Orford New Hampshire Community Profile

Orford new hampshire community profile
Orford, NH
Community Contact Town of Orford
Louise Mack, Town Clerk
59 Archertown Road
Orford, NH 03777

Telephone (603) 353-4404
Fax (603) 353-4889
E-mail orfordselectmen@joimail.com
Web Site www.orfordnh.us

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm - 5 pm, Wednesday, 1 pm - 5 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 2:30 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 6 pm - 8 pm, and Thursday, 8 am - 11 am

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 2
State Representative
Grafton County District 6
Incorporated: 1761

Origin: This town was chartered in 1761 to Jonathan Moulton and several members of his family. Governor Benning Wentworth gave it the name of Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, known as the first Prime Minister of England, though that title was not used at the time. One of the town's first setters, many of who had come from Connecticut, was General Israel Morey. His son Samuel was a prolific inventor who determined a way to separate hydrogen from oxygen in water, using the knowledge to develop the first marine steam engine, testing the first steamboat on the river at Orford.

Villages and Place Names: Gilmans Corner, Merriwood Camp, Orfordville, Quintown

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 540 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Orford totaled 364 over 50 years, from 726 in 1950 to 1,090 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by a 17 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2006 Census estimate for Orford was 1,068 residents, which ranked 181st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 23.0 persons per square mile of land area. Orford contains 46.4 square miles of land area and 1.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $1,193,572
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Budget
Appointed:
Conservation; Library

Public Library Orford Free; Orford Social

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 20 miles 25
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 22 miles 396
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 27 miles 32

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Orford Village District & private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.38
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.53

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
88.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings
7.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 621
   
2006 Single-Family Units 505
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Multi-Family Units 65
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 50
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,068 85,336
2000 1,090 81,826
1990 1,009 74,998
1980 928 65,806
1970 793 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
532
Female
559

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
73
Age 5 to 19
185
Age 20 to 34
192
Age 35 to 54
371
Age 55 to 64
128
Age 65 and over
142
Median Age
40.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher
37.7%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $24,196
Median 4-person family income $50,577
Median household income $46,250

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$27,500
Female
$25,833

Families below the poverty level 3.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
627 700
Employed
619 680
Unemployed
8 20
Unemployment Rate
1.3% 2.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
22 53
Average Weekly Wage
$332 $553
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
63 100
Average Weekly Wage
$431 $771
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
85 153
Average Weekly Wage
$406 $695
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
68 101
Average Weekly Wage
$423 $600
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
153 254
Average Weekly Wage
$413 $658
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 Rivendell Interstate; Orford, NH operates Rivendell Academy Grades 6-12 (Orford NH; Fairlee VT, West Fairlee VT, Vershire VT) District: SAU 78
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career and Technical Center, Bradford VT Region: 04

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
6-12
Total Enrollment
324
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont; Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Lebanon; Plymouth State University
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Paragon Construction Construction
Rivendell Interstate School Education
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 10, 25A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 15
         Distance 3 mile
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, Haverhill
Runway
2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 25 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
88 miles
Portland, ME
130 miles
Boston, MA
138 miles
New York City, NY
286 miles
Montreal, Quebec
188 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.2%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.4%
Other Means
0.8%
Worked at home
6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.6 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
63%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
   
Other: Rivendell Trail
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/21/07

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