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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 town@stratfordnh.gov
Web Site www.stratfordnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Administrative Assistant: M-Th 9-3:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 10-1, Tuesday, 3-6, Wednesday, 9-3:30, or 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 totaled a negative 335 over 50 years, from 980 in 1970 down to 645 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Stratford was 663 residents, which ranked 209th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 8.3 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, 2022 $1,018,370
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $2,457,142
Zoning Ordinance 2023
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.16
2022 Equalization Ratio 67.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.65
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other40.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 532
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 388
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 13
Five or More Units in Structure 26
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 105
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 663 31,504
2020 662 31,268
2010 746 33,055
2000 943 33,156
1990 928 34,879
1980 989 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   519 Female:   311
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 62
Age 5 to 19 85
Age 20 to 34 107
Age 35 to 54 222
Age 55 to 64 167
Age 65 and over 187
Median Age 51.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 605
High school graduate or higher 75.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 9.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $21,934
Median family income $46,210
Median household income $45,109
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $22,091
Female $32,083
Individuals below the poverty level 30.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 281 259
Employed 247 241
Unemployed 34 18
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 6.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 7 6
Average Weekly Wage $455 $531
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 31 34
Average Weekly Wage $364 $726
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 38 40
Average Weekly Wage $381 $696
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 40 33
Average Weekly Wage $467 $549
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 77 73
Average Weekly Wage $425 $630

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 9-12
Total Enrollment 63
2022 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:

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
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 301
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 2.0%
Worked at home 9.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 21.3%
Commuting to another NH community 77.0%
Commuting out-of-state 1.7%
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): Bretton Woods
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, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/13/23

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