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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, 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 District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District 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 1,028 over 49 years, from 679 in 1970 to 1,707 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 64 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over one-third of the 49-year numeric increase. The 2019 Census estimate for Bradford was 1,707 residents, which ranked 151st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (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, 2020 $2,860,245
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 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 245

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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.91
2019 Equalization Ratio 79.5
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.10
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings6.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 859
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 809
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 28
Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 17
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,707 151,391
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   802 Female:   785
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 44
Age 5 to 19 333
Age 20 to 34 218
Age 35 to 54 350
Age 55 to 64 283
Age 65 and over 359
Median Age 48.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,990
Median family income $94,643
Median household income $71,458
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $49,250
Female $41,397
Individuals below the poverty level 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 911 951
Employed 860 929
Unemployed 51 22
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 74 48
Average Weekly Wage $863 $779
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 164 270
Average Weekly Wage $549 $678
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 237 317
Average Weekly Wage $647 $693
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 87 66
Average Weekly Wage $582 $845
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 325 383
Average Weekly Wage $629 $719

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
Grade Levels K 1-5
Total Enrollment 175
2020 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; 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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 11.1%
Worked at home 4.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 24.4%
Commuting to another NH community 71.3%
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
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 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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/19/20

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