Chichester New Hampshire Community Profile

Chichester new hampshire community profile
Chichester, NH
Community Contact Chichester Board of Selectmen
Stephen MacCleery, Chairman
54 Main Street
Chichester, NH 03258

Telephone (603) 798-5350
Fax (603) 798-3170
E-mail selectmen@chichesternh.org
Web Site www.chichesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 9 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 17
State Representative
Merrimack County District 7
Incorporated: 1727

Origin: Chichester is one of seven towns granted in 1727 when New Hampshire was still a part of Massachusetts. As were several other towns, it was named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holles, Duke of Newcastle, Earl of Chichester, and England’s Secretary of State (1724-1754). Holles was in charge of colonial policy, and was very involved in relations between the American Colonies and England. The charter for Chichester was a pattern for other town charters, requiring the planting and cultivation of land, and building dwelling houses, roads, a schoolhouse, and a church, all within three to five years.

Villages and Place Names: Horse Corner, Kelleys Corner, North Chichester

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 491 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Chichester totaled 1,524 over 50 years, from 735 in 1950 to 2,259 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 38 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 32 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2005 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,502 residents, which ranked 117th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 118.1 persons per square mile of land area. Chichester contains 21.2 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $2,064,219
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006-2007 $4,861,234
Zoning Ordinance 1962/06
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Chichester Town

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 295

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Concord Electric
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; TDS
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) $20.99
2005 Equalization Ratio 88.3
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.64

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
84.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
13.1%
Other Property including Utilities
2.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 968
   
2005 Single-Family Units 821
Building Permits Issued
12
2005 Multi-Family Units 61
Building Permits Issued
1
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 86
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 2,502 146,881
2000 2,259 136,716
1990 1,879 120,618
1980 1,492 98,302
1970 1,083 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,128
Female
1,108

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
136
Age 5 to 19
487
Age 20 to 34
367
Age 35 to 54
828
Age 55 to 64
195
Age 65 and over
223
Median Age
38 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
90.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
25.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $24,115
Median 4-person family income $60,333
Median household income $56,741

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$38,403
Female
$28,051

Families below the poverty level 2.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
1,338 1,453
Employed
1,311 1,414
Unemployed
27 39
Unemployment Rate
2.0% 2.7%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
45 41
Average Weekly Wage
$500 $575
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
291 459
Average Weekly Wage
$362 $672
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
335 499
Average Weekly Wage
$380 $664
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
45 81
Average Weekly Wage
$344 $577
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
381 580
Average Weekly Wage
$376 $652
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Chichester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke District: SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord High School; Pembroke Academy Region: 11

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
273
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 81
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce Law
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Weathervane Seafood Restaurant 100 1983
Avitar Associates of New England., Inc. Assessing 27 1985
Chichester Sawparts Sawmill construction 17 1992
Clarks Grain Store Feed dealer 17 1960
Harris Furniture Furniture retail 12 1985
Abundant Life Woodstove retail 10 1986
Domenic's Restaurant 8 2004
Chichester Country Store Groceries, fast food 7 1847
Chichester Mobil Auto repair, gas 7 1955
Hess Station Groceries, gas, fast food 6 1988
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
  State Routes 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
         Distance 4 miles; 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord Municipal
Runway
6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 26 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
26 miles
Portland, ME
89 miles
Boston, MA
76 miles
New York City, NY
280 miles
Montreal, Quebec
260 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.8%
Public transportation
0.7%
Walked
1.7%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.9 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
12%
Commuting to another NH community
84%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
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
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
   
Other:
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