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Francestown, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, Wednesday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, extended hours Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District 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 1,056 over 54 years, from 495 in 1960 to 1,551 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,551 residents, which ranked 161st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 52.0 persons per square mile of land area. Francestown contains 30.0 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $4,587,273
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,030,826
Zoning Ordinance 1937/16
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Budget Advisory; 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

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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; Comcast
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) $25.19
2015 Equalization Ratio 101.0
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.56
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 775
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 718
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 36
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,551 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   746 Female:   805
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 60
Age 5 to 19 225
Age 20 to 34 200
Age 35 to 54 539
Age 55 to 64 307
Age 65 and over 220
Median Age 47.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.2%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,407
Median family income $101,154
Median household income $87,292
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,174
Female $44,000
Individuals below the poverty level 4.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 833 984
Employed 801 952
Unemployed 32 32
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 25 n
Average Weekly Wage $636 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 73 n
Average Weekly Wage $643 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 98 n
Average Weekly Wage $642 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 32 24
Average Weekly Wage $313 $544
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 130 n
Average Weekly Wage $561 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 64
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 12
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
Country Brokers Real Estate Real estate services
Miller's Construction Construction services

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, AntrimRunway3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
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 23 miles
Portland, ME 119 miles
Boston, MA 73 miles
New York City, NY 239 miles
Montreal, Quebec 254 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 0.2%
Worked at home 10.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 18.1%
Commuting to another NH community 77.9%
Commuting out-of-state 4.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/27/16

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