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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 879 over 53 years, from 591 in 1960 to 1,470 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Bennington was 1,470 residents, which ranked 164th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 129.5 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,739,890
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $45,322,549
Zoning Ordinance 1987/14
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

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 PSNH
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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.40
2013 Equalization Ratio 112.4
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.58
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 703
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 471
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 45
Five or More Units in Structure 134
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 53
Total Population Community County
2013 1,469 402,922
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   642 Female:   713
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 117
Age 5 to 19 272
Age 20 to 34 219
Age 35 to 54 424
Age 55 to 64 204
Age 65 and over 119
Median Age 39.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,153
Median family income $72,500
Median household income $63,393
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,250
Female $41,103
Individuals below the poverty level 5.6%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 794 826
Employed 771 779
Unemployed 23 47
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 5.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 237 n
Average Weekly Wage $1,118 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 97 n
Average Weekly Wage $244 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 335 342
Average Weekly Wage $864 $1,011
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 24 20
Average Weekly Wage $452 $542
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 359 362
Average Weekly Wage $836 $985

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, Peterborough Region: 14
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 57
2014 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

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Printing specialty papers 235 1819
Pierce Elementary School Education
Bennington Country Store Convenience store
Harris's 202 Convenience Store Convenience store
Alberto's Restaurant Restaurant 26 1945
Town of Bennington Municipal services 60
Crotched Mt. Ski & Ride Area Ski - seasonal 250+/- 2003
Common Place Eatery Restaurant 4
DH Hardwick & Sons, Inc. Logging, gravel and site work 20+/-
Francestown Sand & Gravel, Inc. Excavating contractor, gravel sales 10+/-

(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, Antrim
Runway 3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 138 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 257 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.5%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 7.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 16%
Commuting to another NH community 80.8%
Commuting out-of-state 3.2%
X Municipal Parks
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
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/8/2014

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