Grafton New Hampshire Community Profile

Grafton new hampshire community profile
Grafton, NH
Community Contact Town of Grafton
Board of Selectmen
Town Office Building, PO Box 299
Grafton, NH 03240

Telephone (603) 523-7700
Fax (603) 523-4026
E-mail grafton_twn@endor.com
Web Site www.townofgrafton.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
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 5
State Representative
Grafton County District 10
Incorporated: 1778

Origin: This town was named for Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Earl of Arlington and Euston, Viscount Thetford, and Baron Sudbury. The Duke was a pro-American member of English government prior to the Revolution, and related to Governor Benning Wentworth. Grafton County and Thetford, Vermont, were also named in honor of the Duke. Grantees of the initial 1761 charter voted to surrender their grant in 1762. The land was regranted in 1769 to new colonists, including John Hancock and James Otis, well-known Boston patriots.

Villages and Place Names: East Grafton, Grafton Center, Robinson Corner, Cardigan Station

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 403 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Grafton totaled 696 over 50 years, from 442 in 1950 to 1,138 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 100 percent between 1970 and 1980, doubling the population over those ten years. The 2006 Census estimate for Grafton was 1,117 residents, which ranked 175th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 26.9 persons per square mile of land area. Grafton contains 41.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2000 $578,402
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1987
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Library
Appointed:
Recreation

Public Library Grafton Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 22 miles 35
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 23 miles 32
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 25 miles 396

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Valley Propane
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 No
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
No
Residential
No

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.54
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.36

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
1.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
2.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 787
   
2006 Single-Family Units 595
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
10
2006 Multi-Family Units 44
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 148
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,117 85,336
2000 1,138 81,826
1990 924 74,998
1980 739 65,806
1970 370 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
601
Female
537

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
72
Age 5 to 19
240
Age 20 to 34
191
Age 35 to 54
406
Age 55 to 64
114
Age 65 and over
115
Median Age
38.8 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
21.9%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $16,944
Median 4-person family income $41,875
Median household income $38,654

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$30,074
Female
$23,750

Families below the poverty level 4.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
351 671
Employed
334 652
Unemployed
17 19
Unemployment Rate
4.8% 2.8%

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
7 n
Average Weekly Wage
$306 n
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
7 43
Average Weekly Wage
$306 $308
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
13 19
Average Weekly Wage
$186 $274
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
20 62
Average Weekly Wage
$227 $298
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: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State University; Lebanon
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Town of Grafton Municipal services 12 1778
Ruggles Mine Tourist attraction 10
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 4
  State Routes 4A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 17; I-93, Exit 23
         Distance 19 miles; 21 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 26 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
55 miles
Portland, ME
110 miles
Boston, MA
105 miles
New York City, NY
289 miles
Montreal, Quebec
210 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
72.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
17.8%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.8%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.2 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
76%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X 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
X 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
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mtn
   
Other: Ruggles Mine
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/17/07

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