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Chester, NH

chester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chester Planning Department
Andrew Hadik, 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
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 3,749 over 54 years, from 1,053 in 1960 to 4,802 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Chester was 4,802 residents, which ranked 73rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 184.5 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $5,563,315
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016 $12,384,438
Zoning Ordinance 1960/16
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Budget; Cemetary
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Agriculture
Public Library Chester Public

Emergency Services
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 266

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 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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.64
2015 Equalization Ratio 89.3
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.17
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,635
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,564
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 22
Five or More Units in Structure 11
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 38
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 4,802 297,702
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,377 Female:   2,425
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 274
Age 5 to 19 1,072
Age 20 to 34 646
Age 35 to 54 1,651
Age 55 to 64 691
Age 65 and over 468
Median Age 42.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,338
Median family income $114,359
Median household income $107,833
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $88,988
Female $50,938
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 2,609 2,808
Employed 2,506 2,686
Unemployed 103 122
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 77 72
Average Weekly Wage $1,036 $1,010
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 201 125
Average Weekly Wage $580 $999
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 278 197
Average Weekly Wage $706 $1,003
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 159 150
Average Weekly Wage $472 $642
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 437 347
Average Weekly Wage $621 $847

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Center for CTE Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 533
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 81
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Mount Washington College; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Stone Machine Co., Inc. Machine shop 15 1980
Busche Academy Education 20 2016
Chster General Store Convenience store 12 2014
MLM Construction Residential construction 10
G & P Pizzeria Restaurant 20 1990
Bittersweet Blessings Antique store 6
Your Variety Convenience store 10

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger 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 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 268 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.0%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 1.8%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 13.3%
Commuting to another NH community 61.7%
Commuting out-of-state 25.0%
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
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/21/16

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