123
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 2,139 31,563
2010 2,288 33,055
2000 2,440 33,156
1990 2,495 34,879
1980 2,520 35,014
1970 2,493 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,171 Female:   1,151
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 179
Age 5 to 19 387
Age 20 to 34 403
Age 35 to 54 538
Age 55 to 64 408
Age 65 and over 407
Median Age 45.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 84.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 8.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $23,559
Median family income $61,346
Median household income $45,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $40,238
Female $40,083
Individuals below the poverty level 10.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,132 1,041
Employed 1,023 1,007
Unemployed 109 34
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 25 n
Average Weekly Wage $678 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 133 n
Average Weekly Wage $485 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 158 293
Average Weekly Wage $516 $554
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 178 146
Average Weekly Wage $524 $706
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 335 440
Average Weekly Wage $520 $605

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Northumberland operates grades K-12 SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS Region: 3
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 118 81 125
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 70
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State Univerity; Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Perras Ace Hardware store 50 1987
Ocean State Job Lots Department store 50 2006
Normandeau Trucking & Debris Disposal Trash Removal and moving services 15 1996
Prima America Bio/Diesel Fuel Mfg. 16 2010
North Country Shop 'n Save Supermarket 15 2000
Dollar General Department store 8-10 2013
Batch's Convenience Store Convenience store , gas 2015
Riverside Speedway & Adventure Park Race track, adventure park, camping 2017
NSA Industries Precision machining, metal fabrication, powder coating 60 2017

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 110
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 41
Distance 30 miles
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, WhitefieldRunway4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 99 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 125 miles
Portland, ME 126 miles
Boston, MA 176 miles
New York City, NY 358 miles
Montreal, Quebec 149 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 16.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.5%
Other Means 4.1%
Worked at home 5.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 20.2%
Commuting to another NH community 74.4%
Commuting out-of-state 5.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
Performing Arts Facilities
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Cannon
Other: Meeting House; Covered Bridge; Auto Race Track; Train Caboose; Canoe access; Snowmobile Trail access; White Mtn Forest Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 7/30/20

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