Bennington New Hampshire Community Profile

 Bennington new hampshire community profile
Bennington, NH
Community Contact Town of Bennington
Denise French, Town Administrator
7 School Street, Unit 101
Bennington, NH 03442

Telephone (603) 588-2189
Fax (603) 588-8005
E-mail townofbenn@tds.net
Web Site www.townofbennington.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday and Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Thursday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Business Ventures

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 7
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 2
Incorporated: 1842

Origin: Formed from portions of Hancock, Greenfield, Deering, and Francestown, in 1842 this community was named in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington (Vermont), one of the most decisive battles of the Revolution, fought August 14-16, 1777. Bennington was originally a part of Hancock called Factory Village, as there was substantial industry powered by the Great Falls on the Contoocook River. According to the Town of Bennington history, the first papermaking machinery was installed in 1835 near the current Monadnock Paper Mills location.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 541 residents in 1850

Population Trends: Population change for Bennington totaled 811 over 50 years, from 593 in 1950 to 1,404 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 38 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2005 Census estimate for Bennington was 1,468 residents, ranking 160th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 129.3 persons per square mile of land area. Bennington contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,362,857
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1986/04
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer
Appointed:
Conservation

Public Library G E P Dodge

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 9 miles 62

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bennington Water Dept.

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.87
2005 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.71

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
86.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings
11.1%
Other Property including Utilities
3.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 693
   
2005 Single-Family Units 475
Building Permits Issued
10
2005 Multi-Family Units 174
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 44
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 1,468 401,291
2000 1,404 382,384
1990 1,230 336,549
1980 890 276,608
1970 639 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
692
Female
709

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
84
Age 5 to 19
356
Age 20 to 34
258
Age 35 to 54
486
Age 55 to 64
104
Age 65 and over
113
Median Age
35.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
24.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $19,675
Median 4-person family income $52,153
Median household income $46,150

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,063
Female
$26,734

Families below the poverty level 8.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
752 817
Employed
731 792
Unemployed
21 25
Unemployment Rate
2.8% 3.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
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
317 372
Average Weekly Wage
$786 $792
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
23 24
Average Weekly Wage
$317 $432
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
340 396
Average Weekly Wage
$754 $770
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) District: SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K R 1-4
Total Enrollment
99
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 12
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Crotched Mt. Ski and Ride Area Ski - seasonal 250+/- 2003
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Printing specialty papers 235 1819
Alberto's Restaurant Food service
Bennington Country Store Convenience store
Common Place Eatery Food service
Harris's 202 Convenience Store Convenience store
Pierce Elementary School Education
Town of Bennington Municipal services
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 202
  State Routes 31, 47
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
         Distance 23 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, Antrim
Runway
3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
29 miles
Portland, ME
128 miles
Boston, MA
76 miles
New York City, NY
247 miles
Montreal, Quebec
259 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.0%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
2.8%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
1.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
13%
Commuting to another NH community
85%
Commuting out-of-state
2%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain
   
Other:
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