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Benton, NH

benton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Benton Board of Selectmen
William Darcy, Chairman
221 Coventry Road
Benton, NH 03785
Telephone (603) 787-6541
Fax Not Available
E-mail bentonnhselectmen@gmail.com
Web Site www.tobentonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Haverhill, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County District 5

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: This community was first granted in 1764 as Coventry after the Connecticut home of many settlers, holding the name for over 75 years. In 1839, Governor Isaac Hill proposed renaming the town Benton in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, senator from Missouri. The town was incorporated as such in 1840. Senator Benton was known for championing Western expansion through establishment of express, railroad, navigation and telegraph interests. A prominent natural feature in Benton is Mount Moosilauke, a popular site for hikers.
Villages and Place Names: Boutin Corner, Coventry
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 88 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Benton totaled 42 over 41 years, from 333 in 1980 to 375 in 2021. The largest decennial percent change was 16 percent between 2000 and 2010. The 2021 Census estimate for Benton was 375 residents, which ranked 220th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 7.7 persons per square mile of land area. Benton contains 48.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $175,000
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $786,428
Zoning Ordinance 1976/86
Master Plan Update in progress
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department State Police
Fire Department Contracted out
Emergency Medical Service Woodsville Ambulance
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 12 miles 35

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramNone
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Satellite only
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.26
2021 Equalization Ratio 77.5
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.99
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.1%

(ACS 2016-2020) Housing
Total Housing Units 153
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 142
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2021 375 92,201
2020 367 91,123
2010 364 89,118
2000 314 81,826
1990 330 74,998
1980 333 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020
Population by Gender
Male:   222 Female:   215
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1
Age 5 to 19 38
Age 20 to 34 41
Age 35 to 54 51
Age 55 to 64 144
Age 65 and over 162
Median Age 61.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 76.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.3%

(ACS 2016-2020) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $24,566
Median family income $74,250
Median household income $56,691
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $32,500
Female $30,000
Individuals below the poverty level 10.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 141 146
Employed 136 138
Unemployed 5 8
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 5.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 0 n
Average Weekly Wage $0 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 176 148
Average Weekly Wage $797 $959
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n 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 tuitioned to Haverhill Cooperative (Bath, Benton, Haverhill, Piermont, Warren) SAU 23
Career Technology Center(s): River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton; Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Coventry Garage Garage 1 1989
Glenncliff Home for the Elderly Nursing home 200 1971
Elliott Construction Construction 1
Joe Boutin, Jr & Son Logging & excavation 2

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 112, 116
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 17
Distance 13 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dean Memorial, HaverhillRunway2,500 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 47 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 95 miles
Portland, ME 112 miles
Boston, MA 145 miles
New York City, NY 307 miles
Montreal, Quebec 179 miles

(ACS 2016-2020) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.5%
Other Means 1.4%
Worked at home 4.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2016-2020)
Working in community of residence 86.1%
Commuting to another NH community 6.9%
Commuting out-of-state 6.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon & Cannon Mountains
Other: Hiking; White Mountain National Forest: Long Pond; Mount Moosilauke; Black Mountain

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 5/24/22

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