NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Winchester, NH

winchester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Winchester
Shelly Walker, Town Administrator
1 Richmond Road
Winchester, NH 03470
Telephone (603) 239-4951
Fax (603) 239-4170
E-mail selectmen@winchester.nh.gov
Web Site www.winchester-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 7 am - 5:30 pm, closed Friday

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 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 13, 15

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1733 to Colonel Josiah Willard who petitioned the Massachusetts government for a tract on the east side of the Connecticut River. The township was identified as a plantation called Arlington, and was incorporated in 1739 without a name, but at the time, the town was referenced as Winchester. After the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border changed, Josiah Willard petitioned the New Hampshire government in 1750 and 1753 for incorporation. The name Winchester was probably in honor of Charles Paulet, Marquis of Winchester, third Duke of Bolton, and constable of the Tower of London.
Villages and Place Names: Ashuelot, Camp Forest Lake, Curtis Corner, Scotland
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,209 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Winchester totaled 1,900 over 53 years, from 2,411 in 1960 to 4,311 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 21 percent between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Winchester was 4,311 residents, which ranked 88th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 78.4 persons per square mile of land area. Winchester contains 55.0 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $3,298,617
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $11,234,427
Zoning Ordinance 1971/13
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning & Zoning Boards
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Conant Public; Thayer Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 140

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Winchester Water Department
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 No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $30.73
2013 Equalization Ratio 111.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.97
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,975
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,180
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 269
Five or More Units in Structure 129
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 397
Total Population Community County
2013 4,311 76,723
2010 4,341 77,117
2000 4,153 73,993
1990 4,048 70,223
1980 3,465 62,116
1970 2,869 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    2,243 Female:    2,068
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 344
Age 5 to 19 802
Age 20 to 34 560
Age 35 to 54 1,483
Age 55 to 64 550
Age 65 and over 572
Median Age 41.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 13.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $22,312
Median family income $52,396
Median household income $43,399
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $36,652
Female $37,038
Individuals below the poverty level 18.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,153 2,184
Employed 2,057 2,044
Unemployed 96 140
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 6.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 392 281
Average Weekly Wage $494 $701
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 334 370
Average Weekly Wage $392 $515
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 725 651
Average Weekly Wage $447 $595
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 51 48
Average Weekly Wage $508 $699
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 777 699
Average Weekly Wage $451 $602

Schools students attend: Winchester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 94
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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 387
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 56
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Kulick's Inc. Grocery store, mall 55 1909
Winchester Roll Products, Inc. Pressure vessels 25 1984
Town of Winchester Municipal services 22 1753
Plum Pak Packaging, manufacturing 215-240 2000
RiteAid Drugstore 2000
Harborside Applewood Nursing home 72 1997
Innovative Machine & Supply Machine shop 14 1985
Porter's Diesel Service Truck repair & service 9 1981
Winchester Learning Center Child day care 15 2001
Family Dollar Discount store

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 78, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91, Exit 28 (MA) or Exits 1 - 2 (VT)
Distance 12 miles; 14 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 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 65 miles
Portland, ME 162 miles
Boston, MA 89 miles
New York City, NY 201 miles
Montreal, Quebec 258 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.7%
Other Means 1.0%
Worked at home 7.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 21.5%
Commuting to another NH community 68.1%
Commuting out-of-state 10.4%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X 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
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): Snow & Okemo Mountains, VT
Other: Covered Bridges; Historical Society; Pisgah State Park; Forest Lake; Pickle Festival; Ashuelot River

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 06/11/14

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only