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Bennington, NH

bennington New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bennington
Denise French, Town Administrator
7 School Street, Unit 101
Bennington, NH 03442
Telephone (603) 588-2189
Fax (603) 588-8005
E-mail office@townofbennington.com
Web Site www.townofbennington.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Tuesday, 9 am - 12 noon, Thursday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Hillsborough
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 8
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 3, 38

Incorporated: 1842
Origin: Formed from portions of Hancock, Greenfield, Deering, and Francestown, in 1842 this community was named in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington (Vermont), one of the most decisive battles of the Revolution, fought August 14-16, 1777. Bennington was originally a part of Hancock called Factory Village, as there was substantial industry powered by the Great Falls on the Contoocook River. According to the Town of Bennington history, the first papermaking machinery was installed in 1835 near the current Monadnock Paper Mills location.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 541 residents in 1850
Population Trends: Population change for Bennington totaled 919 over 58 years, from 591 in 1960 to 1,510 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 38 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2018 Census estimate for Bennington was 1,510 residents, which ranked 163rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 133.0 persons per square mile of land area. Bennington contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $2,059,232
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $2,236,060
Zoning Ordinance 1987/17
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer; Checklist; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Hazard Mitigation Planning; Capital Reserve; Solid Waste
Public Library G E P Dodge

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bennington Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.94
2018 Equalization Ratio 98.2
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.58
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 708
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 500
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 72
Five or More Units in Structure 93
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 43
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,510 415,247
2010 1,476 400,721
2000 1,404 382,384
1990 1,230 336,549
1980 890 276,608
1970 639 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   747 Female:   655
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 72
Age 5 to 19 260
Age 20 to 34 321
Age 35 to 54 269
Age 55 to 64 251
Age 65 and over 229
Median Age 38.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,388
Median family income $83,409
Median household income $61,364
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,059
Female $41,648
Individuals below the poverty level 5.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 804 789
Employed 774 771
Unemployed 30 18
Unemployment Rate 3.7% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $383 n
Average Weekly Wage $865 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $22 $17
Average Weekly Wage $541 $514
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $405 n
Average Weekly Wage $848 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 77
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Printing specialty papers 235 1819
Pierce Elementary School Education
US 202 Mini-Mart Convenience store, gas station
Alberto's Restaurant Restaurant 26 1945
Town of Bennington Municipal services 50 1842
Crotched Mt. Ski & Ride Area Ski - seasonal 250+/- 2003
Common Place Eatery Restaurant 4
DH Hardwick & Sons, Inc. Logging, gravel, and aggregate sales 24 1978
Francestown Sand & Gravel, Inc. Excavating contractor, gravel sales 10 1972

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 31, 47
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
Distance 23 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, AntrimRunway3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 30 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 80 miles
New York City, NY 245 miles
Montreal, Quebec 248 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.0%
Other Means 10.5%
Worked at home 10.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 19.4%
Commuting to another NH community 76.3%
Commuting out-of-state 4.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 8/1/18

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