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Bradford, NH

bradford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bradford
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 436
Bradford, NH 03221-0436
Telephone (603) 938-5900
Fax (603) 938-5694
E-mail bradfordnh@iamnow.net
Web Site www.bradfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 12 noon - 7 pm, Tuesday, 7 am - 11:30 am, 12:30 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 11:30 am, 12:30 pm - 5 pm, second and fourth Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area New London NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Merrimack County District 6

Incorporated: 1787
Origin: First granted in 1771, the town was named New Bradford, then Bradfordton, most likely because many settlers were from Bradford, Massachusetts. It was incorporated as Bradford in 1787, the year of the Constitutional Convention. Meeting in Exeter, Anti-Federalist members of the New Hampshire delegation were opposed the Constitution. However, political maneuvering postponed the state convention. When reconvened in Concord several months later, under the leadership of moderator Colonel Thomas Stickney, the delegation approved ratification on June 21, 1788. New Hampshire was the ninth and deciding state to ratify, thus making the United States Constitution binding.
Villages and Place Names: Box Corner, Bradford Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 217 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bradford totaled 1,146 over 53 years, from 508 in 1960 to 1,654 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 64 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the 53-year numeric increase. The 2013 Census estimate for Bradford was 1,654 residents, which ranked 153rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 46.9 persons per square mile of land area. Bradford contains 35.2 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $2,393,033
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,041,047
Zoning Ordinance 1989/10
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library
Public Library Brown Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 25
Concord Hospital, Concord 26 miles 237

Electric Supplier PSNH
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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
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) $22.42
2013 Equalization Ratio 102.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.17
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 817
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 742
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 51
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 24
Total Population Community County
2013 1,652 146,761
2010 1,650 146,445
2000 1,458 136,716
1990 1,410 120,618
1980 1,115 98,302
1970 679 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   725 Female:   741
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 51
Age 5 to 19 218
Age 20 to 34 198
Age 35 to 54 434
Age 55 to 64 386
Age 65 and over 179
Median Age 49.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,565
Median family income $74,167
Median household income $63,162
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,969
Female $45,714
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 875 936
Employed 844 891
Unemployed 31 45
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.8%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 82 77
Average Weekly Wage $701 $839
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 155 222
Average Weekly Wage $392 $400
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 236 299
Average Weekly Wage $498 $513
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 91 78
Average Weekly Wage $463 $661
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 327 376
Average Weekly Wage $488 $544

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Kearsarge Regional (Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, Wilmot) SAU 65
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC, Claremont or Newport Region: 10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-5 5-12
Total Enrollment 191 11
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 119
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen; New England

Colonial Woodworking Staircase units 25 1975
Bradford Machine, Inc. Machine job shop 3 1974
Barns of Bradford Retail home furnishings 3 1970
Kearsarge Regional Elementary School Education 50 1986

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 103, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 9
Distance 7 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway 3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 42 miles
Portland, ME 134 miles
Boston, MA 92 miles
New York City, NY 265 miles
Montreal, Quebec 223 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 4.8%
Worked at home 8.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 19.2%
Commuting to another NH community 73.4%
Commuting out-of-state 7.4%
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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Mount Sunapee
Other: Lake Massasecum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/23/2014

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