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Chesterfield, NH

chesterfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Chesterfield
Rick Carrier, Town Administrator
PO Box 175
Chesterfield, NH 03443
Telephone (603) 363-4624
Fax (603) 363-8047
E-mail admin@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, 4 pm - 7 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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate 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 2,178 over 55 years, from 1,405 in 1960 to 3,583 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was 41 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2015 Census estimate for Chesterfield was 3,583 residents, which ranked 103rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 78.6 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, 2017 $3,898,761
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $8,464,861
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 108

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
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.26
2016 Equalization Ratio 96.6
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.40
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.2%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,669
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,394
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 191
Five or More Units in Structure 67
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 17
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 3,583 76,430
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) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   1,746 Female:   1,837
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 293
Age 5 to 19 577
Age 20 to 34 383
Age 35 to 54 984
Age 55 to 64 655
Age 65 and over 677
Median Age 46.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 40.8%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,669
Median family income $85,746
Median household income $73,715
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $60,729
Female $45,605
Individuals below the poverty level 4.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,243 1,926
Employed 2,177 1,874
Unemployed 66 52
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 326 97
Average Weekly Wage $924 $1,311
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 838 1,046
Average Weekly Wage $771 $916
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,164 1,143
Average Weekly Wage $814 $950
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 183 135
Average Weekly Wage $454 $619
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,347 1,278
Average Weekly Wage $765 $915

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 294
2017 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 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 9.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 25.8%
Commuting to another NH community 40.6%
Commuting out-of-state 33.6%
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
Tourists 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, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/02/17

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