Cornish, NH

Community Contact Town of Cornish
Board of Selectmen
488 Town House Road
Cornish, NH 03745
Telephone (603) 675-5611
Fax (603) 675-5605
E-mail townbos@comcast.net
Web Site www.cornishnh.net
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Assessing: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm; Tax Collector: Thursday, 4:30 pm - 7 pm
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
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 5
State Representative
Sullivan County District 1
Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Established in 1763, the town was once known as Mast Camp, because it was the shipping point for the tall masts floated down the river by the English for use by the Royal Navy. Cornish was named for Sir Samuel Cornish, a distinguished admiral of the Royal Navy. Cornish is known as a summer resort for artists and writers, with residents including Maxfield Parrish and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Saint-Gaudens' home and studio were named a national historic site in 1964. Cornish also is the site of four covered bridges all on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world.
Villages and Place Names: Ballock, Cornish Center, Cornish City, Cornish Flat, Cornish Mills, South Cornish, Squag City
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Cornish totaled 678 over 50 years, from 989 in 1950 to 1,667 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an 18 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was a two percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2008 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,758 residents, which ranked 149th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 41.9 persons per square mile of land area. Cornish contains 42.0 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $988,827
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1955/07
Master Plan 2006
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library George H. Stowell Free

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Windsor VT 3 miles 33
Valley Regional, Claremont 10 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; Granite State; Central VT
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier 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 Fairpoint; Meriden
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.71
2008 Equalization Ratio 93.7
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.52

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
1.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.8%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 751
2008 Single-Family Units 654
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
6
2008 Multi-Family Units 48
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 49
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,758 42,591
2000 1,667 40,560
1990 1,639 38,652
1980 1,390 36,063
1970 1,268 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
831
Female
830

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
86
Age 5 to 19
374
Age 20 to 34
193
Age 35 to 54
620
Age 55 to 64
186
Age 65 and over
202
Median Age
41.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
29.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $23,165
Median 4-person family income $60,313
Median household income $53,393

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$36,115
Female
$29,474

Families below the poverty level 2.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,045 1,163
Employed
1,027 1,131
Unemployed
18 32
Unemployment Rate
1.7% 2.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
53 19
Average Weekly Wage
$463 $479
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
35 49
Average Weekly Wage
$485 $439
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
88 67
Average Weekly Wage
$472 $450
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
76 80
Average Weekly Wage
$341 $565
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
163 147
Average Weekly Wage
$411 $513
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Cornish operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont or the State of Vermont (Windsor and Hartford) District:SAU 6
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley Technical Center, Newport or Claremont Region:10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
128
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:2 Total Capacity:60
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Cornish Elementary School Education 30 1768
Dingee Machine Company Fire apparatus 7 1979
Cornish Highway Department Highway department 4 1768
10% Solution Convenience store 4 1965
Cornish General Store Convenience store 6 2000

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 9
Distance 6 miles
Railroad Amtrak
Public Transportation No
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 15 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
71 miles
Portland, ME
160 miles
Boston, MA
125 miles
New York City, NY
251 miles
Montreal, Quebec
198 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.3%
Other Means
0.8%
Worked at home
5.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
18%
Commuting to another NH community
64%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
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
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
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):Mount Sunapee, Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other:Cornish Fair; St Gaudens National Historic Site

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/15/09

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