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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 11,144 over 58 years, from 4,863 in 1960 to 16,007 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase occurring between 1960 to 1970, and between 1980 to 1990; population increased 31 percent between 1970 to 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Milford was 16,007 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 629.7 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, 2019 $23,817,449
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
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Heritage; Budget; Economic Development
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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.39
2018 Equalization Ratio 90.9
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.48
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 6,638
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,979
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 936
Five or More Units in Structure 1,456
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 267
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 16,007 415,247
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) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   7,401 Female:   8,168
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 804
Age 5 to 19 2,999
Age 20 to 34 2,163
Age 35 to 54 4,977
Age 55 to 64 2,134
Age 65 and over 2,492
Median Age 42.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,438
Median family income $94,680
Median household income $77,813
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $62,259
Female $47,339
Individuals below the poverty level 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 9,110 9,216
Employed 8,804 8,989
Unemployed 306 227
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $2,273 $2,349
Average Weekly Wage $979 $1,247
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $3,572 $3,582
Average Weekly Wage $565 $735
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $5,844 $5,931
Average Weekly Wage $726 $938
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $784 $704
Average Weekly Wage $764 $898
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $6,629 $6,635
Average Weekly Wage $730 $934

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 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.4%
Public transportation 0.1%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 7.2%
Worked at home 6.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 26.0%
Commuting to another NH community 61.8%
Commuting out-of-state 12.2%
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
Tourists 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, 2020. Community Response Received 6/19/19

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