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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: Tuesday, 12 noon - 6 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 7 pm, First Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm, other hours by appointment

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 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 for Stratford declined over 57 years, dropping by 345, from 1,029 in 1960 to 684 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of two percent between 1990 and 2000; population declined by 21 percent between 2000 and 2010. The 2017 Census estimate for Stratford was 684 residents, which tied with Brookfield, ranking 209th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 8.6 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, 2018 $815,115
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $2,286,644
Zoning Ordinance 1995
Master Plan 2008
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
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 12
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 22 miles 25

Electric Supplier Mint Energy; Eversource Energy
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.16
2017 Equalization Ratio 108.7
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $34.46
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings46.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other48.8%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 569
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 380
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 26
Five or More Units in Structure 26
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 137
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 684 31,634
2010 746 33,055
2000 943 33,156
1990 928 34,879
1980 989 35,014
1970 980 34,189
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   338 Female:   300
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 24
Age 5 to 19 141
Age 20 to 34 50
Age 35 to 54 184
Age 55 to 64 99
Age 65 and over 140
Median Age 47.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 71.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 11.4%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $18,137
Median family income $42,500
Median household income $33,295
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $30,000
Female $33,125
Individuals below the poverty level 27.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 435 243
Employed 407 232
Unemployed 28 11
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $4 $7
Average Weekly Wage $485 $403
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $23 $37
Average Weekly Wage $248 $407
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $27 $45
Average Weekly Wage $281 $407
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $62 $36
Average Weekly Wage $475 $506
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $89 $80
Average Weekly Wage $416 $451

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) Region: 3
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 68
2017 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
Riverside Market & Deli Convenience stre, deli 4

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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 31.9%
Commuting to another NH community 60.7%
Commuting out-of-state 7.4%
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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; Funtastic Fridays

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/29/18

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