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Chester, NH

chester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chester Planning Department
Cynthia Robinson, Planning Coordinator
84 Chester St, Municipal Office Building
Chester, NH 03036
Telephone (603) 887-5629
Fax (603) 887-4404
E-mail chstrpl@gsinet.net
Web Site www.chesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm: Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, 8 am - 3:30 pm

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division, NH Portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County District 4

Incorporated: 1722
Origin: Chester was first known as the chestnut country, and may have been the first of the settlement grants by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1722 for expansion of New Hampshire's seacoast settlements. Many new settlers were from Hampton, Newbury, Kingston, and Portsmouth, which were considered overcrowded. Settlers were required to plant, build houses, lay out roads, and construct a church and schoolhouse, or they would forfeit the land. The name Chester apparently came from Cheshire County in England, whose county seat is Chester, and Earl of Chester is a title held by the Prince of Wales. The towns of Auburn, Candia, Derryfield (renamed Manchester), Hooksett, and Raymond were later formed from Chester's original 100 square mile grant.
Villages and Place Names: North Chester
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,902 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chester totaled 3,827 over 53 years, from 1,053 in 1960 to 4,880 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a 23 percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Chester was 4,880 residents, which ranked 71st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 187.5 persons per square mile of land area. Chester contains 26.0 square miles of land area and 0.09 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $4,850,424
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $12,762,612
Zoning Ordinance 1960/13
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Budget
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Agriculture
Public Library Chester Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 7 miles 82
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 11 miles 279

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Granite State; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.17
2013 Equalization Ratio 96.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.31
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,659
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,603
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 15
Five or More Units in Structure 11
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 30
Total Population Community County
2013 4,845 297,820
2010 4,768 295,223
2000 3,863 278,748
1990 2,744 246,744
1980 2,006 190,345
1970 1,382 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,247 Female:   2,512
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 273
Age 5 to 19 1,040
Age 20 to 34 555
Age 35 to 54 1,878
Age 55 to 64 625
Age 65 and over 388
Median Age 42 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $41,261
Median family income $112,500
Median household income $108,204
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $81,389
Female $44,673
Individuals below the poverty level 4.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,589 2,838
Employed 2,452 2,697
Unemployed 137 141
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 72 72
Average Weekly Wage $862 $942
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 208 170
Average Weekly Wage $583 $694
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 280 242
Average Weekly Wage $655 $768
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 156 154
Average Weekly Wage $432 $625
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 436 396
Average Weekly Wage $575 $713

Schools students attend: Chester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) SAU 82
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy CATE, Derry; Salem High School Vocational Center Region: 17
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 541
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 41
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Stone Machine Co., Inc. Machine shop 15 1980

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 102, 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 4
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 14 miles
Portland, ME 86 miles
Boston, MA 49 miles
New York City, NY 254 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 14.3%
Commuting to another NH community 62.9%
Commuting out-of-state 22.8%
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
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/26/2014

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