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Grafton New Hampshire Town Info and Profile
Grafton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Grafton
Board of Selectmen
Town Office Building, PO Box 299
Grafton, NH 03240
Telephone (603) 523-7700
Fax (603) 523-4026
Web Site

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

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 Districts 9, 17

Incorporated: 1778
Origin: This town was named for Augustus Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, Earl of Arlington and Euston, Viscount Thetford, and Baron Sudbury. The Duke was a pro-American member of English government prior to the Revolution, and related to Governor Benning Wentworth. Grafton County and Thetford, Vermont, were also named in honor of the Duke. Grantees of the initial 1761 charter voted to surrender their grant in 1762. The land was regranted in 1769 to new colonists, including John Hancock and James Otis, well-known Boston patriots.
Villages and Place Names: East Grafton, Grafton Center, Robinson Corner, Cardigan Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 403 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Grafton totaled 985 over 52 years, from 348 in 1960 to 1,333 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was 100 percent between 1970 and 1980, nearly doubling the population over those ten years. The 2012 Census estimate for Grafton was 1,333 residents, which ranked 170th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 32.2 persons per square mile of land area. Grafton contains 41.7 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $940,366
Budget: School Appropriations, Not Available
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 1987
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Library; Budget; Treasurer; Tax Collector; Town Clerk; Police Chief; Checklist; Road Agent
Public Library Grafton Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 22 miles 25
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 23 miles 25
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 25 miles 388

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.38
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.44
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 819
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 662
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 19
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 138
Total Population Community County
2012 1,333 89,181
2010 1,340 89,118
2000 1,138 81,826
1990 924 74,998
1980 739 65,806
1970 370 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   720 Female:   663
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 68
Age 5 to 19 260
Age 20 to 34 216
Age 35 to 54 415
Age 55 to 64 230
Age 65 and over 194
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $23,351
Median family income $60,735
Median household income $46,300
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,179
Female $38,929
Individuals below the poverty level 13.8%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 656 799
Employed 631 767
Unemployed 25 32
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
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 19 13
Average Weekly Wage $220 $452
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Mascoma Valley Regional (Canaan, Dorchester, Enfield, Grafton, Orange) SAU 62
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State University; Lebanon

Town of Grafton Municipal services 12 1778
Ruggles Mine Seasonal amusement 10

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 4A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 17; I-93, Exit 23
Distance 19 miles; 21 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Newfound Valley, Bristol
Runway 1,900 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 26 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 67 miles
Portland, ME 109 miles
Boston, MA 117 miles
New York City, NY 291 miles
Montreal, Quebec 210 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 1.0%
Worked at home 3.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 43.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 8.3%
Commuting to another NH community 83.5%
Commuting out-of-state 8.2%
X Municipal Parks
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Ragged Mountain
Other: Ruggles Mine

Source: Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau commpunity profiles
Grafton County profile PDF