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Bradford, NH

bradford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bradford
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 436
Bradford, NH 03221-0436
Telephone (603) 938-5900
Fax (603) 938-5694
E-mail administrator@bradfordnh.org
Web Site www.bradfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-12 and 1-4, Friday, 8:30-12; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 8-12 and 1-4, Wednesday, 12-5, Thursday, 10-7

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area New London, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County District 8

Incorporated: 1787
Origin: First granted in 1771, the town was named New Bradford, then Bradfordton, most likely because many settlers were from Bradford, Massachusetts. It was incorporated as Bradford in 1787, the year of the Constitutional Convention. Meeting in Exeter, Anti-Federalist members of the New Hampshire delegation were opposed the Constitution. However, political maneuvering postponed the state convention. When reconvened in Concord several months later, under the leadership of moderator Colonel Thomas Stickney, the delegation approved ratification on June 21, 1788.
Villages and Place Names: Box Corner, Bradford Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 217 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Bradford totaled 1,002 over 50 years, from 679 in 1970 to 1,681 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Bradford was 1,709 residents, which ranked 155th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 48.5 persons per square mile of land area. Bradford contains 35.2 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $3,362,250
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $3,442,755
Zoning Ordinance 1989/23
Master Plan 2020
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Budget; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Treasurer
Appointed:Conservation; Energy
Public Library Brown Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 25
Concord Hospital, Concord 26 miles 236

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
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 Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.69
2022 Equalization Ratio 68.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.97
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 861
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 812
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 44
Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,709 156,020
2020 1,662 153,808
2010 1,650 146,445
2000 1,458 136,716
1990 1,410 120,618
1980 1,115 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   823 Female:   720
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 87
Age 5 to 19 245
Age 20 to 34 279
Age 35 to 54 316
Age 55 to 64 310
Age 65 and over 306
Median Age 47.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,142
High school graduate or higher 94.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,986
Median family income $97,546
Median household income $77,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,436
Female $41,538
Individuals below the poverty level 1.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 943 953
Employed 894 927
Unemployed 49 26
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 83 40
Average Weekly Wage $862 $1,052
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 213 322
Average Weekly Wage $425 $852
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 295 362
Average Weekly Wage $547 $875
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 81 82
Average Weekly Wage $628 $817
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 377 444
Average Weekly Wage $565 $864

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 Kearsarge Regional (Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, Wilmot) SAU 65
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-5
Total Enrollment 169
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 86
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen; New England; Granite State; UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Bradford Machine, Inc. Machine job shop 3 1974
Barns of Bradford Retail home furnishings 3 1970
Kearsarge Regional Elementary School Education 50 1986
Appleseed Restaurant Restaurant 25 1977
Lumber Barn Retail store 25

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 103, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 9
Distance 7 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 48 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 41 miles
Portland, ME 134 miles
Boston, MA 92 miles
New York City, NY 262 miles
Montreal, Quebec 224 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 952
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.7%
Public transportation 1.6%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 17.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 28.3%
Commuting to another NH community 63.1%
Commuting out-of-state 8.6%
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
Tourist 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 Campgrounds
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): Pat's Peak, Mount Sunapee
Other: Lake Massasecum; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/15/23

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