NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Hillsborough, NH

hillsborough New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Hillsborough
Laura Buono, Town Administrator
27 School Street, PO Box 7
Hillsborough, NH 03244
Telephone (603) 464-3877
Fax (603) 464-4270
E-mail Not Available
Web Site www.town.hillsborough.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 am - 4:45 pm, Tuesday, 9 am - 6:45 pm, last Saturday, 10 am - 11:45 am

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 1, 38

Incorporated: 1772
Origin: This area was first granted in 1735 by Massachusetts Governor Jonathan Belcher as Number 7, one of nine towns set up as defense barriers against Indian attacks. Following the 1741 establishment the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Number 7 became part of the lands being granted by the Masonian Proprietors. The township was known as Hillsborough, probably for Colonel John Hill, who had purchased the Number 7 grant from the original grant holders, and in 1748 came to agreement with the Masonian Proprietors about settlement. Hillsborough is the birthplace of Franklin Pierce, fourteenth President of the United States, the only President from New Hampshire.
Villages and Place Names: Hillsboro Center, Hillsboro Lower Village, Hillsboro Upper Village, Bridge Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 798 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Hillsborough totaled 3,227 over 49 years, from 2,775 in 1970 to 6,002 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was between 1980 and 1990, when the population increased by 37 percent. The 2019 Census estimate for Hillsborough was 6,002 residents, which ranked 57th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 137.3 persons per square mile of land area. Hillsborough contains 43.7 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $8,628,656
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $9,478,652
Zoning Ordinance 1976/20
Master Plan 2018
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Economic Development
Public Library Fuller Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 23 miles 245
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Hillsborough Water Works; Emerald Lake
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Comcast; Granite State; 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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.56
2019 Equalization Ratio 87.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.19
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings77.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,172
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,616
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 300
Five or More Units in Structure 113
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 143
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 6,002 417,025
2010 6,011 400,721
2000 4,950 382,384
1990 4,708 336,549
1980 3,437 276,608
1970 2,775 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   3,226 Female:   2,769
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 233
Age 5 to 19 1,321
Age 20 to 34 850
Age 35 to 54 1,596
Age 55 to 64 1,054
Age 65 and over 941
Median Age 42.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,376
Median family income $83,250
Median household income $82,395
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $64,964
Female $42,375
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,691 2,887
Employed 2,480 2,813
Unemployed 211 74
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,434 1,515
Average Weekly Wage $770 $919
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 133 171
Average Weekly Wage $887 $956
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,567 1,686
Average Weekly Wage $780 $923

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 Hillsboro-Deering Cooperative (Deering, Hillsborough) SAU 34
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 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 482 292 348 23
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 75
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; Northeast Catholic College

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Osram-Sylvania Automotive lighting 700 1971
Hillsboro-Deering School District Education 431
Town of Hillsborough Municipal services 95 1772
Tractor Supply Co. Rural retail store 30 2015
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 140 2003
McDonalds Restaurant 40
Tooky Mills Restaurant 30
High Tide Seasonal restaurant 35
Rite Aid Pharmacy 18

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 202
State Routes 9, 31, 149
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 5
Distance 14 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 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 37 miles
Portland, ME 129 miles
Boston, MA 87 miles
New York City, NY 251 miles
Montreal, Quebec 239 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 9.7%
Worked at home 2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 35.6%
Commuting to another NH community 61.7%
Commuting out-of-state 2.7%
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
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 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): Pat's Peak
Other: Franklin Pierce Homestead; Fox State Forest, Historic Stone Arch Bridges; Swimming Lake

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/4/20

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964