About the Berlin Area
Thank you for your interest in joining our community and serving the residents of the Berlin area. Berlin is the only city in Coös County and is north of the White Mountains. The city is bordered to the south by Randolph and Gorham, north by Milan, east by Success and west by Kilkenny. There is a strong Franco-American influence in Berlin and approximately 40% of residents are bilingual, French being their first language.
Known as “The City That Trees Built,” Berlin has long been associated with the wood and paper industry. However, the steady decline of both industries has led to several changes in mill ownership, displacement of some workers and job loss for many others. Recent economic development has focused on the correctional industry, with the 750 bed Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility being built in 1999 and employing approximately 200 people. The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently opened a 1200 bed medium security facility that employs approximately 350 people.
Decline in industry and lack of employment has resulted in a downward trend in the area’s population from 16,615 in 1960 to 10,051 in 2010. 12.4% of the population live below the poverty line. The top employers in the area are Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Wal-Mart, Berlin City Car Dealerships, Berlin School System, the correctional facilities, Isaacson Steel and the City of Berlin.
Berlin’s public school system includes one high school, middle school and two elementary schools. There are two institutions of higher learning – White Mountains Community College and Granite State College. WMOU-1260AM is the local radio station and the Berlin Daily Sun and the Berlin Reporter are the two local newspapers.
For more information go to www.berlinnh.gov
Towns in the Berlin Area include, Errol, Dummer, Cambridge Milan, Berlin, Success, Randolph, Gorham, Shelburne, Low & Burbank’s Grant, Crawford’s Purchase, Thompson & Meserve’s Purchase, Cutt’s Grant, Bean’s Grant, Hadley’s Purchase and Chandler’s Purchase.
Fall provides an exceptional backdrop for hiking in the North Country.
Berlin is an old paper mill town on the Androscoggin River.
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area has 225 skiable acres ranging from beginner areas to expert terrain.
Gorham is a vibrant small town north-east of the white mountains.
The White Mountains offer many opportunities for outdoor adventures in any season.
Berlin: Berlin is home to Northern Forest Heritage Park, a circa 1900 Logging Camp. Here people will learn about the Northern Forest and the lives, labour and legends of the many people who came and made it their home. The Park is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the area and to share it with visitors. Throughout the year the park comes to life with concerts and scenic boat rides on the Androscoggin River. St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts center, offering a diverse 21 event performing art series and new art exhibitions showcasing local artists and artisans. Don’t forget to go to Jericho Mountain State Park during your visit, there are miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike and snowmobile. You can also enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing or picnicking at Jericho Lake. If you’re here in October come out with the rest of the town for River Fire!
Gorham: Come to Gorham and visit the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and the one-of-a-kind ShowCoach up Mount Washington in winter. Mountain biking and kayaking are available all summer. If you’ve never seen Mount Washington, take the Auto Road up the mountain to see New England’s highest peak. Don’t forget to visit Moose Brook State Park, with unparalleled scenery and a variety of outdoor activities.
Errol: Though remote, Errol has some of the most beautiful sights in the North Country. Here you can find Lake Umbagog. There’s swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and boating!
Milan: Milan Hill State Park is north of Berlin with popular areas for hiking, picnicking, fishing, canoeing and wildlife viewing. Don’t forget to stop at Nansen Ski Club which operates groomed trails for skiing and snowshoeing. Milan is also known for North Woods Rafting, whether you’re young, old, brave or timid you’ll have a wicked good time! Guided white water or flat water tours are available.
Berlin Area Clinical Sites
White Mountain Café & Bookstore
212 Main St. Gorham
Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar
1826 Riverside Dr. Berlin
Gold House Pizza
30 Mechanic St. Berlin
161 Main St. Berlin
Valley Creek Eatery
4 Hillside Ave. Berlin
160 Main St. Gorham
J’s Corner Restaurant and Lounge
277 Main St. Gorham
9 Cascade Flat Gorham
60 Main St. Gorham
Tea Birds Café
101 Main St. Berlin
115 Main St. Gorham
La Bottega Saladino
152 Main St. Gorham
- Grocery Stores
561 Main St. Gorham
19 Pleasant St. Berlin
WREN Local Works Farmers Market
52 Main St. Berlin
561 Main St. Gorham
200 Pleasant St. Berlin
- Free WiFi/Computer access
Berlin Public Library: 270 Main St. Berlin. Computer access, with an hour time limit.
McDonalds: 214 Main St. Gorham. Free WiFi access.
Town & Country Inn & Resort: 20 State RT. 2 Gorham/Shelburne. Free Wifi.
White Mountain Café: 212 Main St. Gorham. Free WiFi.
Gorham Public Library: 35 Railroad St. Gorham. Computer access.
Milan Public Library: 20 Bridge St. Milan. Computer access.
Cell Phone Coverage
Berlin: There is 3G coverage.
Gorham: There is 3G coverage.
Milan: Coverage in town.
Errol: No cell phone service.
Randolph: There is 3G coverage.
Shelburne: Coverage in town.