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Chesterfield, NH

chesterfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chesterfield
Rick Carrier, Town Administrator
PO Box 175
Chesterfield, NH 03443
Telephone (603) 363-4624
Fax (603) 363-8047
E-mail admin@nhchesterfield.com
Web Site www.nhchesterfield.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Hall, Assessors: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm, 5 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 4 pm - 7 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 1

Incorporated: 1752
Origin: Established in 1735 while New Hampshire was still under governance of Massachusetts, this town was the site of Fort Number 1 in the line of protective trading forts bordering the Connecticut River. After New Hampshire became an independent province under Governor Benning Wentworth, the town was incorporated in 1752 as Chesterfield, after Philip Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl served as Secretary of State and joined William Pitt in opposing what they considered England's unfair treatment of the American Colonies. Chesterfield was the birthplace of Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1946.
Villages and Place Names: Spofford, West Chesterfield
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,905 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chesterfield totaled 2,202 over 53 years, from 1,405 in 1960 to 3,607 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was 41 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Chesterfield was 3,607 residents, which ranked 102nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 79.1 persons per square mile of land area. Chesterfield contains 45.6 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $3,571,985
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $8,473,087
Zoning Ordinance 1956/14
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; School; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Chesterfield Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Brattleboro Memorial, Brattleboro VT 9 miles 61
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 140

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 Fairpoint
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) $20.50
2013 Equalization Ratio 98.3
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.05
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,782
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,582
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 93
Five or More Units in Structure 72
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 35
Total Population Community County
2013 3,605 76,851
2010 3,604 77,117
2000 3,554 73,993
1990 3,080 70,223
1980 2,561 62,116
1970 1,817 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,769 Female:   1,848
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 206
Age 5 to 19 530
Age 20 to 34 524
Age 35 to 54 916
Age 55 to 64 774
Age 65 and over 667
Median Age 49.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $37,145
Median family income $83,694
Median household income $80,778
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,794
Female $40,814
Individuals below the poverty level 2.6%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,025 1,951
Employed 1,961 1,859
Unemployed 64 92
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 235 130
Average Weekly Wage $827 $1,109
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 714 1,039
Average Weekly Wage $688 $911
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 949 1,169
Average Weekly Wage $722 $933
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 157 144
Average Weekly Wage $483 $582
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,106 1,313
Average Weekly Wage $688 $895

Schools students attend: Chesterfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 291
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

United Natural Foods Food warehouse 300+/- 1988
Prospect Park Press, Inc. Commercial printing 16 1972
Ames Performance Classic Pontiac Parts Distributor 23 2008
Fed Ex Ground Package delivery service 28 2008
Foard Panel Wall panel construction 28+/- 1988
Thomas Companies Construction, drilling, & blasting 65 1971
Westfield Construction Construction 15 1996
Chesterfield Tire Tire sales and service 13 1998
Tire Warehouse Tire sales & service 7-May 1990
Perkins Home Center Home lumber supply 45 1988

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 9, 9A, 63
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 76 miles
Portland, ME 168 miles
Boston, MA 96 miles
New York City, NY 212 miles
Montreal, Quebec 249 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 10.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 26.3%
Commuting to another NH community 46%
Commuting out-of-state 27.7%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Chesterfield Gorge; Pisgah State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/15/2014

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