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Milford, NH

milford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Milford
Board of Selectmen
1 Union Square
Milford, NH 03055
Telephone (603) 249-0601
Fax (603) 673-2273
E-mail administration@milford.nh.gov
Web Site www.milford.nh.gov/

Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8-4:30, Tuesday, 8-6:30; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 37, 43

Incorporated: 1794
Origin: This town was incorporated in 1794 from portions of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, a strip of land that fell between the Dunstable grant and the Raby (Brookline) grant. A section of Milford was known as the Duxbury School Farm, a thousand acres of land intended to support Duxbury, Massachusetts schools. The town was probably named for its location near a shallow water crossing on the Souhegan River by an early mill site known as the Mill Ford. Milford bears the nickname of the Granite Town in the Granite State, because of its extensive high-quality granite quarries. At one time, Milford was a prime stop on the Underground Railroad.
Villages and Place Names: East Milford, South Milford, Richardson
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 939 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Milford totaled 9,521 over 50 years, from 6,622 in 1970 to 16,143 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Milford was 16,376 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 644.2 persons per square mile of land area. Milford contains 25.4 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $23,684,423
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $45,149,167
Zoning Ordinance 1969/10
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water; Wastewater; Town Clerk
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Heritage; Budget; Economic Development; CIP
Public Library Wadleigh Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 12 miles 163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 12 miles 159

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Milford Water Utilities
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.79
2022 Equalization Ratio 75.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.67
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings17.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,684
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,652
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,413
Five or More Units in Structure 1,276
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 343
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 16,376 426,594
2020 16,131 422,937
2010 15,115 400,721
2000 13,606 382,384
1990 11,828 336,549
1980 8,685 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   7,832 Female:   8,209
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,106
Age 5 to 19 2,982
Age 20 to 34 2,727
Age 35 to 54 4,720
Age 55 to 64 2,069
Age 65 and over 2,437
Median Age 40.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 11,283
High school graduate or higher 94.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,859
Median family income $110,290
Median household income $82,990
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $71,350
Female $50,684
Individuals below the poverty level 5.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 8,803 9,834
Employed 8,363 9,609
Unemployed 440 225
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,925 2,407
Average Weekly Wage $1,025 $1,423
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,530 3,499
Average Weekly Wage $615 $924
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 5,455 5,906
Average Weekly Wage $760 $1,127
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 769 631
Average Weekly Wage $766 $1,055
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,224 6,536
Average Weekly Wage $761 $1,120

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Milford operates grades K-12 SAU 40
Career Technology Center(s): Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson); Nashua Technology Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 909 464 750
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 296
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; MCPHS; Franklin Pierce-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hitchiner Manufacturing Ferrous, non-ferrous castings 587 1946
Milford School District Education 421 1794
Alene Candles Candles 200 1995
Hampshire Hills Sports/Fitness Health & fitness club 250 1973
Cirtronics Electromechanical assemblies 203 1979
Airmar Technology Ultrasonic transducers 250 1981
Hendrix Wire & Cable High-voltage power cables 108 1957
Coorstek Industrial ceramics 82 1978
Gardoc (Spear Systems) Laminated paper products 148
Datron Dynamics Milling Machinery 26 1978

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 13, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 3
Distance 9 miles; 14 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 18 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 18 miles
Portland, ME 112 miles
Boston, MA 55 miles
New York City, NY 225 miles
Montreal, Quebec 263 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 8,560
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.1%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 9.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 34.8%
Commuting to another NH community 52.5%
Commuting out-of-state 12.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X 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 Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Pat's Peak, Crotched Mtn.
Other: Hiking; Canoeing; Kayaking; Historic Sites; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Pumpkin Festival; Art Shows; Concerts

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/11/23

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