Peterborough New Hampshire Community Profile

 Peterborough new hampshire community profile
Peterborough, NH
Community Contact Peterborough Office of Community Development
Carol Ogilvie
1 Grove Street, Town House
Peterborough, NH 03458

Telephone (603) 924-8000 x104
Fax (603) 924-8001
E-mail ocd@townofpeterborough.us
Web Site http://townofpeterborough.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

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 5
State Senate
District 11
State Representative
Hillsborough County District 3
Incorporated: 1760

Origin: This territory was chartered in 1737 by the Massachusetts legislature, and the first settlers arrived in 1739. The township was probably named from Charles Mordaunt, third Earl of Peterborough. Peterborough was incorporated in 1760 by Governor Benning Wentworth, with continuance for two years only. The incorporation was renewed in 1762, to continue until disallowed by the King. Peterborough had the first free public library supported by taxation, and the first mill in the state that wove cloth mechanically. It is home to the MacDowell Colony, a retreat for writers, artists, and composers. Guests have included Edward Arlington Robinson, Leonard Bernstein, and Thornton Wilder, whose play 'Our Town' was inspired by Peterborough.

Villages and Place Names: Drury, Happy Valley, MacDowell Colony, Noone, North Village, West Peterborough

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 861 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Peterborough totaled 3,340 over 50 years, from 2,556 in 1950 to 5,896 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 29 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 28 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2005 Census estimate for Peterborough was 6,073 residents, which ranked 56th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 159.8 persons per square mile of land area. Peterborough contains 38.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2004 $12,040,665
Budget: School Appropriations, 2004 $7,128,170
Zoning Ordinance 1970/05
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Peterborough Town

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

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

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Peterborough Water Works

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
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 No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $22.07
2005 Equalization Ratio 88.4
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.21

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
75.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
23.0%
Other Property including Utilities
1.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 2,701
   
2005 Single-Family Units 1,670
Building Permits Issued
34
2005 Multi-Family Units 1,010
Building Permits Issued
10
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 21
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 6,073 401,291
2000 5,896 382,384
1990 5,257 336,549
1980 4,895 276,608
1970 3,807 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,685
Female
3,198

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
318
Age 5 to 19
1,285
Age 20 to 34
706
Age 35 to 54
1,842
Age 55 to 64
512
Age 65 and over
1,220
Median Age
42 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
93.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
41.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $26,154
Median 4-person family income $54,375
Median household income $47,381

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$42,178
Female
$27,422

Families below the poverty level 6.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
2,925 2,856
Employed
2,839 2,753
Unemployed
86 103
Unemployment Rate
2.9% 3.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,030 728
Average Weekly Wage
$662 $825
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
3,364 3,523
Average Weekly Wage
$507 $698
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
4,393 4,251
Average Weekly Wage
$543 $719
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
119 633
Average Weekly Wage
$414 $744
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
4,512 4,884
Average Weekly Wage
$540 $723
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
2 1 1 2
Grade Levels
P K R 1-4 5-8 9-12 1-12
Total Enrollment
354 507 1,169
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 292
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce; Keene State; Antioch New England
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
NH Ball Bearings Precision bearings 455 1946
Monadnock Community Hospital Health care 400 1919
Peterborough Public School System Education 266
Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor equipment and clothing 224 1977
Millard Group Inc. Mailing list brokerage 215 1987
Staff Development for Educators Educational seminars 175
Rivermead Retirement community 160 1995
Harborside Health Care Nursing home 90
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 202
  State Routes 101, 123, 136
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8;
I-89, Exit 5
         Distance 27 miles; 33 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway
2,982 ft. turf/asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 38 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
36 miles
Portland, ME
132 miles
Boston, MA
73 miles
New York City, NY
232 miles
Montreal, Quebec
257 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
6.4%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
3.9%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
55%
Commuting to another NH community
41%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
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
Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
   
Other: Miller State Park; MacDowell Colony; Shieling State Forest, Mt. Monadnock
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/27/06

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