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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) 249-0603
Fax (603) 673-2273
E-mail administration@milford.nh.gov
Web Site www.milford.nh.gov/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, 8 am - 6:30 pm; Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

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 23, 40

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 9,789 over 49 years, from 6,622 in 1970 to 16,411 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase between 1980 to 1990; population increased 31 percent the previous decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Milford was 16,411 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 645.6 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, 2020 $22,458,845
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $42,134,551
Zoning Ordinance 1969/10
Master Plan 2010
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 162
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 12 miles 135

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 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) $25.97
2019 Equalization Ratio 90.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.19
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,661
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,863
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,022
Five or More Units in Structure 1,442
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 334
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 16,411 417,025
2010 15,115 400,721
2000 13,606 382,384
1990 11,828 336,549
1980 8,685 276,608
1970 6,622 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   7,435 Female:   8,297
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 836
Age 5 to 19 3,087
Age 20 to 34 2,236
Age 35 to 54 4,918
Age 55 to 64 2,181
Age 65 and over 2,474
Median Age 41.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,220
Median family income $101,047
Median household income $79,647
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $65,364
Female $50,199
Individuals below the poverty level 4.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 9,109 9,623
Employed 8,567 9,397
Unemployed 542 226
Unemployment Rate 6.0% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,912 2,474
Average Weekly Wage $936 $1,244
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,588 3,714
Average Weekly Wage $564 $754
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 5,501 6,188
Average Weekly Wage $694 $950
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 791 686
Average Weekly Wage $792 $937
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 6,291 6,874
Average Weekly Wage $706 $949

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 Region: 16
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 940 563 809
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 354
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Daniel Webster; Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hitchiner Manufacturing Ferrous, non-ferrous castings 512 1946
Hendrix Wire & Cable High voltage power cables 120 1957
Coorstek Industrial ceramics 103 1978
Airmar Technology Corporation Ultrasonic transducers 168 1981
Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness Health & Fitness Club 210 1973
Milford School District Education 431 1794
Alene Candles Candles 130 1995
Health Care - Genesis Elder care services 65
Hampshire Paper Corporation Paper 55 1978
Cirtronics Electromechanical Assemblies 170 1979

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.9%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 4.0%
Other Means 5.9%
Worked at home 12.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 27.2%
Commuting to another NH community 60.7%
Commuting out-of-state 12.1%
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
X 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
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
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, 2021. Community Response Received 6/19/19

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