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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 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 1,061 over 53 years, from 495 in 1960 to 1,556 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,556 residents, which ranked 158th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 52.1 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Canterbury. Francestown contains 30.0 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $1,592,670
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,030,826
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
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Budget Advisory; Recreation; Waste Disposal; Patriotic; Heritage
Public Library George Holmes Bixby Memorial

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
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) $22.77
2013 Equalization Ratio 112.3
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.68
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 719
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 661
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 36
Five or More Units in Structure 19
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 3
Total Population Community County
2013 1,556 402,979
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    775 Female:    781
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 60
Age 5 to 19 248
Age 20 to 34 247
Age 35 to 54 483
Age 55 to 64 288
Age 65 and over 230
Median Age 47.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 44.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $37,417
Median family income $95,417
Median household income $83,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,583
Female $38,382
Individuals below the poverty level 4.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 823 821
Employed 791 781
Unemployed 32 40
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 24 n
Average Weekly Wage $643 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 69 n
Average Weekly Wage $546 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 93 97
Average Weekly Wage $571 $859
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 27 24
Average Weekly Wage $333 $555
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 120 121
Average Weekly Wage $517 $798

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 67
2014 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

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

(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

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 10.5%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 1.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 20.5%
Commuting to another NH community 78.9%
Commuting out-of-state 0.6%
X 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
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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 06/04/14

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