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Jaffrey, NH

jaffrey New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Jaffrey Board of Selectmen
David Caron, Town Manager
10 Goodnow Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Telephone (603) 532-7880
Fax (603) 532-7862
E-mail townmanager@townofjaffrey.com
Web Site http://town.jaffrey.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am - 5 pm, Thursday, 12 noon - 7 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 9, 14

Incorporated: 1773
Origin: In 1749 this territory was chartered as Monadnock Number 2, sometimes called Middle Monadnock or Middletown. It was one of the first towns established under the New Hampshire proprietors' purchase of undivided lands under the Masonian claim. The grant was renewed in 1767, and the town incorporated in 1773 as Jaffrey, in honor of George Jaffrey, member of a prominent Portsmouth family. Both his father and son were named George, and all three served as treasurer of the province. George Senior held the position when the state was still under Massachusetts rule. George III also served as proprietors' clerk, and was a life trustee of Dartmouth College, providing the design for the official college seal.
Villages and Place Names: Hadley, Jaffrey Center, Squantum
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,235 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Jaffrey totaled 2,249 over 53 years, from 3,154 in 1960 to 5,403 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 30 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 24 percent increase over the next decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Jaffrey was 5,403 residents, which ranked 61st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 140.7 persons per square mile of land area. Jaffrey contains 38.4 square miles of land area and 1.8 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $9,669,988
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $10,975,210
Zoning Ordinance 1960/13
Master Plan 2009
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Building Inspector
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Economic Development
Public Library Jaffrey Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 8 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Jaffrey Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.10
2013 Equalization Ratio 110.2
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.85
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings88.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,356
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,613
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 196
Five or More Units in Structure 310
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 237
Total Population Community County
2013 5,425 76,851
2010 5,457 77,117
2000 5,487 73,993
1990 5,378 70,223
1980 4,349 62,116
1970 3,353 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,508 Female:   2,954
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 272
Age 5 to 19 1,211
Age 20 to 34 575
Age 35 to 54 1,687
Age 55 to 64 877
Age 65 and over 840
Median Age 43.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,340
Median family income $78,466
Median household income $60,893
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $51,111
Female $33,852
Individuals below the poverty level 6.4%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,836 2,719
Employed 2,705 2,565
Unemployed 131 154
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 5.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,041 1,312
Average Weekly Wage $844 $1,009
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 990 1,082
Average Weekly Wage $464 $601
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,031 2,394
Average Weekly Wage $659 $824
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 422 380
Average Weekly Wage $601 $831
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,453 2,774
Average Weekly Wage $649 $825

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative (Jaffrey, Rindge) SAU 47
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 1 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 334 356 440 93
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 135
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce University; Keene State; New England; Antioch New England

Millpore Corporation Industrial filters 700 1974
Jaffrey-Ringe School District Education 264
TFX Medical, Inc. Medical tubing 303 1980
DD Bean & Sons Paperbook matches 51 1938
Good Shepherd Nursing Home Elder care services 69 1977
Belletetes Hardware store 55 1898
Medefab Medical devices 35 1990
Johnson Abrasives Coated abrasives 18 1979
New England Wood Pellet Wood pellets 39 1998

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 124, 137
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3; Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8
Distance 32 miles; 33 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver Ranch
Runway 2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 42 miles
Portland, ME 138 miles
Boston, MA 75 miles
New York City, NY 236 miles
Montreal, Quebec 274 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.2%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 4.3%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 9.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 38.6%
Commuting to another NH community 50.2%
Commuting out-of-state 11.2%
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
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Crotched Mountain
Other: Historic District; Monadnock State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/23/2014

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