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Chesterfield, NH

chesterfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chesterfield
Alissa Thompson, Town Administrator
PO Box 175
Chesterfield, NH 03443
Telephone (603) 363-4624
Fax (603) 363-8047
E-mail townadmin@nhchesterfield.com
Web Site www.nhchesterfield.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Hall, Assessors: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm, 4 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm; Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 2 pm - 6 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 1

Incorporated: 1752
Origin: Established in 1735 while New Hampshire was still under governance of Massachusetts, this town was the site of Fort Number 1 in the line of protective trading forts bordering the Connecticut River. After New Hampshire became an independent province under Governor Benning Wentworth, the town was incorporated in 1752 as Chesterfield, after Philip Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl served as Secretary of State and joined William Pitt in opposing what they considered England's unfair treatment of the American Colonies. Chesterfield was the birthplace of Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1946.
Villages and Place Names: Spofford, West Chesterfield
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,905 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chesterfield totaled 1,810 over 49 years, from 1,817 in 1970 to 3,627 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was 41 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Chesterfield was 3,627 residents, which ranked 102nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 79.6 persons per square mile of land area. Chesterfield contains 45.6 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $5,027,048
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020 $8,632,153
Zoning Ordinance 1956/17
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; School; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Chesterfield Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Brattleboro Memorial, Brattleboro VT 9 miles 61
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 98

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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $22.32
2019 Equalization Ratio 85.7
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.02
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,924
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,711
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 158
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 55
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 3,627 76,085
2010 3,604 77,117
2000 3,554 73,993
1990 3,080 70,223
1980 2,561 62,116
1970 1,817 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,785 Female:   1,800
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 158
Age 5 to 19 715
Age 20 to 34 441
Age 35 to 54 841
Age 55 to 64 657
Age 65 and over 773
Median Age 46.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $47,170
Median family income $95,466
Median household income $92,444
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,206
Female $46,495
Individuals below the poverty level 1.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,209 1,923
Employed 2,092 1,871
Unemployed 117 52
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 161 94
Average Weekly Wage $894 $1,518
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 839 1,080
Average Weekly Wage $788 $969
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,001 1,174
Average Weekly Wage $805 $1,013
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 155 142
Average Weekly Wage $516 $675
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,156 1,316
Average Weekly Wage $766 $977

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Chesterfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 281
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
United Natural Foods Food warehouse 300+/- 1988
Prospect Park Press, Inc. Commercial printing 16 1972
Ames Performance Classic Pontiac Parts Distributor 23 2008
Fed Ex Ground Package delivery service 28 2008
Foard Panel Wall panel construction 28+/- 1988
Thomas Companies Construction, drilling, & blasting 65 1971
Westfield Construction Construction 15 1996
Chesterfield Tire Tire sales and service 13 1998
Tire Warehouse Tire sales & service 5-7 1990
Perkins Home Center Home lumber supply 45 1988

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 9, 9A, 63
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 6 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 67 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 78 miles
Portland, ME 170 miles
Boston, MA 110 miles
New York City, NY 204 miles
Montreal, Quebec 248 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.9%
Other Means 12.5%
Worked at home 37.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 27.7%
Commuting to another NH community 35.1%
Commuting out-of-state 37.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
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
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other: Chesterfield Gorge; Pisgah State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/10/20

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