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Orford, NH

orford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Orford
Deborah Hadlock, Town Clerk
2529 Route 25A
Orford, NH 03777
Telephone (603) 353-4404
Fax (603) 353-4489
E-mail townclerk@orfordnh.us
Web Site www.orfordnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Tuesday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 1 pm - 6 pm, Wednesday, 10 am - 1 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 11 am

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 3, 15

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This town was chartered in 1761 to Jonathan Moulton and several members of his family. Governor Benning Wentworth gave it the name of Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, known as the first Prime Minister of England, though that title was not used at the time. One of the town's first settlers, many of who had come from Connecticut, was General Israel Morey. His son Samuel was a prolific inventor who determined a way to separate hydrogen from oxygen in water, using the knowledge to develop the first marine steam engine, testing the first steamboat on the river at Orford.
Villages and Place Names: Gilmans Corner, Merriwood Camp, Orfordville, Quintown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 540 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Orford totaled 628 over 58 years, from 667 in 1960 to 1,295 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Orford was 1,295 residents, which ranked 173rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 27.9 persons per square mile of land area. Orford contains 46.4 square miles of land area and 1.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $976,572
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $3,394,440
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library Orford Free; Orford Social

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 20 miles 35
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 22 miles 406
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 27 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Orford Village District & private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Topsham Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.10
2018 Equalization Ratio 92.3
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.96
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 675
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 601
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 27
Five or More Units in Structure 6
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 41
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,295 89,786
2010 1,237 89,118
2000 1,090 81,826
1990 1,009 74,998
1980 928 65,806
1970 793 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   663 Female:   844
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 34
Age 5 to 19 286
Age 20 to 34 178
Age 35 to 54 553
Age 55 to 64 204
Age 65 and over 252
Median Age 44.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.2%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $41,929
Median family income $95,469
Median household income $83,594
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $81,563
Female $46,923
Individuals below the poverty level 6.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 705 801
Employed 684 789
Unemployed 21 12
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $64 $48
Average Weekly Wage $579 $937
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $96 $152
Average Weekly Wage $638 $942
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $160 $200
Average Weekly Wage $614 $940
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $102 $89
Average Weekly Wage $662 $772
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $262 $289
Average Weekly Wage $633 $888

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 Rivendell Interstate (Orford NH; Fairlee VT, West Fairlee VT, Vershire VT) SAU 78
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT); River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT) Region: 4; 7
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 7-12
Total Enrollment 208
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Lebanon; Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Rivendell Interstate School Education

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 25A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 15
Distance 3 mile
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 25 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 88 miles
Portland, ME 120 miles
Boston, MA 138 miles
New York City, NY 289 miles
Montreal, Quebec 189 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 55.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.1%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 37.8%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 42.8%
Commuting to another NH community 40.8%
Commuting out-of-state 16.4%
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 Tourists Attractions
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Rivendell Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/9/17

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