Dorchester New Hampshire Community Profile

Dorchester new hampshire community profile
Dorchester, NH
Community Contact Dorchester Board of Selectmen
Linda Landry, Secretary
804 River Road
Dorchester, NH 03266

Telephone (603) 523-7119
Fax (603) 523-8860
E-mail townofdorchester@earthlink.net
Web Site www.townofdorchester.net

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 9 am - 11 am, Wednesday, 3 pm - 6 pm, and fourth Saturday of each month, 9 am - 11 am

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 2
State Representative
Grafton County District 10
Incorporated: 1761

Origin: First chartered in 1761, Dorchester was probably given its name in honor of ancestors of Governor Benning Wentworth, who held the titles Marquis of Dorchester and Earl of Kingston. Due to the inability of grantees to meet prescribed terms of settlement, the territory was granted twice more, once in 1766 and again in 1772, retaining the name Dorchester throughout. The town's first moderator, Captain John Thompson, was a descendant of David Thompson, who was one of the first settlers in the colony, at Rye's Odiorne Point in 1623.

Villages and Place Names: Bucks Corner, Cheever, North Dorchester

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 175 residents in 1790

Population Trends: One of the state's smallest towns, population change for Dorchester totaled 220 over 50 years, from 133 in 1950 to 353 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 73 percent between 1970 and 1980, a numeric increase of 103. The 2006 Census estimate for Dorchester was 346 residents, which ranked 221st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 7.8 persons per square mile of land area. Dorchester contains 44.6 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $417,464
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1989
Master Plan 1981
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Cemetery
Appointed:
Zoning

Public Library No Library

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department No
Fire Department Canaan, Rumney, Lyme - Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Canaan, Warren, Wentworth - Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 18 miles 35
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 23 miles 32

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $23.85
2006 Equalization Ratio 81.7
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.55

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
93.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
7.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 245
   
2006 Single-Family Units 194
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Multi-Family Units 8
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 43
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 346 85,336
2000 353 81,826
1990 392 74,998
1980 244 65,806
1970 141 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
175
Female
178

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
21
Age 5 to 19
82
Age 20 to 34
46
Age 35 to 54
127
Age 55 to 64
35
Age 65 and over
42
Median Age
39.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
85.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
16.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $18,940
Median 4-person family income $42,292
Median household income $40,833

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,000
Female
$24,375

Families below the poverty level 8.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
180 172
Employed
176 166
Unemployed
4 6
Unemployment Rate
2.2% 3.5%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
0 n
Average Weekly Wage
$0 n
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
5 7
Average Weekly Wage
$91 $125
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n n
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Mascoma Valley Regional (Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Orange) District: SAU 62
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 07

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia; Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Lebanon; Dartmouth
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Town of Dorchester Municipal services 1 full time, 6 part time
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 118
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 26
         Distance 19 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, Bristol
Runway
1,930 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 27 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
79 miles
Portland, ME
120 miles
Boston, MA
129 miles
New York City, NY
290 miles
Montreal, Quebec
212 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
88.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
3.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.2%
Other Means
0.0%
Worked at home
7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 39.1 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
18%
Commuting to another NH community
77%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Tenney, Ragged Mtns
   
Other: Dorchester Old Home Days
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/09/07

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