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Swanzey, NH

swanzey New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Swanzey
Michael Branley, Town Administrator
Town Hall, PO Box 10009
Swanzey, NH 03446-0009
Telephone (603) 352-7411
Fax (603) 352-6250
E-mail [email protected]
Web Site www.town.swanzey.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

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 3,629 over 54 years, from 3,626 in 1960 to 7,255 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Swanzey was 7,255 residents, which ranked 43rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 161.4 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,513,578
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $14,844,767
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; Library
Appointed:Conservation; Swanzey Revenue; Economic Dev; Open Space; Old Home Day; Recreation; Capital Improvement
Public Library Mt. Caesar Union; Stratton Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 6 miles 116

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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.58
2015 Equalization Ratio 100.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.56
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,126
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,311
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 220
Five or More Units in Structure 357
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 238
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 7,255 76,596
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   3,491 Female:   3,764
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 422
Age 5 to 19 1,115
Age 20 to 34 1,341
Age 35 to 54 2,284
Age 55 to 64 1,142
Age 65 and over 951
Median Age 43.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,905
Median family income $58,500
Median household income $54,355
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,810
Female $42,327
Individuals below the poverty level 13.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,823 4,139
Employed 3,705 3,985
Unemployed 118 154
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 3.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 318 357
Average Weekly Wage $624 $1,082
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 942 1,170
Average Weekly Wage $529 $656
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,260 1,527
Average Weekly Wage $553 $756
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 712 715
Average Weekly Wage $616 $674
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,973 2,242
Average Weekly Wage $576 $730

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Windham RCC (VT) Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) 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 570 247 528
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 197
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 70 miles
Portland, ME 162 miles
Boston, MA 98 miles
New York City, NY 210 miles
Montreal, Quebec 247 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.1%
Public transportation 1.8%
Walked 1.0%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 6.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.7%
Commuting to another NH community 78.6%
Commuting out-of-state 4.7%
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
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): Granite Gorge
Other: Cheshire Fair; Covered Bridges; Old Home Day; Hiking trails; Summer Theatre; Band Concert Series

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 07/21/16

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