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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 - 2 pm

County Coös
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
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 Districts 2, 7

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 57 years. Population change totaled 453, from 2,586 in 1960 down to 2,133 in 2017. The population decreased over four of the last five decades. The 2017 Census estimate for Northumberland was 2,133 residents, which ranked 134th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 58.1 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, 2017 $3,359,919
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,025,549
Zoning Ordinance 1959/10
Master Plan 2003
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; Auditor
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Cemetery Sexton
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
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) $35.18
2017 Equalization Ratio 98.8
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $37.57
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings60.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other26.3%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,186
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 774
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 146
Five or More Units in Structure 72
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 194
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 2,133 31,634
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   1,226 Female:   1,148
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 163
Age 5 to 19 419
Age 20 to 34 458
Age 35 to 54 547
Age 55 to 64 369
Age 65 and over 418
Median Age 45.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 13.1%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $21,579
Median family income $58,125
Median household income $39,823
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $37,500
Female $30,039
Individuals below the poverty level 8.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,171 1,002
Employed 1,119 959
Unemployed 52 43
Unemployment Rate 4.4% 4.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n $100
Average Weekly Wage n $760
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n $165
Average Weekly Wage n $523
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $558 $264
Average Weekly Wage $742 $612
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $165 $153
Average Weekly Wage $531 $630
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $723 $417
Average Weekly Wage $694 $619

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 127 78 130
2017 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
Speedway 51 Race track 2014
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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 6.1%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 1.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 23.3%
Commuting to another NH community 71.4%
Commuting out-of-state 5.3%
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
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
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, Balsams
Other: Meeting House; Covered Bridge; Auto Race Track; Train Caboose; Canoe access; ATV Trail acess; G.R.E.A.T. Paddle Fest, Street Fair; Snowmobile Trail access; White Mtn Forest Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/9/17

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