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Chichester, NH

chichester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Chichester Board of Selectmen
Richard DeBold, Chairman
54 Main Street
Chichester, NH 03258
Telephone (603) 798-5350
Fax (603) 798-3170
E-mail selectmen@chichesternh.org
Web Site www.chichesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 2 pm, 4 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 am - 2 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County District 20

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Chichester is one of seven towns granted in 1727 when New Hampshire was still a part of Massachusetts. As were several other towns, it was named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holles, Duke of Newcastle, Earl of Chichester, and England´┐Żs Secretary of State (1724-1754). Holles was in charge of colonial policy, and was very involved in relations between the American Colonies and England. The charter for Chichester was a pattern for other town charters, requiring the planting and cultivation of land, and building dwelling houses, roads, a schoolhouse, and a church, all within three to five years.
Villages and Place Names: Horse Corner, Kelleys Corner, North Chichester
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 491 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chichester totaled 1,731 over 54 years, from 821 in 1960 to 2,552 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 38 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 26 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2014 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,552 residents, which ranked 117th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 120.4 persons per square mile of land area. Chichester contains 21.2 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $2,839,736
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $6,097,109
Zoning Ordinance 1962/15
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Chichester Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 237

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Concord Electric
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint; TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.37
2015 Equalization Ratio 94.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.68
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings81.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,075
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 897
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 132
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 36
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 2,552 146,880
2010 2,523 146,445
2000 2,259 136,716
1990 1,879 120,618
1980 1,492 98,302
1970 1,083 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,332 Female:   1,220
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 78
Age 5 to 19 431
Age 20 to 34 367
Age 35 to 54 780
Age 55 to 64 550
Age 65 and over 346
Median Age 48.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.7%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,615
Median family income $86,579
Median household income $75,988
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $50,026
Female $46,250
Individuals below the poverty level 6.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 1,424 1,507
Employed 1,386 1,453
Unemployed 38 54
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 50 80
Average Weekly Wage $551 $826
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 432 461
Average Weekly Wage $717 $769
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 482 541
Average Weekly Wage $699 $77
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 80 83
Average Weekly Wage $552 $691
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 562 624
Average Weekly Wage $678 $766

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Chichester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 220
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 70
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Weathervane Seafood Restaurant 100 1983
Clarks Grain Store Feed dealer 17 1960
Harris Furniture Retail furniture store 12 1985
Avitar Associates of New England, Inc. Assessing 27 1985
Hess Station Convenience store, gas 6 1988
Domenic's Restaurant 8 2004
Chuckster's Mini golf 2007
Tractor Supply Co Retail farm supplies 2010

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
Distance 4 miles; 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 26 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 77 miles
New York City, NY 274 miles
Montreal, Quebec 256 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.4%
Other Means 2.1%
Worked at home 7.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.9%
Commuting to another NH community 81.2%
Commuting out-of-state 1.9%
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
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Chuckster's

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/16/16

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