Gilsum, NH

Community Contact Town of Gilsum
Robin L. Cantara, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
650 Route 10, PO Box 67
Gilsum, NH 03448
Telephone (603) 357-0320
Fax (603) 352-0845
E-mail not available
Web Site www.keenenh.com/gilsum
Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk: Tuesday, 6 pm - 8 pm, and Wednesday, 8 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon
County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Cheshire County District 1
Incorporated: 1763
Origin: First granted by the New Hampshire proprietors in 1752, the town was given the name Boyle, after Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington and a distinguished architect. No claims were settled within the prescribed time because of danger from Indian attacks. A new charter was issued in 1763 to Benjamin Sumner, who surveyed the area and established a settlement along with several relatives from Connecticut. One of those settlers was Captain Samuel Gilbert, who became the first moderator. The name Gilsum was adopted in their honor. Gilsum's Lower Village is the site of the much-photographed Stone Arch over the Ashuelot River.
Villages and Place Names: Lower Village, Roundys Corner
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 298 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Gilsum totaled 201 over 50 years, from 578 in 1950 to 779 in 2000. The largest decennial percent increase was a 17 percent increase between 1990 and 2000, accounting for over half of the total 50-year numeric increase. The 2008 Census estimate for Gilsum was 809 residents, which ranked 198th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 48.6 persons per square mile of land area. Gilsum contains 16.7 square miles of land area and 0.02 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $515,624
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1956/06
Master Plan 2001
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Budget; Trust Funds; Cemetary; Library; Checklist
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Recreation; Conservation

Public Library Gilsum Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Cheshire County Sheriff & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 8 miles 146

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
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
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) $26.28
2008 Equalization Ratio 84.1
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $22.16

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
4.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
4.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 367
2008 Single-Family Units 317
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
1
2008 Multi-Family Units 20
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 30
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 809 77,170
2000 779 73,993
1990 667 70,223
1980 652 62,116
1970 570 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
385
Female
392

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
35
Age 5 to 19
153
Age 20 to 34
118
Age 35 to 54
302
Age 55 to 64
85
Age 65 and over
84
Median Age
41 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
82.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
18.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $20,956
Median 4-person family income $50,469
Median household income $43,359

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,150
Female
$24,205

Families below the poverty level 1.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
418 430
Employed
401 416
Unemployed
17 14
Unemployment Rate
4.1% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
69 64
Average Weekly Wage
$537 $662
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
44 46
Average Weekly Wage
$410 $489
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
112 110
Average Weekly Wage
$487 $589
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
22 25
Average Weekly Wage
$552 $740
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
135 134
Average Weekly Wage
$498 $617
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 Monadnock Regional Cooperative (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy) District:SAU 38
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
Grade Levels
K 3-6
Total Enrollment
54
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Antioch New England; New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
W.S. Badger Co., Inc. Hand lotion, balm 15+ 1996
RJ Sports Fabricated textile products 10+ 1985

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3 or 5
Distance 25 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
64 miles
Portland, ME
153 miles
Boston, MA
102 miles
New York City, NY
229 miles
Montreal, Quebec
235 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.5%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.6%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
1.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
14%
Commuting to another NH community
79%
Commuting out-of-state
8%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Stratton
Other:Gilsum Rock Swap; Old Home Day; Natural Bear Dens

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 10/05/09

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