Westmoreland New Hampshire Community Profile

Westmoreland New Hampshire Community Profile
Westmoreland, NH
Community Contact Westmoreland Board of Selectmen
Tina Cutter, Secretary
PO Box 55
Westmoreland, NH 03467

Telephone (603) 399-4471
Fax (603) 399-4386
E-mail westmoreland@cheshire.net
Web Site www.westmorelandtown.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday and Friday, 9 am - 3 pm, 2nd and 4th Monday of each month 9 am - 3 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 7:30 am - 2 pm, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Wednesday, 7:30 am - 11 am, 7 pm - 8:30 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Cheshire County District 1
Incorporated: 1752

Origin: This territory was chartered by the Massachusetts government in 1735 as Number 2, being second in the line of Connecticut River fort towns designed to protect the colonies from Indian attack. For a while, the settlement was known as Great Meadows. When New Hampshire became an independent province, Governor Benning Wentworth granted the town to Thomas Chamberlain and others as Westmoreland. The name was in honor of a relative of the Governor, John Fane, seventh Earl of Westmoreland. The meetinghouse in Westmoreland, built in 1762, has a steeple bell cast by the Paul Revere Foundry.

Villages and Place Names: East Westmoreland, Gilboa, Poocham, Westmoreland Depot

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 2,018 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Westmoreland totaled 964 over 50 years, from 789 in 1950 to 1,753 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 45 percent between 1970 and 1980, accounting for nearly half the total numeric increase. The 2006 Census estimate for Westmoreland was 1,894 residents, which ranked 143rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 52.7 persons per square mile of land area. Westmoreland contains 35.9 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $993,764
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1957/02
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Westmoreland Public

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
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 11 miles 169
Brattleboro Memorial, Brattleboro VT 14 miles 61

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
unknown
Residential
unknown

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.89
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.97

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
87.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings
9.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 674
   
2006 Single-Family Units 639
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2006 Multi-Family Units 27
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 8
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,894 77,393
2000 1,753 73,993
1990 1,605 70,223
1980 1,452 62,116
1970 998 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
863
Female
884

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
67
Age 5 to 19
328
Age 20 to 34
227
Age 35 to 54
614
Age 55 to 64
174
Age 65 and over
337
Median Age
43.3 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
90.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher
33.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $24,488
Median 4-person family income $62,857
Median household income $55,875

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$40,515
Female
$28,456

Families below the poverty level 0.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
837 1,004
Employed
819 976
Unemployed
18 28
Unemployment Rate
2.2% 2.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
68 123
Average Weekly Wage
$433 $867
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
118 146
Average Weekly Wage
$419 $646
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
186 269
Average Weekly Wage
$424 $747
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
360 426
Average Weekly Wage
$369 $547
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
546 695
Average Weekly Wage
$388 $624
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Westmoreland operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene District: SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region: 13

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 1-12
Total Enrollment
154 11
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 40
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Servpro Cleaning service 8
Tectonics Plastics Co., Inc. Plastic assemblies 6 1977
Cox Woodworking Millwork 5 1981
Westmoreland Wood Products Woodturning 4 1970

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 12, 63
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3 or 5
         Distance 10 miles; 11 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
65 miles
Portland, ME
161 miles
Boston, MA
95 miles
New York City, NY
214 miles
Montreal, Quebec
235 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
9.5%
Public transportation
0.5%
Walked
3.9%
Other Means
1.0%
Worked at home
5.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.1 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
24%
Commuting to another NH community
59%
Commuting out-of-state
17%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
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
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
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 Snow & Okemo, VT
   
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/20/07

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