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Francestown, NH


Francestown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Francestown Board of Selectmen
Michael Branley, Town Administrator
27 Main Street, PO Box 5
Francestown, NH 03043
Telephone (603) 547-3469
Fax (603) 547-2622
E-mail francestownnh@comcast.net
Web Site www.francestown-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 8 am - 12 noon, 6 pm - 8 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 8
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 4, 38

Incorporated: 1772
Origin: Incorporated in 1772, Francestown was named for Frances Deering Wentworth, wife of Governor John Wentworth. She was the source of some scandal, marrying John just ten days after the death of her first husband, Theodore Atkinson. Three years after Francestown was incorporated, the Wentworths fled to exile. Situated on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the only through route between Boston and Vermont, the town collected a toll of one cent per mile from travelling coaches and wagons. Francestown was also the site of a high-quality soapstone quarry, which was mined until the 1890s.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Francestown totaled 1,061 over 52 years, from 495 in 1960 to 1,556 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 47 percent increase over the next decade. The 2012 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,556 residents, which ranked 160th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 51.8 persons per square mile of land area. Francestown contains 30.1 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,630,942
Budget: School Appropriations, Not Available
Zoning Ordinance 1937/07
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetary; Library; Budget & Advisory
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Waste Disposal; Patriotic; Heritage
Public Library George Holmes Bixby Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 10 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Francestown Village Water Co.
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.61
2012 Equalization Ratio 113.1
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.47
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 714
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 661
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 37
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 6
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 1,556 402,922
2010 1,562 400,721
2000 1,490 382,384
1990 1,220 336,549
1980 830 276,608
1970 525 223,941
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   805 Female:   800
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 52
Age 5 to 19 276
Age 20 to 34 223
Age 35 to 54 485
Age 55 to 64 320
Age 65 and over 249
Median Age 47 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $39,480
Median family income $92,143
Median household income $83,971
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,188
Female $39,559
Individuals below the poverty level 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 841 835
Employed 807 792
Unemployed 34 43
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 5.1%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 18 25
Average Weekly Wage $700 $946
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 70 79
Average Weekly Wage $449 $616
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 88 103
Average Weekly Wage $501 $695
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 29 24
Average Weekly Wage $269 $505
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 117 128
Average Weekly Wage $443 $658
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center, Peterborough Region: 14
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 58
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; St. Anselm; Mount Washington College; UNH-Manchester

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Crotched Mountain Resort & Spa Golf course, restaurant, & time share resort 45 1991
Francestown Village Store Convenience store 12 1814
Town of Francestown Municipal services 25-35 1772
Francestown Elementary School Education
Francestown Sand & Gravel Excavation work & whol gravel construction sand & crush
Country Brokers Real Estate Real estate services
Miller's Plumbing & Heating Plumbing & heating services
Miller's Construction Construction services

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 47, 136
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 4
Distance 22 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, Antrim
Runway 3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
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 22 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 70 miles
New York City, NY 239 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.6%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 1.3%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 12.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 21.4%
Commuting to another NH community 72.7%
Commuting out-of-state 5.9%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
X Museums
Cinemas
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain, Bennington
   
Other: Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/07/13

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