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Orange, NH

orange New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Orange
Michelle Goffreda, Town Clerk
Municipal Building, PO Box 37
Canaan, NH 03741
Telephone (603) 523-4467
Fax (603) 523-7054
E-mail orangetownclerk@myfairpoint.net
Web Site Not Available

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk: Thursday, 5-7; Tax Collector: phone or by appointment

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 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Grafton County Districts 9, 18

Incorporated: 1790
Origin: This township was chartered by Governor John Wentworth in 1769 as Cardigan, a name that had been used for some time. In 1779, residents petitioned for incorporation so taxes could be collected, and requested a name change to Bradford or Warwick. The petition failed, and in 1783 a second petition was made, with a request to name the town Middleton. That petition failed also, and a third petition was made in 1789, with a request to name the town Liscomb. The name Liscomb was subsequently crossed out and replaced with Orange in the 1790 incorporation document. Orange was probably chosen because of the large quantities of yellow-orange ochre found in Mount Cardigan.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 131 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Orange totaled 178 over 50 years, from 103 in 1970 to 281 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Orange was 284 residents, which ranked 230th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 12.3 persons per square mile of land area. Orange contains 23.1 square miles of land area and 0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $259,132
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $923,757
Zoning Ordinance 1985/18
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department No
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Canaan - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 20 miles 419
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 17 miles 23

Electric Supplier Granite State; NH Electric Coop; Eversource Energy
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.23
2022 Equalization Ratio 92.0
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.38
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 174
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 136
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 38
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 284 91,126
2020 277 91,118
2010 331 89,118
2000 299 81,826
1990 237 74,998
1980 197 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   182 Female:   169
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 4
Age 5 to 19 52
Age 20 to 34 92
Age 35 to 54 97
Age 55 to 64 36
Age 65 and over 70
Median Age 40.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 252
High school graduate or higher 96.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 42.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,586
Median family income $82,500
Median household income $95,417
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,821
Female $44,821
Individuals below the poverty level 9.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 188 177
Employed 182 171
Unemployed 6 6
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n 10
Average Weekly Wage n $925
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 5 3
Average Weekly Wage $69 $270
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n 13
Average Weekly Wage n $776

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)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels 9-12
Total Enrollment
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
FC Hammond & Sons Lumber 14

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 17
Distance 14 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon MunicipalRunway5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 21 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 64 miles
Portland, ME 158 miles
Boston, MA 114 miles
New York City, NY 284 miles
Montreal, Quebec 202 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 191
Drove alone, car/truck/van 69.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 3.1%
Worked at home 15.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 17.8%
Commuting to another NH community 74.3%
Commuting out-of-state 7.9%
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
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 Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway, Ragged Mountain
Other: Mount Cardigan State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/6/22

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