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Stratford, NH

stratford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Stratford
Board of Selectmen
1956 US Route 3, PO Box 366
North Stratford, NH 03590-0366
Telephone (603) 922-5533
Fax (603) 922-3317
E-mail stratfordnh@gmail.com
Web Site www.stratfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 3:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 10 am - 1 pm, Tuesday, 3 pm - 6 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm, other hours by appointment

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

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

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: This territory was chartered in 1762 to early settlers mostly from Woodbury, Connecticut, as Woodbury. Indian troubles had many families forfeiting their claims, and even after a 1770 charter renewal, the original grantees were unable to make a settlement. The territory was chartered again in 1773 to Joshua Wentworth and others as Stratford, after another town in Connecticut. The name is also in honor of Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's home. The entire tract was one of the largest granted in New Hampshire, a total of 48,603 acres. The town was incorporated as Stratford in 1779 upon petition by residents.
Villages and Place Names: Beatties, Mapleton, Masons, North Stratford, Stratford Center, Stratford Hollow, East Stratford
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 146 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Stratford decreased by 345 over 41 years, from 989 in 1980 to 644 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was a 21 percent decline between 2000 and 2010. The 2021 Census estimate for Stratford was 644 residents, which ranked 212th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 8.1 persons per square mile of land area. Stratford contains 79.9 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $938,469
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $2,282,000
Zoning Ordinance 1995
Master Plan 2021
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Treasurer; Checklist; Moderator; Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Appointed:Zoning; Planning; Conservation
Public Library Stratford Public

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Upper Connecticut Valley, Colebrook 15 miles 16
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 22 miles 25

Electric Supplier Nextera; Eversource
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & municipal
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.28
2021 Equalization Ratio 95.7
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.80
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other39.3%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 585
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 409
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 16
Five or More Units in Structure 27
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 133
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 644 31,289
2020 642 31,173
2010 746 33,055
2000 943 33,156
1990 928 34,879
1980 989 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   547 Female:   344
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 72
Age 5 to 19 98
Age 20 to 34 138
Age 35 to 54 257
Age 55 to 64 152
Age 65 and over 174
Median Age 49.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 72.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 7.7%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $20,019
Median family income $43,469
Median household income $42,321
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $21,788
Female $35,469
Individuals below the poverty level 33.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 287 250
Employed 250 232
Unemployed 37 18
Unemployment Rate 12.9% 7.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 6 7
Average Weekly Wage $419 $428
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 20 27
Average Weekly Wage $298 $624
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 26 34
Average Weekly Wage $326 $584
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 50 32
Average Weekly Wage $477 $516
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 76 66
Average Weekly Wage $425 $551

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Stratford operates grades K-8; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Northumberland SAU 58
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield)
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 49
2021 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; Granite State College-Berlin

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Stratford School Education 20
Town of Stratford Municipal services 45 PT/2 FT 1773
North Woods Trading Post Gas, convenience, pizza 4
Hollow Village General Store Convenience store, gas 3
Burns Truck Stop Convenience store 3
Claudette & Dean's Place Restaurant

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 28; I-93, Exit 41
Distance 36 miles; 43 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Gifford Field, ColebrookRunway2,440 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 110 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 139 miles
Portland, ME 139 miles
Boston, MA 189 miles
New York City, NY 369 miles
Montreal, Quebec 135 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 3.3%
Worked at home 12.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 86.1%
Commuting to another NH community 13.0%
Commuting out-of-state 0.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):
Other: Nash Stream Forest; Quad Rodeo; 4-Wheeler Trails; Nature Conservancy Lands; Grange; Cohos Historical Society; Old Home Day; Lion Cubs 4-H

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/18/22

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