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Francestown, NH

francestown New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Francestown Board of Selectmen
Jaime Pike, Town Administrator
27 Main Street, PO Box 5
Francestown, NH 03043
Telephone (603) 547-3469
Fax (603) 547-2622
E-mail selectmensoffice@francestownnh.org
Web Site www.francestown-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, Wednesday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 12 noon, extended hours Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 8
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 4, 38

Incorporated: 1772
Origin: Incorporated in 1772, Francestown was named for Frances Deering Wentworth, wife of Governor John Wentworth. She was the source of some scandal, marrying John just ten days after the death of her first husband, Theodore Atkinson. Three years after Francestown was incorporated, the Wentworths fled to exile. Situated on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the only through route between Boston and Vermont, the town collected a toll of one cent per mile from travelling coaches and wagons. Francestown was also the site of a high-quality soapstone quarry, which was mined until the 1890s.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Francestown totaled 962 over 55 years, from 495 in 1960 to 1,457 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 47 percent increase over the next decade. The 2015 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,457 residents, which ranked 163rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 48.8 persons per square mile of land area. Francestown contains 30.0 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $3,637,181
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $3,001,986
Zoning Ordinance 1937/17
Master Plan 1996
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Budget Advisory; Recreation; Waste Disposal; Patriotic; Heritage
Public Library George Holmes Bixby Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & Francestown Village Water Co.
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Comcast
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) $25.51
2016 Equalization Ratio 104.4
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.77
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.5%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 757
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 698
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 24
Five or More Units in Structure 10
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 25
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 1,457 403,972
2010 1,562 400,721
2000 1,490 382,384
1990 1,220 336,549
1980 830 276,608
1970 525 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   678 Female:   779
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 65
Age 5 to 19 235
Age 20 to 34 165
Age 35 to 54 497
Age 55 to 64 277
Age 65 and over 218
Median Age 47.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 44.7%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $39,963
Median family income $96,667
Median household income $85,833
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $59,886
Female $49,688
Individuals below the poverty level 6.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 838 980
Employed 810 955
Unemployed 28 25
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 48 n
Average Weekly Wage $790 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 102 n
Average Weekly Wage $614 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 149 n
Average Weekly Wage $671 n
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 27 26
Average Weekly Wage $344 $543
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 177 n
Average Weekly Wage $620 n

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 67
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 12
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Crotched Mountain Resort & Spa Golf course, restaurant, & time share resort 45 1991
Francestown Village Store Convenience store 12 1814
Town of Francestown Municipal services 25-35 1772
Francestown Elementary School Education
Francestown Sand & Gravel Excavation work
Country Brokers Real Estate Real estate services
Miller's Construction Construction services

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 47, 136
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 4
Distance 22 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hawthorne-Feather, AntrimRunway3,260 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
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 23 miles
Portland, ME 119 miles
Boston, MA 73 miles
New York City, NY 239 miles
Montreal, Quebec 254 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.2%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 10.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 36.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 20.0%
Commuting to another NH community 74.3%
Commuting out-of-state 5.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X 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
X Museums
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
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain, Bennington
Other: Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 06/05/17

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