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Swanzey, NH

swanzey New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Swanzey
Shane O'Keefe, Town Administrator
Town Hall, PO Box 10009
Swanzey, NH 03446-0009
Telephone (603) 352-7411
Fax (603) 352-6250
E-mail sokeefe@town.swanzey.nh.us
Web Site www.town.swanzey.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
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 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 12, 15

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: This town was one of the fort towns established by Governor Belcher of Massachusetts, and was first granted in 1734 as Lower Ashuelot to Captain Nathaniel Hammond and Ephraim Jones. In 1753, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for a grant under authority of the New Hampshire government, since they had settled and been making improvements for over 18 years. The town was chartered that year as Swanzey, the name being suggested by Governor Brenton of Rhode Island, who owned land at Brenton's Farm (Litchfield), and Swansea, Massachusetts. There are four covered bridges located in Swanzey: Carleton, Thompson, Slate, and Cresson.
Villages and Place Names: East Swanzey, West Swanzey, Westport, North Swanzey, Swanzey Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,157 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Swanzey totaled 3,617 over 53 years, from 3,626 in 1960 to 7,243 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 22 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a six percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Swanzey was 7,243 residents, which ranked 43rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 161.2 persons per square mile of land area. Swanzey contains 45.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,513,578
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $9,909,096
Zoning Ordinance 1947/13
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Sewer
Appointed:Conservation; Swanzey Revenue; Economic Dev; Open Space; Old Home Day; Recreation; Capital Improvement
Public Library Mt. Caesar Union; Stratton Free

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 6 miles 140

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier North Swanzey Fire Precinct; West Swanzey Water Co.
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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) $25.37
2013 Equalization Ratio 113.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.22
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,059
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,184
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 285
Five or More Units in Structure 289
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 301
Total Population Community County
2013 7,243 76,723
2010 7,230 77,117
2000 6,814 73,993
1990 5,864 70,223
1980 5,183 62,116
1970 4,254 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    3,552 Female:    3,691
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 353
Age 5 to 19 1,230
Age 20 to 34 1,245
Age 35 to 54 2,250
Age 55 to 64 1,110
Age 65 and over 1,055
Median Age 45.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,257
Median family income $62,344
Median household income $55,066
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $49,144
Female $41,655
Individuals below the poverty level 10.7%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,760 3,854
Employed 3,630 3,664
Unemployed 130 190
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 4.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 314 338
Average Weekly Wage $602 $1,104
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 858 1,174
Average Weekly Wage $565 $615
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,172 1,512
Average Weekly Wage $575 $724
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 705 723
Average Weekly Wage $575 $679
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,877 2,235
Average Weekly Wage $575 $709

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 580 261 564
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 97
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Monadnock Regional School District Education 410 FT/336 PT 1962
Fenton Family Dealerships Automobile dealership 130 FT/34 PT 1985
Market Basket Supermarket 55 FT/300 PT 2010
Nanotech Ultra-precision machining systems 55 1997
Town of Swanzey Municipal services 35 FT/136 PT 1753
Powers Generator Service, LLC Generator sales, service, installation 22 1995
First Student Bus transportation 7 FT/75 PT 2000
Keene Gas/Titan Propane Propane sales, service 18 FT/1 PT 1860
Port-O-Lite Millwork 15 1952
Mold Pro Thermoplastic injection molding 40 2003

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 12, 32
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 20 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 58 miles
Portland, ME 155 miles
Boston, MA 83 miles
New York City, NY 225 miles
Montreal, Quebec 260 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 54.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.3%
Public transportation 4.3%
Walked 29.3%
Other Means 2.2%
Worked at home 4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 46.7%
Commuting to another NH community 41.7%
Commuting out-of-state 11.6%
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
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Cheshire Fair; Covered Bridges; Old Home Day; Hiking trails; Summer Theatre; Band Concert Series

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/16/14

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