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Bennington, NH

bennington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bennington
Denise French, Town Administrator
7 School Street, Unit 101
Bennington, NH 03442
Telephone (603) 588-2189
Fax (603) 588-8005
E-mail office@townofbennington.com
Web Site www.townofbennington.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Thursday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 3, 38

Incorporated: 1842
Origin: Formed from portions of Hancock, Greenfield, Deering, and Francestown, in 1842 this community was named in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington (Vermont), one of the most decisive battles of the Revolution, fought August 14-16, 1777. Bennington was originally a part of Hancock called Factory Village, as there was substantial industry powered by the Great Falls on the Contoocook River. According to the Town of Bennington history, the first papermaking machinery was installed in 1835 near the current Monadnock Paper Mills location.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 541 residents in 1850
Population Trends: Population change for Bennington totaled 766 over 54 years, from 591 in 1960 to 1,357 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 38 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Bennington was 1,357 residents, which ranked 167th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 119.6 persons per square mile of land area. Bennington contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $1,812,622
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $43,007,104
Zoning Ordinance 1987/16
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer; Checklist; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Hazard Mitigation Planning; Capital Reserve; Solid Waste
Public Library G E P Dodge

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bennington Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.58
2015 Equalization Ratio 95.5
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.36
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 674
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 485
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 57
Five or More Units in Structure 78
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 54
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,357 402,776
2010 1,476 400,721
2000 1,404 382,384
1990 1,230 336,549
1980 890 276,608
1970 639 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   688 Female:   669
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 117
Age 5 to 19 282
Age 20 to 34 231
Age 35 to 54 281
Age 55 to 64 281
Age 65 and over 165
Median Age 39.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,105
Median family income $75,833
Median household income $66,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $53,500
Female $39,531
Individuals below the poverty level 4.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 805 791
Employed 778 757
Unemployed 27 34
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 4.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 239 n
Average Weekly Wage $1,126 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 163 n
Average Weekly Wage $206 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 402 337
Average Weekly Wage $754 $1,024
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 25 21
Average Weekly Wage $409 $535
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 427 358
Average Weekly Wage $734 $995

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 66
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Printing specialty papers 235 1819
Pierce Elementary School Education
Harris's 202 Convenience Store Convenience store, gas station
Alberto's Restaurant Restaurant 26 1945
Town of Bennington Municipal services 50 1842
Crotched Mt. Ski & Ride Area Ski - seasonal 250+/- 2003
Common Place Eatery Restaurant 4
DH Hardwick & Sons, Inc. Logging, gravel, and aggregate sales 24 1978
Francestown Sand & Gravel, Inc. Excavating contractor, gravel sales 10 1972

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 31, 47
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
Distance 23 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, AntrimRunway3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 30 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 80 miles
New York City, NY 245 miles
Montreal, Quebec 248 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.4%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 6.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 17.6%
Commuting to another NH community 80.1%
Commuting out-of-state 2.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 07/05/16

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