Francestown New Hampshire Community Profile

 Francestown new hampshire community profile
Francestown, NH
Community Contact Francestown Board of Selectmen
William McAuley
PO Box 5
Francestown, NH 03043

Telephone (603) 547-3469
Fax (603) 547-2818
E-mail not available
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon

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: 1772

Origin: Incorporated in 1772, Francestown was named for Frances Deering Wentworth, wife of Governor John Wentworth. She was the source of some scandal, marrying John just ten days after the death of her first husband, Theodore Atkinson. Three years after Francestown was incorporated, the Wentworths fled to exile. Situated on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the only through route between Boston and Vermont, the town collected a toll of one cent per mile from travelling coaches and wagons. Francestown was also the site of a high-quality soapstone quarry, which was mined until the 1890s.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Francestown totaled 1,085 over 50 years, from 405 in 1950 to 1,490 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 47 percent increase over the next decade. The 2005 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,581 residents, which ranked 156th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 53.0 persons per square mile of land area. Francestown contains 29.8 square miles of land area and .5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $1,635,955
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1937/02
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library George Holmes Bixby Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 10 miles 62

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Francestown Village Water

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
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
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $21.20
2005 Equalization Ratio 81.9
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.44

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings
6.2%
Other Property including Utilities
1.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 716
   
2005 Single-Family Units 649
Building Permits Issued
5
2005 Multi-Family Units 63
Building Permits Issued
0
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 4
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 1,581 401,291
2000 1,490 382,384
1990 1,220 336,549
1980 830 276,608
1970 525 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
754
Female
726

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
86
Age 5 to 19
344
Age 20 to 34
194
Age 35 to 54
534
Age 55 to 64
146
Age 65 and over
176
Median Age
40.2 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
95.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
44.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $28,942
Median 4-person family income $71,471
Median household income $64,259

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$50,521
Female
$32,778

Families below the poverty level 1.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
678 844
Employed
661 816
Unemployed
17 28
Unemployment Rate
2.5% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
27 31
Average Weekly Wage
$601 $714
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
30 80
Average Weekly Wage
$493 $622
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
57 111
Average Weekly Wage
$544 $648
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
29 27
Average Weekly Wage
$209 $359
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
86 138
Average Weekly Wage
$431 $591
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 1
Grade Levels
K R 1-4 1-8
Total Enrollment
85
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 12
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; St. Anselm; Hesser; UNH-Manchester
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Crotched Mountain Resort & Spa Golf course, restaurant, and time share resort 45 1991
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 47, 136
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 4
         Distance 22 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 26 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
22 miles
Portland, ME
121 miles
Boston, MA
70 miles
New York City, NY
238 miles
Montreal, Quebec
266 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
4.3%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
0.9%
Other Means
0.6%
Worked at home
10.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 39.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
71%
Commuting out-of-state
10%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X 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
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain, Bennington
   
Other: Hiking
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