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Chichester, NH

chichester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Chichester Board of Selectmen
Thomas Jameson, 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 Monday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 2 pm, 4 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 am - 2 pm

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 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 17
State Representative Merrimack County District 20

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´┐Żs 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 1,824 over 57 years, from 821 in 1960 to 2,645 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 38 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 26 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2017 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,645 residents, which ranked 116th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 124.8 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, 2016 $2,839,736
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,332,963
Zoning Ordinance 1962/15
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
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 Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles 242

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Concord Electric
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 Fairpoint; 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.72
2017 Equalization Ratio 90.9
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.03
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,055
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 892
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 98
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 65
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 2,645 149,216
2010 2,523 146,445
2000 2,259 136,716
1990 1,879 120,618
1980 1,492 98,302
1970 1,083 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   1,380 Female:   1,210
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 163
Age 5 to 19 478
Age 20 to 34 445
Age 35 to 54 712
Age 55 to 64 407
Age 65 and over 385
Median Age 44.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.0%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,098
Median family income $88,158
Median household income $81,397
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $56,667
Female $48,700
Individuals below the poverty level 7.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,479 1,506
Employed 1,436 1,475
Unemployed 43 31
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $57 $166
Average Weekly Wage $524 $892
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $492 $462
Average Weekly Wage $718 $907
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $549 $628
Average Weekly Wage $698 $903
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $89 $80
Average Weekly Wage $626 $763
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $638 $708
Average Weekly Wage $688 $887

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 Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 198
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 30
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: UNH School of Law

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
Domenic's Restaurant 8 2004
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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.4%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 7.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 13.1%
Commuting to another NH community 82.7%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
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 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
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, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/11/18

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