Milford New Hampshire Community Profile

 Milford new hampshire community profile
Milford, NH
Community Contact Town of Milford
Board of Selectmen
1 Union Square
Milford, NH 03055

Telephone (603) 673-2257
Fax (603) 673-2273
E-mail dgriska@milford.nh.gov
Web Site www.milford.nh.gov/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 3 pm; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 5
State Senate
District 11
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 6
Incorporated: 1794

Origin: This town was incorporated in 1794 from portions of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, a strip of land that fell between the Dunstable grant and the Raby (Brookline) grant. A section of Milford was known as the Duxbury School Farm, a thousand acres of land intended to support Duxbury, Massachusetts schools. The town was probably named for its location near a shallow water crossing on the Souhegan River by an early mill site known as the Mill Ford. Milford bears the nickname of the Granite Town in the Granite State, because of its extensive high-quality granite quarries. At one time, Milford was a prime stop on the Underground Railroad.

Villages and Place Names: East Milford, South Milford, Richardson

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 939 residents in 1800

Population Trends: Population change for Milford totaled 9,447 over 50 years, from 4,159 in 1950 to 13,606 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 36 percent between 1960 and 1970, and also between 1980 and 1990; population increased 31 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2005 Census estimate for Milford was 14,862 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 584.9 persons per square mile of land area. Milford contains 25.4 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $17,700,000
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $27,393,000
Zoning Ordinance 1969/03
Master Plan 1999
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Cemetery; Trust Funds
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Heritage; Budget

Public Library Wadleigh Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 4/9
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 12 miles 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 12 miles 208

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Milford Dept. of Public Works

Sanitation Municipal
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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
unknown
Residential
unknown

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $32.16
2005 Equalization Ratio 55.0
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.74

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
70.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
27.8%
Other Property including Utilities
1.8%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 6,014
   
2005 Single-Family Units 3,037
Building Permits Issued
68
2005 Multi-Family Units 2,572
Building Permits Issued
61
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 405
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 14,862 401,291
2000 13,606 382,384
1990 11,828 336,549
1980 8,685 276,608
1970 6,622 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
6,642
Female
6,893

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
984
Age 5 to 19
3,068
Age 20 to 34
2,686
Age 35 to 54
4,445
Age 55 to 64
1,055
Age 65 and over
1,297
Median Age
35.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
90.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
26.7%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $24,425
Median 4-person family income $61,682
Median household income $52,343

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$42,244
Female
$28,220

Families below the poverty level 3.1%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
6,741 8,919
Employed
6,507 8,633
Unemployed
234 286
Unemployment Rate
3.5% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
2,181 2,703
Average Weekly Wage
$644 $883
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
3,360 3,469
Average Weekly Wage
$380 $519
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
5,540 6,172
Average Weekly Wage
$484 $679
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
517 751
Average Weekly Wage
$566 $671
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
6,058 6,922
Average Weekly Wage
$491 $678
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Milford operates grades 1-12 District: SAU 40
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
2 1 1 2
Grade Levels
P K R 1-4 5-8 9-12 R-12
Total Enrollment
831 815 868
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 16 Total Capacity: 445
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Hitchiner Manufacturing Ferrous, non-ferrous castings 750 1946
Milford School District Education 200 1794
Alene Candles Candles 185 1995
Hendrix Wire & Cable High voltage power cables 180 1957
Norton Company Industrial ceramics 160 1978
Harborside Healthcare Elder care 145
Hampshire Paper Corporation Paper 90 1978
Spear Pressure sensitive labels 90
Airmar Technology Corporation Ultrasonic transducers 80 1981
NPC, Inc. Diamond tools and coring 80 1972
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 13, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8;
I-293, Exit 3
         Distance 9 miles; 14 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, Nashua
Runway
5,501 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 18 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
16 miles
Portland, ME
112 miles
Boston, MA
55 miles
New York City, NY
224 miles
Montreal, Quebec
276 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.1%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
2.3%
Other Means
0.5%
Worked at home
3.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.2 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
34%
Commuting to another NH community
55%
Commuting out-of-state
11%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
   
Other: Hiking, canoeing
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