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Chester, NH

chester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chester Planning Department
Andrew Hadik, Town Planner
84 Chester St, Municipal Office Building
Chester, NH 03036
Telephone (603) 887-3636 x105
Fax Not Available
E-mail planning@chesternh.org
Web Site www.chesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday and Wednesday, 8-2, Tuesday and Thursday, 10-6

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 3, 31

Incorporated: 1722
Origin: Chester was first known as the chestnut country, and may have been the first of the settlement grants by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1722 for expansion of New Hampshire's seacoast settlements. Many new settlers were from Hampton, Newbury, Kingston, and Portsmouth, which were considered overcrowded. Settlers were required to plant, build houses, lay out roads, and construct a church and schoolhouse, or they would forfeit the land. The name Chester apparently came from Cheshire County in England, whose county seat is Chester, and Earl of Chester is a title held by the Prince of Wales. The towns of Auburn, Candia, Derryfield (renamed Manchester), Hooksett, and Raymond were later formed from Chester's original 100 square mile grant.
Villages and Place Names: North Chester
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,902 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chester totaled 3,853 over 50 years, from 1,382 in 1970 to 5,235 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Chester was 5,313 residents, which ranked 71st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 204.1 persons per square mile of land area. Chester contains 26.0 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021-2022 $8,354,686
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $12,839,917
Zoning Ordinance 1960/21
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Budget; Cemetary; Road Agent
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Agriculture
Public Library Chester Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 7 miles 50
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 11 miles 292

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Granite State; Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.40
2022 Equalization Ratio 68.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.43
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings91.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,837
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,746
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 64
Five or More Units in Structure 27
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 5,313 319,424
2020 5,232 314,176
2010 4,768 295,223
2000 3,863 278,748
1990 2,744 246,744
1980 2,006 190,345
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,709 Female:   2,489
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 269
Age 5 to 19 968
Age 20 to 34 799
Age 35 to 54 1,353
Age 55 to 64 1,109
Age 65 and over 700
Median Age 46.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,603
High school graduate or higher 97.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 41.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $50,043
Median family income $137,167
Median household income $131,635
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $88,571
Female $66,595
Individuals below the poverty level 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,758 3,094
Employed 2,615 3,017
Unemployed 143 77
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 74 102
Average Weekly Wage $934 $1,299
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 215 180
Average Weekly Wage $745 $1,077
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 289 282
Average Weekly Wage $793 $1,157
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 168 176
Average Weekly Wage $586 $826
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 456 458
Average Weekly Wage $717 $1,029

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Chester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pinkerton Academy (Derry) SAU 82
Career Technology Center(s): Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 502 154
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 81
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; St. Anselm; Thomas More; Rivier

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Stone Machine Co., Inc. Machine shop 30 1980
Busche Academy Education 20 2016
Chester General Store Convenience store 12 1950
MLM Construction Residential construction 10 1982
G & P Pizzeria Restaurant 20 1990
Bittersweet Blessings Antique store 6 2012
Your Variety Convenience store 10 1987
Play Laugh N' Grow Daycare 14 2014
Like Nu Autobody Auto Repair 5 1979
Chester Forest Products Sawmill 8 2014

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 102, 121, 121A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 4
Distance 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CART
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 15 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 14 miles
Portland, ME 86 miles
Boston, MA 49 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 268 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,119
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.5%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 14.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 19.7%
Commuting to another NH community 62.9%
Commuting out-of-state 17.4%
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
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/12/23

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