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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 Micro-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 EnglandÆs 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 1,738 over 53 years, from 821 in 1960 to 2,559 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,559 residents, which ranked 117th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 120.8 persons per square mile of land area. Chichester contains 21.1 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $2,350,214
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $5,750,341
Zoning Ordinance 1962/14
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

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 PSNH; 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 Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.32
2013 Equalization Ratio 97.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.52
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 973
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 873
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 75
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 25
Total Population Community County
2013 2,552 146,761
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,363 Female:   1,169
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 95
Age 5 to 19 482
Age 20 to 34 304
Age 35 to 54 1,011
Age 55 to 64 404
Age 65 and over 236
Median Age 43.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,210
Median family income $86,689
Median household income $79,844
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,540
Female $45,547
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,438 1,502
Employed 1,399 1,436
Unemployed 39 66
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 4.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 54 78
Average Weekly Wage $552 $623
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 855 446
Average Weekly Wage $713 $721
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 908 524
Average Weekly Wage $704 $706
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 83 81
Average Weekly Wage $516 $709
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 991 605
Average Weekly Wage $688 $707

Schools students attend: Chichester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technology Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 244
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 64
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law

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

(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 Municipal
Runway 6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 26 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 26 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 76 miles
New York City, NY 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 256 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.6%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 17.8%
Commuting to another NH community 80%
Commuting out-of-state 2.2%
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
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, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/22/2014

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