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Community Contact Stark Board of Selectmen
Douglas Shannon, Chair
1189 Stark Highway
  Stark, NH 03582
Telephone (603) 636-2118
Fax (603) 636-6199
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8-4, Wednesday, Friday, 8-12; Town Clerk: Tuesday, Thursday, 8-3:45; Tax Collector: Thursday, 9-4
County Coos County
Labor Market Area Berlin, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Great North Woods Region
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coos Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 1
State Representative Coos County District 2
Incorporated: 1795
Origin: This town was chartered in 1774 as Percy, the family name of the Duke of Northumberland. At the time of the charter, a member of that family, Thomas Percy, was the king's chaplain. The town was incorporated as Piercy in 1795. In 1832 the name was changed to Stark in honor of General John Stark, hero of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Bennington. New Hampshire owes its motto, ""Live Free or Die,"" to General Stark, who was the first to carry the new thirteen-star American flag into battle. He wrote those words in July 1809, in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington. Stark is the location of the Stark Bridge, one of New Hampshire's scenic covered bridges, built in 1862.
Villages and Place Names: Crystal, Percy
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 48 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Stark totaled 121 over 50 years, from 343 in 1970 to 464 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 37 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population decreased by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, the largest percent loss among the cities and towns. The 2022 Census estimate for Stark was 474 residents, which ranked 217th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 8 persons per square mile of land area. Stark contains 59.2 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $641,345
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $771,199
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan No
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning
    Appointed: None
Public Library Stark Public

Emergency Services
Police Department No
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Groveton Ambulance
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 19 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $16.36
2022 Equalization Ratio 54.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $8.74
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 74.2%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 2.9%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 22.8%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 427
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 359
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 6
    Five or More Units in Structure 9
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 53

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 474   31,476
   2020 464   31,268
   2010 547   33,055
   2000 513   33,111
   1990 519   34,828
   1980 470   35,147

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   223 Female   285
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 42
      Age 5 to 19 82
      Age 20 to 34 37
      Age 35 to 54 71
      Age 55 to 64 134
      Age 65 and over 142
            Median Age 58.6 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 365
      High school graduation or higher 94.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 10.7%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $27,048
Median Family Income $78,750
Median Household Income $55,500
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $60,000
      Female $36,250
Individuals below poverty level 14.6%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 255   190
    Employed 225   184
    Unemploymed 30   6
    Unemployment rate 11.8%   3.2%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-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  
    Average Employment  n  n
    Average Weekly Wage  n  n
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  11  10
    Average Weekly Wage  $120  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  n  n
    Average Weekly Wage  n  n
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Stark operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Northumberland District: SAU 58
Career Technology Center: Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-6      
Total Enrollment 29      
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     0   Capacity:     0

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Stark Municipal services 23
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 110
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 41
Distance: 35 miles
Railroad St. Lawrence & Atlantic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Berlin Municipal Runway  5,200 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   104 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 131 miles
    Portland, Maine 120 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 181 miles
    New York City, New York 364 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 154 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 78.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 11.9%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.6%
  Traveled by other means: 0.6%
  Worked at home: 9.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 37.6 minutes
Work in community of residence: 74.0%
Commute to other NH community: 8.5%
Commute out-of-state: 17.5%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 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 Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Wildcat
Other: Covered Bridge; Nash Stream Forest; John Stark Statue; Heritage Center