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Richmond, NH

richmond New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Richmond Board of Selectmen
Heidi Wood, Town Administrator
105 Old Homestead Highway
Richmond, NH 03470
Telephone (603) 239-4232
Fax (603) 239-9994
E-mail hwood@richmond.nh.gov
Web Site www.richmond.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 9 am - 12 noon, 5 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, 6 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 5 pm, Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 6 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 9
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 12, 15

Incorporated: 1752
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1735 to a company of soldiers returning from the war in Canada led by Captain Joseph Sylvester, and named Sylvester-Canada in his honor. When New Hampshire because a separate province, Governor Benning Wentworth reincorporated those towns with Canada in the name. Sylvester-Canada was granted to new settlers and incorporated in 1752 as Richmond, in honor of the governor's English friend, Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond, a staunch advocate of colonial independence. The settlers were unable to meet the terms of charter due to the Indian War, and the charter was renewed in 1760.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,380 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Richmond totaled 761 over 55 years, from 295 in 1960 to 1,056 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was an 80 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 69 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2015 Census estimate for Richmond was 1,056 residents, which ranked 181st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 28.1 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Bethlehem. Richmond contains 37.5 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2017 $1,188,949
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $2,446,356
Zoning Ordinance 1972/11
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Moderator; Checklist; Town Clerk
Appointed:Conservation; Library; Zoning; Rarks & Rec; Heritage; Municipal Bldg.; Road Agent
Public Library Richmond Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 108

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.19
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.8
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.16
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings0.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.5%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 482
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 455
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 25
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 1,056 76,430
2010 1,155 77,117
2000 1,084 73,993
1990 874 70,223
1980 518 62,116
1970 287 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   537 Female:   519
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 20
Age 5 to 19 213
Age 20 to 34 173
Age 35 to 54 256
Age 55 to 64 256
Age 65 and over 138
Median Age 49.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.9%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $25,985
Median family income $69,063
Median household income $61,477
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $50,385
Female $46,513
Individuals below the poverty level 9.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 663 605
Employed 639 589
Unemployed 24 16
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 12 7
Average Weekly Wage $494 $627
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 54 35
Average Weekly Wage $337 $446
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 66 42
Average Weekly Wage $366 $475
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 11 18
Average Weekly Wage $276 $198
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 77 60
Average Weekly Wage $353 $390

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 Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Swanzey, Troy) SAU 93
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Career Center (Keene); Fall Mountain RHS - CTE Region: 13
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 1-12
Total Enrollment 21
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Richmond Municipal services 21 1752

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 32, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91, Exit 28 (MA) or Exit 2 (VT)
Distance 19 miles; 21 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, SwanzeyRunway6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 62 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 63 miles
Portland, ME 164 miles
Boston, MA 93 miles
New York City, NY 209 miles
Montreal, Quebec 254 miles

(ACS 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 91.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 1.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 6.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 12.3%
Commuting to another NH community 68.8%
Commuting out-of-state 18.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Maple Valley
Other: Antiques; Crafts; Farmers Market

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2017. Community Response Received 05/19/16

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