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Litchfield, NH

litchfield New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Litchfield
Theresa Briand, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Two Liberty Way, Suite 3
Litchfield, NH 03052
Telephone (603) 424-4045
Fax (603) 424-8154
E-mail townclerk@litchfieldnh.gov
Web Site http://litchfieldnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Building Dept.: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 18
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 20, 44

Incorporated: 1734
Origin: This town is situated on the east bank of the Merrimack River and maintains its agricultural heritage to this day. It was known as Naticook until 1729 when the land was granted to William Brenton, Governor of Rhode Island and son-in-law to that state's Governor Cranston, and renamed Brenton's Farm. In 1734 the town was separated from Dunstable, which had been granted by the Massachusetts government, and named Litchfield in honor of George Henry Lee, Earl of Litchfield. The town was incorporated under the New Hampshire government as Litchfield in 1749. Litchfield was the opposite landing-site of Thornton's Ferry, originating across the Merrimack River in the town of Merrimack.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 357 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Litchfield had the fifth largest percent change in population, growing six times larger. Population change totaled 7,221 over 49 years, from 1,420 in 1970 to 8,641 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was 192 percent between 1970 and 1980, followed by 31 and 36 percent increases the next two decades. The 2019 Census estimate for Litchfield was 8,641 residents, which ranked 36th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 579.2 persons per square mile of land area. Litchfield contains 15.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $7,064,927
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $24,306,213
Zoning Ordinance 1957/09
Master Plan 2017
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery
Public Library Aaron Cutler Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 9 miles 162
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 10 miles 135
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles 268

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck East
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.65
2019 Equalization Ratio 82.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.29
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.8%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,108
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,716
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 97
Five or More Units in Structure 176
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 119
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 8,641 417,025
2010 8,271 400,721
2000 7,423 382,384
1990 5,441 336,549
1980 4,150 276,608
1970 1,420 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   4,607 Female:   3,959
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 359
Age 5 to 19 1,834
Age 20 to 34 1,370
Age 35 to 54 2,618
Age 55 to 64 1,197
Age 65 and over 1,188
Median Age 42.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 41.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,036
Median family income $119,091
Median household income $110,893
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $85,429
Female $58,267
Individuals below the poverty level 0.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 5,244 4,826
Employed 4,942 4,705
Unemployed 302 121
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 188 254
Average Weekly Wage $1,129 $1,177
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 287 331
Average Weekly Wage $556 $737
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 474 585
Average Weekly Wage $783 $928
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 347 360
Average Weekly Wage $730 $820
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 821 945
Average Weekly Wage $760 $887

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Litchfield operates grades K-12 SAU 27
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 459 404 433 219
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 137
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
NE Small Tube Manufacturing 70
LKQ Auto parts

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 3A, 102
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 2; I-93, Exit 4
Distance 7 miles; 9 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 6 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 12 miles
Portland, ME 104 miles
Boston, MA 48 miles
New York City, NY 242 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.2%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 3.4%
Other Means 6.7%
Worked at home 19.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 13.6%
Commuting to another NH community 67.4%
Commuting out-of-state 19.0%
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
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
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): McIntyre

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 9/25/20

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