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Chester, NH


chester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chester Planning Department
Andrew Hadik, Planning Coordinator
84 Chester St, Municipal Office Building
Chester, NH 03036
Telephone (603) 887-5629
Fax (603) 887-4404
E-mail chstrpl@gsinet.net
Web Site www.chesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, 8 am - 3:30 pm

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 1
Executive Council District 3
State Senate District 23
State Representative Rockingham County District 4

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 3,955 over 56 years, from 1,053 in 1960 to 5,008 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a 23 percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2016 Census estimate for Chester was 5,008 residents, which ranked 68th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 192.4 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, 2016 $5,563,315
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $12,384,438
Zoning Ordinance 1960/16
Master Plan 2015
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Budget; Cemetary
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Agriculture
Public Library Chester Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Parkland Medical Center, Derry 7 miles 82
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 11 miles 266

Utilities
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; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.91
2016 Equalization Ratio 93.2
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.43
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other8.1%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,705
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,610
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 59
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 36
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 5,008 303,251
2010 4,768 295,223
2000 3,863 278,748
1990 2,744 246,744
1980 2,006 190,345
1970 1,382 138,951
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   2,462 Female:   2,404
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 283
Age 5 to 19 987
Age 20 to 34 614
Age 35 to 54 1,577
Age 55 to 64 810
Age 65 and over 595
Median Age 43.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $47,311
Median family income $123,266
Median household income $117,824
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $101,314
Female $61,339
Individuals below the poverty level 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,673 2,842
Employed 2,586 2,765
Unemployed 87 77
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $100 $77
Average Weekly Wage $968 $1,114
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $170 $143
Average Weekly Wage $659 $936
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $270 $220
Average Weekly Wage $773 $998
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $183 $163
Average Weekly Wage $464 $631
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $452 $384
Average Weekly Wage $648 $842

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 Region: 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 524
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 77
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Stone Machine Co., Inc. Machine shop 15 1980
Busche Academy Education 20 2016
Chster General Store Convenience store 12 2014
MLM Construction Residential construction 10
G & P Pizzeria Restaurant 20 1990
Bittersweet Blessings Antique store 6
Your Variety Convenience store 10

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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.6%
Public transportation 0.4%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 39.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 15.8%
Commuting to another NH community 57.8%
Commuting out-of-state 26.4%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists 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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
   
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/21/16

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