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Chichester, NH

chichester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Chichester Board of Selectmen
Richard Bouchard, Chairman
54 Main Street
Chichester, NH 03258
Telephone (603) 798-5350
Fax (603) 798-3170
E-mail selectmen@chichesternh.org
Web Site www.chichesternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30-3:30, Tuesday, 7:30-7:00; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8-3:30, Tuesday, 8-7

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 17
State Representative Merrimack County District 13

Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Chichester is one of seven towns granted in 1727 when New Hampshire was still a part of Massachusetts. As were several other towns, it was named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holles, Duke of Newcastle, Earl of Chichester, and England's Secretary of State (1724-1754). Holles was in charge of colonial policy, and was very involved in relations between the American Colonies and England. The charter for Chichester was a pattern for other town charters, requiring the planting and cultivation of land, and building dwelling houses, roads, a schoolhouse, and a church, all within three to five years.
Villages and Place Names: Horse Corner, Kelleys Corner, North Chichester
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 491 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chichester totaled 1,614 over 50 years, from 1,083 in 1970 to 2,697 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 38 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,737 residents, which ranked 115th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 129.2 persons per square mile of land area. Chichester contains 21.2 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $3,189,755
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $6,564,127
Zoning Ordinance 1962/22
Master Plan 2021
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Chichester Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Per diem & On call
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 245

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Unitil
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated; TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.10
2021 Equalization Ratio 75.6
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.34
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,027
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 894
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 51
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 82
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 2,677 152,983
2020 2,665 153,808
2010 2,523 146,445
2000 2,259 136,716
1990 1,879 120,618
1980 1,492 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,424 Female:   1,253
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 93
Age 5 to 19 508
Age 20 to 34 377
Age 35 to 54 885
Age 55 to 64 397
Age 65 and over 417
Median Age 45.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,987
High school graduate or higher 96.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $41,313
Median family income $109,375
Median household income $110,291
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $63,563
Female $58,092
Individuals below the poverty level 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 1,493 1,530
Employed 1,430 1,479
Unemployed 63 51
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 72 205
Average Weekly Wage $669 $1,201
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 364 536
Average Weekly Wage $630 $1,128
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 436 741
Average Weekly Wage $636 $1,148
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 93 97
Average Weekly Wage $684 $730
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 529 838
Average Weekly Wage $645 $1,099

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Chichester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke SAU 53
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 208
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law; Granite State; Southern NH University; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; UNH Durham

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Weathervane Seafood Restaurant 100 1983
Clarks Grain Store Feed dealer 17 1960
Harris Furniture Retail furniture store 12 1985
Avitar Associates of New England, Inc. Assessing 27 1985
Hess Station Convenience store, gas 6 1988
Bob Cat Retail tractor sales 8 2007
Chuckster's Mini golf 2007
Tractor Supply Co Rural retail store 2010

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4, 202
State Routes 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
Distance 4 miles; 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord MunicipalRunway6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 26 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 27 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 77 miles
New York City, NY 274 miles
Montreal, Quebec 256 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,523
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.5%
Public transportation 4.6%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 17.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 21.7%
Commuting to another NH community 74.2%
Commuting out-of-state 4.1%
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
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak
Other: Chuckster's

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 6/20/22

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