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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 through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Wednesday, 12 noon - 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, second and fourth Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 8
State Representative Merrimack County District 6

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. New Hampshire was the ninth and deciding state to ratify, thus making the United States Constitution binding.
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 1,177 over 57 years, from 508 in 1960 to 1,685 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 64 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the 57-year numeric increase. The 2017 Census estimate for Bradford was 1,685 residents, which ranked 151st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 47.8 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, 2018 $4,109,106
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $2,805,358
Zoning Ordinance 1989/14
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Budget; Cemetery; Trust Funds
Public Library Brown Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 25
Concord Hospital, Concord 26 miles 242

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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.40
2017 Equalization Ratio 87.1
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.17
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 913
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 875
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 8
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 27
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 1,685 149,216
2010 1,650 146,445
2000 1,458 136,716
1990 1,410 120,618
1980 1,115 98,302
1970 679 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   825 Female:   808
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 39
Age 5 to 19 326
Age 20 to 34 162
Age 35 to 54 432
Age 55 to 64 329
Age 65 and over 345
Median Age 50.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.2%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $30,394
Median family income $75,268
Median household income $61,324
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $51,023
Female $41,736
Individuals below the poverty level 5.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 906 943
Employed 873 921
Unemployed 33 22
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $101 $56
Average Weekly Wage $775 $811
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $190 $215
Average Weekly Wage $439 $605
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $291 $271
Average Weekly Wage $555 $647
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $86 $69
Average Weekly Wage $547 $761
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $377 $340
Average Weekly Wage $553 $671

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 Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 9-12
Total Enrollment 166 12
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 119
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Northeast Catholic College; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Colonial Woodworking Staircase units 25 1975
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 2003
Tyler's Lawn Care Landscaping Service 12 2011

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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 8.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 72.3%
Commuting out-of-state 6.7%
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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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,December 2018. Community Response Received 5/30/18

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