Chesterfield New Hampshire Community Profile

Chesterfield new hampshire community profile
Chesterfield, NH
Community Contact Town of Chesterfield
Rick Carrier, Town Administrator
PO Box 175
Chesterfield, NH 03443

Telephone (603) 363-4624
Fax (603) 363-8047
E-mail admin@nhchesterfield.com
Web Site www.nhchesterfield.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk: Monday and Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm and 5 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm; Tax Collector: Monday and Thursday, 4 pm - 7 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 10
State Representative
Cheshire County District 4
Incorporated: 1752

Origin: Established in 1735 while New Hampshire was still under governance of Massachusetts, this town was the site of Fort Number 1 in the line of protective trading forts bordering the Connecticut River. After New Hampshire became an independent province under Governor Benning Wentworth, the town was incorporated in 1752 as Chesterfield, after Philip Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl served as Secretary of State and joined William Pitt in opposing what they considered England's unfair treatment of the American Colonies. Chesterfield was the birthplace of Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1946.

Villages and Place Names: Spofford, West Chesterfield

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,905 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Chesterfield totaled 2,584 over 50 years, from 970 in 1950 to 3,554 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 45 percent between 1950 and 1960; the next largest was 41 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2006 Census estimate for Chesterfield was 3,925 residents, which tied with Wilton in ranking 95th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 86.1 persons per square mile of land area. Chesterfield contains 45.6 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $3,155,982
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1956/06
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Chesterfield Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 8/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Brattleboro Memorial, Brattleboro VT 9 miles 61
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 169

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
Mandatory

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $21.27
2006 Equalization Ratio 69.1
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.62

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
90.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
8.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 1,803
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,599
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
12
2006 Multi-Family Units 165
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 39
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 3,925 77,393
2000 3,554 73,993
1990 3,080 70,223
1980 2,561 62,116
1970 1,817 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,804
Female
1,738

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
177
Age 5 to 19
817
Age 20 to 34
468
Age 35 to 54
1,271
Age 55 to 64
422
Age 65 and over
387
Median Age
40.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
32.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,051
Median 4-person family income $58,516
Median household income $51,351

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$44,087
Female
$26,547

Families below the poverty level 4.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
2,166 2,232
Employed
2,102 2,166
Unemployed
64 66
Unemployment Rate
3.0% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
69 326
Average Weekly Wage
$582 $924
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
587 838
Average Weekly Wage
$602 $771
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
655 1,164
Average Weekly Wage
$600 $814
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
121 183
Average Weekly Wage
$412 $454
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
776 1,347
Average Weekly Wage
$571 $765
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Chesterfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene District: SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region: 13

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
394
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 60
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
United Natural Foods Food warehouse 300+/- 1988
Prospect Park Press, Inc. Commercial printing 16 1972
New England Equipment Equipment sales 10
Walston Woodcraft Whirligigs 8
Wilkinson Tool & Cutter Grinding Cutting form tools 3 1972
Active Grinding Company Grinding service 3
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 9, 9A, 63
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
         Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
66 miles
Portland, ME
162 miles
Boston, MA
103 miles
New York City, NY
210 miles
Montreal, Quebec
241 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.8%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
0.4%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
6.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
15%
Commuting to another NH community
54%
Commuting out-of-state
31%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mt Ascutney (VT)
   
Other: Chesterfield Gorge; Pisgah State Park
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/17/07

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