Litchfield New Hampshire Community Profile

 Litchfield new hampshire community profile
Litchfield, NH
Community Contact Town of Litchfield
Theresa Briand, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Two Liberty Way, Suite 3
Litchfield, NH 03052

Telephone (603) 424-4045
Fax (603) 424-8154
E-mail txcollector4u@yahoo.com
Web Site www.litchfield.mv.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen and Building Dept.: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 10 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Friday, 8 am - 3 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Gateway Industrial Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 4
State Senate
District 18
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 27
Incorporated: 1734

Origin: This town is situated on the east bank of the Merrimack River and maintains its agricultural heritage to this day. It was known as Naticook until 1729 when the land was granted to William Brenton, Governor of Rhode Island and son-in-law to that state's Governor Cranston, and renamed Brenton's Farm. In 1734 the town was separated from Dunstable, which had been granted by the Massachusetts government, and named Litchfield in honor of George Henry Lee, Earl of Litchfield. The town was incorporated under the New Hampshire government as Litchfield in 1749. Litchfield was the opposite landing-site of Thornton's Ferry, originating across the Merrimack River in the town of Merrimack.

Villages and Place Names:

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 357 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Litchfield had the second largest percent change in population, growing over 17 times larger. Population change for Litchfield totaled 6,996 over 50 years, from 427 in 1950 to 7,423 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 192 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2005 Census estimate for Litchfield was 8,277 residents, which ranked 36th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 544.8 persons per square mile of land area. Litchfield contains 14.9 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2003 $3,012,809
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1957/05
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Aaron Cutler Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 9 miles 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 10 miles 208
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 296

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Pennichuck East

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

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $27.56
2005 Equalization Ratio 55.5
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.32

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
6.0%
Other Property including Utilities
2.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,798
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,261
Building Permits Issued
41
2005 Multi-Family Units 416
Building Permits Issued
84
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 121
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 8,277 401,291
2000 7,423 382,384
1990 5,441 336,549
1980 4,150 276,608
1970 1,420 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,700
Female
3,660

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
682
Age 5 to 19
1,925
Age 20 to 34
1,366
Age 35 to 54
2,717
Age 55 to 64
409
Age 65 and over
261
Median Age
33.2 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
33.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,203
Median 4-person family income $76,931
Median household income $73,302

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$46,809
Female
$33,488

Families below the poverty level 2.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
3,595 4,938
Employed
3,454 4,771
Unemployed
141 167
Unemployment Rate
3.9% 3.4%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
128 197
Average Weekly Wage
$498 $1,058
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
158 306
Average Weekly Wage
$328 $730
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
286 502
Average Weekly Wage
$404 $858
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
179 311
Average Weekly Wage
$355 $628
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
465 814
Average Weekly Wage
$385 $770
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Litchfield operates grades 1-10; grades 11-12 are tuitioned to Hudson District: SAU 27
Career Technology Center(s): Wilbur Palmer Voc. Tech. Center, Hudson; Milford HS; Nashua HS North Region: 16

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1 1
Grade Levels
P 1-4 5-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
575 597 485
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 125
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More; Hesser; St. Anselm
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
NE Small Tube Manufacturing 70
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 3A, 102
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 2; I-93, Exit 4
         Distance 7 miles; 9 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway
9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 6 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
11 miles
Portland, ME
104 miles
Boston, MA
50 miles
New York City, NY
245 miles
Montreal, Quebec
270 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
87.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.8%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
0.0%
Other Means
0.2%
Worked at home
1.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.9 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
6%
Commuting to another NH community
72%
Commuting out-of-state
22%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X 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
X 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
Fishing/Hunting
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): McIntyre
   
Other:
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