Charlestown, NH

Community Contact Charlestown Selectboard
Jon LeClair, Chair
PO Box 385
Charlestown, NH 03603
Telephone (603) 826-4400
Fax (603) 826-3709
E-mail dedkins@charlestown-nh.gov
Web Site www.charlestown-nh.gov
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Charlestown NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Sullivan County District 5
Incorporated: 1753
Origin: Charlestown was originally the site of Number Four, the fourth in a line of forts on the Connecticut River border established as trading posts by Massachusetts Governor Belcher in 1735. In 1753, Governor Benning Wentworth named the town in honor of his friend, Admiral Sir Charles Knowles of the British Navy, who was then governor of Jamaica. A reproduction of Old Fort Number Four is now a historical site and museum. A historical marker commemorating the fort was erected in 1958—the second marker in the NH Historical Marker Program.
Villages and Place Names: Hemlock Center, North Charlestown, Snumshire, South Charlestown, South Hemlock, Springfield Junction, Trapshire
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,093 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Charlestown totaled 2,684 over 50 years, from 2,077 in 1950 to 4,761 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 35 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; after that, decennial percent change was five percent or less. The 2008 Census estimate for Charlestown was 4,840 residents, which ranked 73rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 135.1 persons per square mile of land area. Charlestown contains 35.8 square miles of land area and 2.2 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $3,966,390
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1951/09
Master Plan 2007
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectboard; Planning; Finance; Library; Cemetery; Highway Advisory; Recreation
Appointed:
Zoning; Conservation; Heritage

Public Library Silsby Free Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer & on call
Emergency Medical Service Municipal, volunteer, & on call

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 13 miles 25
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 19 miles 33

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; National Grid; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Charlestown Municipal Water Department

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory: glass, cardboard only & voluntary

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $24.30
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $23.95

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
84.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings
13.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
2.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 2,212
2008 Single-Family Units 1,159
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
5
2008 Multi-Family Units 342
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 711
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 4,840 42,591
2000 4,761 40,560
1990 4,637 38,652
1980 4,417 36,063
1970 3,274 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,313
Female
2,436

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
272
Age 5 to 19
1,012
Age 20 to 34
740
Age 35 to 54
1,518
Age 55 to 64
529
Age 65 and over
678
Median Age
39.7 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
10.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $18,654
Median 4-person family income $45,172
Median household income $38,024

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$31,010
Female
$22,986

Families below the poverty level 3.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
2,711 2,575
Employed
2,621 2,461
Unemployed
90 114
Unemployment Rate
3.3% 4.4%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
775 938
Average Weekly Wage
$487 $808
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
531 606
Average Weekly Wage
$437 $646
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
1,306 1,545
Average Weekly Wage
$467 $744
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
427 494
Average Weekly Wage
$436 $632
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
1,733 2,038
Average Weekly Wage
$459 $717
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 Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) District:SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region:13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
2 1
Grade Levels
K 1-5 6-8
Total Enrollment
307 181
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:8 Total Capacity:155
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Whelen Engineering Emergency lights 395 1952
Bomar, Inc. Marine hardware 80 1974
Design Standards, Inc Medical instruments 93 1979
Connecticut River Bank Banking services 45 1864
G K N Aerospace Aircraft engine parts 55 1979
Airgas, Inc Welding equip., industrial & medical gases 60 1982
Town of Charlestown Municipal services 130 1753
Student Conservation Association Non-Profit youth conservation agency 84 1964
Fall Mountain Regional School District Education 125 1964

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 12, 12A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 2 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway
3,100 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
76 miles
Portland, ME
166 miles
Boston, MA
126 miles
New York City, NY
237 miles
Montreal, Quebec
214 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
14.7%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.2%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
3.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
32%
Commuting to another NH community
48%
Commuting out-of-state
20%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X 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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Mount Sunapee, Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other:Fort at No. 4 Museum; Morningside Flight Park

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

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