Plainfield New Hampshire Community Profile

Plainfield new hampshire community profile
Plainfield, NH
Community Contact Plainfield Board of Selectmen
Steve Halleran, Town Administrator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770

Telephone (603) 469-3201
Fax (603) 469-3642
E-mail plainfield.ta@plainfieldnh.org
Web Site www.plainfieldnh.org

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

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 5
State Representative
Sullivan County District 1
Incorporated: 1761

Origin: Settled by a group from Plainfield, Connecticut, Plainfield is one of the towns chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 at the beginning of the reign of King George III. A part of Plainfield with a portion of Grantham was separated into Meriden Parish in 1780. Meriden became the site of Kimball Union Academy, established in 1813. Daniel Kimball donated a large collection of books to the town for a library in 1797, along with $6,000 for a school, to which his widow added $40,000. The entire Meriden Parish was annexed to Plainfield in 1856.

Villages and Place Names: East Plainfield, Hell Hollow, Meriden, Mill Village, Coryville, Plainfield Village

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,024 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Plainfield totaled 1,243 over 50 years, from 1,011 in 1950 to 2,254 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 32 percent between 1970 and 1980, following a 24 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2006 Census estimate for Plainfield was 2,466 residents, which ranked 119th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 47.2 persons per square mile of land area. Plainfield contains 52.2 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,644,785
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $4,962,567
Zoning Ordinance 1959/06
Master Plan 1997
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Meriden; Philip Read Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 13 miles 396
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 10 miles 32

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Granite State; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Plainfield/Meriden Village District

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

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) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $24.50
2006 Equalization Ratio 77.3
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.55

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
93.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
3.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 976
   
2006 Single-Family Units 823
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
6
2006 Multi-Family Units 75
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 78
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 2,466 42,979
2000 2,254 40,560
1990 2,059 38,652
1980 1,749 36,063
1970 1,323 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,136
Female
1,105

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
137
Age 5 to 19
471
Age 20 to 34
309
Age 35 to 54
870
Age 55 to 64
226
Age 65 and over
228
Median Age
40 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
38.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $26,062
Median 4-person family income $61,205
Median household income $57,083

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$36,968
Female
$29,491

Families below the poverty level 1.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
1,340 1,633
Employed
1,333 1,604
Unemployed
7 29
Unemployment Rate
0.5% 1.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
80 77
Average Weekly Wage
$356 $426
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
244 289
Average Weekly Wage
$366 $646
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
324 366
Average Weekly Wage
$364 $600
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
101 30
Average Weekly Wage
$313 $370
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
425 396
Average Weekly Wage
$352 $582
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Plainfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Lebanon District: SAU 32
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 07

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
293 326
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 27
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Lebanon; Colby-Sawyer
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Edgewater Farms Farmstand, greenhouses, and PYO strawberries
Garfield's Smoke House Smoked ham and cheese
Kimball Union Academy Private school
McNamara Dairy Glass bottle milk
North Country Door Cabinet, door manufacturing
Riverview Farm PYO apples & berries
Taylor Farm Maple products
Town Line Equipment Heavy equipment dealer
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 12A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 15
         Distance 7 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway
5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 10 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
68 miles
Portland, ME
153 miles
Boston, MA
118 miles
New York City, NY
262 miles
Montreal, Quebec
192 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.8%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
3.0%
Other Means
1.2%
Worked at home
6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
68%
Commuting out-of-state
12%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X 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
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
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): Mt Sunapee, Mt Ascutney (VT)
   
Other: Meriden Covered Bridge; Annual 4th of July Parade; Maxfield Parrish Stage Set
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 08/17/07

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