Bradford New Hampshire Community Profile

Bradford new hampshire community profile
Bradford, NH
Community Contact Town of Bradford
Board of Selectmen
Main Street, PO Box 436
Bradford, NH 03221-0436

Telephone (603) 938-5900
Fax (603) 938-5694
E-mail bradfordnh@srnet.com
Web Site www.bradfordnh.com

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 5 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 12 noon - 7 pm, Tuesday, 7 am - 11:30 am & 12:30 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon & 1 pm - 5 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area New London NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 7
State Representative
Merrimack County District 5
Incorporated: 1787

Origin: First granted in 1771, the town was named New Bradford, then Bradfordton, most likely because many settlers were from Bradford, Massachusetts. It was incorporated as Bradford in 1787, the year of the Constitutional Convention. Meeting in Exeter, Anti-Federalist members of the New Hampshire delegation were opposed the Constitution. However, political maneuvering postponed the state convention. When reconvened in Concord several months later, under the leadership of moderator Colonel Thomas Stickney, the delegation approved ratification on June 21, 1788. New Hampshire was the ninth and deciding state to ratify, thus making the United States Constitution binding.

Villages and Place Names: Box Corner, Bradford Center

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 217 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Bradford totaled 852 over 50 years, from 606 in 1950 to 1,458 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 64 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over half of the 50-year numeric increase. The 2005 Census estimate for Bradford was 1,504 residents, which ranked 159th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 42.7 persons per square mile of land area. Bradford contains 35.2 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $2,022,780
Budget: School Appropriations, 2004 $1,736,004
Zoning Ordinance 1989/05
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library
Appointed:
Conservation

Public Library Brown Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 35
Concord Hospital, Concord 26 miles 295

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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
Voluntary

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) $14.23
2005 Equalization Ratio 102.7
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.62

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
92.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
5.6%
Other Property including Utilities
2.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 848
   
2005 Single-Family Units 745
Building Permits Issued
17
2005 Multi-Family Units 67
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 36
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 1,504 146,881
2000 1,458 136,716
1990 1,410 120,618
1980 1,115 98,302
1970 679 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
726
Female
728

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
75
Age 5 to 19
329
Age 20 to 34
222
Age 35 to 54
508
Age 55 to 64
136
Age 65 and over
184
Median Age
40.3 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
32.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $22,240
Median 4-person family income $57,083
Median household income $49,018

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,803
Female
$25,938

Families below the poverty level 2.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
794 897
Employed
767 867
Unemployed
27 30
Unemployment Rate
3.4% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
126 98
Average Weekly Wage
$424 $749
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
154 148
Average Weekly Wage
$279 $432
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
280 245
Average Weekly Wage
$344 $558
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
28 83
Average Weekly Wage
$361 $554
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
308 328
Average Weekly Wage
$346 $557
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades 1-12 are part of Kearsarge Regional (Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, Wilmot) District: SAU 65
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 1-5
Total Enrollment
197
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 96
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord; Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen; New England
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Kearsarge Regional Elementary School Education 50 1986
Bruss Construction Design/building contractors 30 1983
Colonial Woodworking Staircase units 25 1975
Merrimack Farm Store Farm & home garden supplies 9 1920
Barns of Bradford Retail home furnishings 3 1970
Bradford Machine, Inc. Machine job shop 3 1974
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 103, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 9
         Distance 7 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway
3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
40 miles
Portland, ME
125 miles
Boston, MA
90 miles
New York City, NY
264 miles
Montreal, Quebec
223 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.9%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.6%
Other Means
1.6%
Worked at home
6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.9 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
76%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
   
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
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
X 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): Pat's Peak, Sunapee
   
Other: Lake Massasecum
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