Cornish New Hampshire Town Information

Cornish New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Cornish
Board of Selectmen
488 Town House Road
Cornish, NH 03745
Telephone (603) 675-5611
Fax (603) 675-5605
Web Site

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Assessing: Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Friday, 2 pm - 5 pm; Administrative Assistant: Monday, 12:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 am - 5 pm, closed Wednesday; 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 Districts 1, 9

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 524 over 51 years, from 1,106 in 1960 to 1,630 in 2011. 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 2011 Census estimate for Cornish was 1,630 residents, which ranked 156th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 38.9 persons per square mile of land area. Cornish contains 42.1 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2011 $1,071,566
Budget: School Appropriations, Not Available
Zoning Ordinance 1955/11
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning
Public Library George H. Stowell Free

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

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

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)PROPERTY TAXES
2011 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.34
2011 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2011 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.25
2011 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.2%

(ACS 2007-2011)HOUSING
Total Housing Units 775
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 678
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 37
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 60
Total Population Community County
2011 1,630 43,462
2010 1,640 43,742
2000 1,667 40,560
1990 1,639 38,652
1980 1,390 36,063
1970 1,268 30,949
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2007-2011
Population by Gender
Male:   828 Female:   867
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 80
Age 5 to 19 360
Age 20 to 34 174
Age 35 to 54 516
Age 55 to 64 345
Age 65 and over 220
Median Age 43.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.1%

Per capita income $31,596
Median family income $78,906
Median household income $69,659
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $50,800
Female $38,750
Families below the poverty level 1.8%

Annual Average 2001 2011
Civilian Labor Force 1,040 1,070
Employed 1,015 1,026
Unemployed 25 44
Unemployment Rate 2.4% 4.1%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2001 2011
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 29 21
Average Weekly Wage $430 $520
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 54 43
Average Weekly Wage $596 $494
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 82 63
Average Weekly Wage $538 $502
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 81 75
Average Weekly Wage $465 $657
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 163 138
Average Weekly Wage $502 $586
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Cornish operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont or the State of Vermont (Windsor and Hartford) 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
2012 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 42
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

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

(Distance estimated from city/town hall)TRANSPORTATION
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 90 miles
Portland, ME 182 miles
Boston, MA 141 miles
New York City, NY 252 miles
Montreal, Quebec 200 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.8%
Public transportation 1.6%
Walked 0.2%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 7.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2007-2011)
Working in community of residence 47.4%
Commuting to another NH community 37.1%
Commuting out-of-state 15.5%
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
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
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, 2013.
Community Response Received 06/22/12

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