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Orange New Hampshire Town Info and Profile
Orange New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Orange
Sophie Seace, Town Clerk
Municipal Building, PO Box 37
Canaan, NH 03741
Telephone (603) 523-4467
Fax (603) 523-7054
E-mail Not Available
Web Site Not Available

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: second and fourth Tuesday, 7 pm - 9 pm; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 7 pm, third Friday, 9 am - 11 am, first Saturday, 9 am - 11 am

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 6, 16

Incorporated: 1790
Origin: This township was chartered by Governor John Wentworth in 1769 as Cardigan, a name that had been used for some time. In 1779, residents petitioned for incorporation so taxes could be collected, and requested a name change to Bradford or Warwick. The petition failed, and in 1783 a second petition was made, with a request to name the town Middleton. That petition failed also, and a third petition was made in 1789, with a request to name the town Liscomb. The name Liscomb was subsequently crossed out and replaced with Orange in the 1790 incorporation document. Orange was probably chosen because of the large quantities of yellow-orange ochre found in Mount Cardigan.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 131 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Orange totaled 246 over 52 years, from 83 in 1960 to 329 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 91 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, a numeric change of 94. The 2012 Census estimate for Orange was 329 residents, which ranked 224th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 14.3 persons per square mile of land area. Orange contains 23.2 square miles of land area and 0.06 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $219,831
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $331,162
Zoning Ordinance 1985/00
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library No Library

Police Department No
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Canaan - Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 20 miles 388
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 17 miles 25

Electric Supplier Granite State; NH Electric Coop; PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupYes
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramYes
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $19.77
2012 Equalization Ratio 97.5
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.29
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 189
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 171
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 17
Total Population Community County
2012 329 89,181
2010 331 89,118
2000 299 81,826
1990 237 74,998
1980 197 65,806
1970 103 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   191 Female:   168
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 3
Age 5 to 19 77
Age 20 to 34 23
Age 35 to 54 131
Age 55 to 64 64
Age 65 and over 61
Median Age 44 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $35,079
Median family income $92,813
Median household income $71,719
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,125
Female $53,750
Individuals below the poverty level 5.3%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 189 210
Employed 184 204
Unemployed 5 6
Unemployment Rate 2.6% 2.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 0 0
Average Weekly Wage $0 $0
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 4 5
Average Weekly Wage $89 $69
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4 n
Average Weekly Wage $89 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: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University

FC Hammond & Sons Lumber 14

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 17
Distance 14 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway 5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 21 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 83 miles
Portland, ME 175 miles
Boston, MA 133 miles
New York City, NY 285 miles
Montreal, Quebec 204 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.8%
Public transportation 1.0%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 4.1%
Worked at home 1.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 15.9%
Commuting to another NH community 74.9%
Commuting out-of-state 9.2%
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
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway, Ragged Mountain
Other: Mount Cardigan State Park

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