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Benton, NH

benton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Benton
John W. Hassell, Chairman
221 Coventry Road
Benton, NH 03785
Telephone (603) 787-6541
Fax Not Available
E-mail bentonselectmen@gmail.com
Web Site Not Available

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Haverhill, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 3, 15

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: This community was first granted in 1764 as Coventry after the Connecticut home of many settlers, holding the name for over 75 years. In 1839, Governor Isaac Hill proposed renaming the town Benton in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, senator from Missouri. The town was incorporated as such in 1840. Senator Benton was known for championing Western expansion through establishment of express, railroad, navigation and telegraph interests. A prominent natural feature in Benton is Mount Moosilauke, a popular site for hikers.
Villages and Place Names: Boutin Corner, Coventry
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 88 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Benton totaled 335 over 53 years, from 172 in 1960 to 507 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was 72 percent between 1970 and 1980, a numeric increase of 139. The 2013 Census estimate for Benton was 507 residents, which ranked 217th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 10.4 persons per square mile of land area. Benton contains 48.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2012 $160,800
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $501,528
Zoning Ordinance 1976/86
Master Plan Update in progress
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library No Library

Police Department State Police
Fire Department Contracted out
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 12 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramNone
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Satellite only
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) $20.24
2013 Equalization Ratio 107.4
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.30
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 230
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 196
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 34
Total Population Community County
2013 507 89,268
2010 364 89,118
2000 314 81,826
1990 330 74,998
1980 333 65,806
1970 194 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    266 Female:    241
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 41
Age 5 to 19 82
Age 20 to 34 82
Age 35 to 54 119
Age 55 to 64 74
Age 65 and over 109
Median Age 44.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 9.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $20,038
Median family income $47,083
Median household income $41,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $39,306
Female $32,375
Individuals below the poverty level 12.0%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 111 119
Employed 107 113
Unemployed 4 6
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 5.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 192 177
Average Weekly Wage $581 $770
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are tuitioned to Haverhill Cooperative (Bath, Benton, Haverhill, Piermont, Warren) SAU 23
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career and Technical Center, Bradford VT Region: 4
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton, Woodsville; Plymouth State University

Coventry Garage Garage 1 1989
Glenncliff Home for the Elderly Nursing home 200 1971
Elliott Construction Construction 1
Joe Boutin, Jr & Son Logging & excavation 2

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 112, 116
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 17
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, Haverhill
Runway 2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 47 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 95 miles
Portland, ME 113 miles
Boston, MA 145 miles
New York City, NY 309 miles
Montreal, Quebec 182 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 48.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 0.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 51.4%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 0.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 10.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 51.4%
Commuting to another NH community 48.6%
Commuting out-of-state 0.0%
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
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon & Cannon Mountains
Other: Hiking; White Mountain National Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 08/22/13

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