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Milford, NH

milford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Milford
Board of Selectmen
1 Union Square
Milford, NH 03055
Telephone (603) 249-0603
Fax (603) 673-2273
E-mail administration@milford.nh.gov
Web Site www.milford.nh.gov/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 3 pm, extended hours on Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 23, 40

Incorporated: 1794
Origin: This town was incorporated in 1794 from portions of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, a strip of land that fell between the Dunstable grant and the Raby (Brookline) grant. A section of Milford was known as the Duxbury School Farm, a thousand acres of land intended to support Duxbury, Massachusetts schools. The town was probably named for its location near a shallow water crossing on the Souhegan River by an early mill site known as the Mill Ford. Milford bears the nickname of the Granite Town in the Granite State, because of its extensive high-quality granite quarries. At one time, Milford was a prime stop on the Underground Railroad.
Villages and Place Names: East Milford, South Milford, Richardson
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 939 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Milford totaled 10,270 over 54 years, from 4,863 in 1960 to 15,133 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase occurring between 1960 and 1970, and between 1980 and 1990; population increased 31 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2014 Census estimate for Milford was 15,133 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 595.3 persons per square mile of land area. Milford contains 25.4 square miles of land area and 0.05 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $17,377,881
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $38,058,404
Zoning Ordinance 1969/10
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Cemetery; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Heritage; Budget; Economic Development
Public Library Wadleigh Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 12 miles 188
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 12 miles 126

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Milford Water Utilities
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 Education/Government only
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.30
2014 Equalization Ratio $98.8
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.72
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$79.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings$19.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$1.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 6,389
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,796
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 874
Five or More Units in Structure 1,438
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 281
Total Population Community County
2014 15,133 402,776
2010 15,115 400,721
2000 13,606 382,384
1990 11,828 336,549
1980 8,685 276,608
1970 6,622 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   7,677 Female:   7,456
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 748
Age 5 to 19 3,150
Age 20 to 34 2,383
Age 35 to 54 4,708
Age 55 to 64 2,025
Age 65 and over 2,119
Median Age 40.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,913
Median family income $80,714
Median household income $63,203
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $55,657
Female $42,765
Individuals below the poverty level 6.0%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 8,678 8,852
Employed 8,389 8,494
Unemployed 289 358
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 4.0%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,592 1,823
Average Weekly Wage $871 $1,077
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,444 3,332
Average Weekly Wage $505 $647
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 6,037 5,154
Average Weekly Wage $663 $799
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 695 691
Average Weekly Wage $711 $873
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,731 5,845
Average Weekly Wage $668 $808
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Milford operates grades K-12 SAU 40
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Spplied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-4
Total Enrollment 1028 662 817 31
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 410
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Hitchiner Manufacturing Ferrous, non-ferrous castings 500 1946
Hendrix Wire & Cable High voltage power cables 120 1957
Coorstek Industrial ceramics 70 1978
Airmar Technology Corporation Ultrasonic transducers 168 1981
Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Health & Fitness Club 200 1973
Milford School District Education 426 1794
Alene Candles Candles 175 1995
Sun Health Care Elder care services 140
Hampshire Paper Corporation Paper 50 1978
Cirtronics Electromechanical Assemblies 170 1979
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 3
Distance 9 miles; 14 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, Nashua
Runway 6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 18 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 16 miles
Portland, ME 112 miles
Boston, MA 55 miles
New York City, NY 225 miles
Montreal, Quebec 276 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 25.5%
Commuting to another NH community 61.2%
Commuting out-of-state 13.3%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Pat's Peak, Crotched Mtn.
Other: Hiking; Canoeing; Kayaking; Historic Sites; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Pumpkin Festival; Art Shows; Concerts

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 06/16/15

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