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Richmond, NH

richmond New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Richmond
Susan Harrington, Town Administrator
105 Old Homestead Highway
Richmond, NH 03470
Telephone (603) 239-4232
Fax Not Available
E-mail susan.harrington.richmond@gmail.com
Web Site www.richmond.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 9-12 and 3-8, Wednesday, 9-1, Thursday, 9-12; Town Clerk: Monday, 9-12 and 1-4, Wednesday, 9-12 and 1-4, Thursday, 8-12; Tax Collector: Monday, 6-8, Wednesday, 9-12

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 District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 10, 17

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 913 over 50 years, from 287 in 1970 to 1,200 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Richmond was 1,222 residents, which ranked 177th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 32.6 persons per square mile of land area. 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, 2021 $1,066,060
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $2,613,864
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; Parks and Rec; Municipal Bldg.; Road Agent
Public Library Richmond Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Cheshire County Sheriff
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 94

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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.74
2022 Equalization Ratio 95.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.95
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings87.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other8.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 452
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 421
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 19
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 12
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,222 77,350
2020 1,197 76,458
2010 1,155 77,117
2000 1,084 73,993
1990 874 70,223
1980 518 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   612 Female:   544
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 84
Age 5 to 19 169
Age 20 to 34 184
Age 35 to 54 211
Age 55 to 64 231
Age 65 and over 277
Median Age 50.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 838
High school graduate or higher 93.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,272
Median family income $92,708
Median household income $79,327
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $46,900
Female $38,929
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 644 564
Employed 607 549
Unemployed 37 15
Unemployment Rate 5.7% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 5 n
Average Weekly Wage $515 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 45 n
Average Weekly Wage $406 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 50 52
Average Weekly Wage $417 $523
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 24 21
Average Weekly Wage $195 $175
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 74 74
Average Weekly Wage $346 $423

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels 9-12
Total Enrollment 42
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 9
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce; 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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 571
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.2%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 9.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 15.4%
Commuting to another NH community 71.5%
Commuting out-of-state 13.1%
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
Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/21/23

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