Chatham, NH

Community Contact Chatham Board of Selectmen
Wayne McAllister, Chairman
1681 Main Road
Chatham, NH 03813
Telephone (603) 694-3827
Fax (603) 694-2043
E-mail not available
Web Site not available
Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 5 pm - 7 pm
County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway NH-ME LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Carroll County District 1
Incorporated: 1767
Origin: Chatham was first granted by the New Hampshire proprietors in 1767, and named in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham and Prime Minister of England. Pitt was one of few who supported the Rockingham government in saying that England had no right to tax the colonists. None of the 73 grantees dared settle in the wilderness, because it was inhabited by Pequawket Indians. In 1770 the land was granted to new settlers, including Abiel Chandler, founder of the Chandler Scientific School at Dartmouth College, and Samuel Langdon, one time president of Harvard College, who made the famous Blanchard Map of the North Country.
Villages and Place Names: North Chatham, South Chatham
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 58 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Chatham totaled 84 over 50 years, from 177 in 1950 to 261 in 2000. Decennial percent change was 41 percent from 1970 to 1980, and 42 percent from 1980 to 1990; population decreased over all other decades. The 2008 Census estimate for Chatham was 259 residents, which ranked 230th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns, the fifth smallest community.
Population Density, 2008: 4.6 persons per square mile of land area, tied for fifth lowest among the cities and towns. Chatham contains 56.7 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $117,650
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008-2009 $766,648
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1997
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation

Public Library No Library

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department No
Emergency Medical Service Fryeburg ME - Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway 15 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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
none

Telephone Company Fairpoint; Northland
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.87
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.35

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
98.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 288
2008 Single-Family Units 248
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2008 Multi-Family Units 10
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 29
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 259 47,408
2000 261 43,918
1990 269 35,526
1980 189 27,929
1970 134 18,548

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
134
Female
126

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
11
Age 5 to 19
55
Age 20 to 34
41
Age 35 to 54
102
Age 55 to 64
23
Age 65 and over
28
Median Age
40.8 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
13.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $15,317
Median 4-person family income $40,156
Median household income $37,188

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$22,188
Female
$20,313

Families below the poverty level 13.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
192 129
Employed
188 123
Unemployed
4 6
Unemployment Rate
2.1% 4.7%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
n n
Average Weekly Wage
n 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
12 12
Average Weekly Wage
$20 $29
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 tuitioned to the State of Maine (Fryeburg) District:SAU 9
Career Technology Center(s): Kennett High School, Conway Region:06
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Granite State College-Conway

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Log House Design Sewing of outdoor wear apparel 11

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 113B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-95 (ME), Exit 48
Distance 64 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg ME
Runway
4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Jetport Distance 64 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
109 miles
Portland, ME
67 miles
Boston, MA
154 miles
New York City, NY
365 miles
Montreal, Quebec
227 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
70.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
14.5%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.6%
Other Means
3.4%
Worked at home
8.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
67%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Cranmore, Attitash, Shawnee Peek
Other:White Mountain National Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 08/11/09

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