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Swanzey, NH


swanzey New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Swanzey
Michael Branley, Town Administrator
Town Hall, PO Box 10009
Swanzey, NH 03446-0009
Telephone (603) 352-7411
Fax (603) 352-6250
E-mail mbranley@town.swanzey.nh.us
Web Site www.town.swanzey.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

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 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 12, 15

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: This town was one of the fort towns established by Governor Belcher of Massachusetts, and was first granted in 1734 as Lower Ashuelot to Captain Nathaniel Hammond and Ephraim Jones. In 1753, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for a grant under authority of the New Hampshire government, since they had settled and been making improvements for over 18 years. The town was chartered that year as Swanzey, the name being suggested by Governor Brenton of Rhode Island, who owned land at Brenton's Farm (Litchfield), and Swansea, Massachusetts. There are four covered bridges located in Swanzey: Carleton, Thompson, Slate, and Cresson.
Villages and Place Names: East Swanzey, West Swanzey, Westport, North Swanzey, Swanzey Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,157 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Swanzey totaled 3,490 over 56 years, from 3,626 in 1960 to 7,116 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 22 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a six percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2016 Census estimate for Swanzey was 7,116 residents, which ranked 45th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 158.3 persons per square mile of land area. Swanzey contains 45.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,513,578
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $15,706,355
Zoning Ordinance 1947/13
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Sewer; Library
Appointed:Conservation; Swanzey Revenue; Economic Dev; Open Space; Old Home Day; Recreation; Capital Improvement
Public Library Mt. Caesar Union; Stratton Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service On-Call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 6 miles 108

Utilities
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier North Swanzey Fire Precinct; West Swanzey Water Co.
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.87
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.0
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.50
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings81.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,142
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,302
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 267
Five or More Units in Structure 323
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 250
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 7,116 75,774
2010 7,230 77,117
2000 6,814 73,993
1990 5,864 70,223
1980 5,183 62,116
1970 4,254 52,364
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   3,592 Female:   3,590
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 397
Age 5 to 19 1,012
Age 20 to 34 1,339
Age 35 to 54 2,180
Age 55 to 64 1,093
Age 65 and over 1,161
Median Age 44.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,033
Median family income $60,509
Median household income $56,206
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $40,917
Female $42,579
Individuals below the poverty level 13.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 4,096 4,113
Employed 3,977 4,012
Unemployed 119 101
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $325 $351
Average Weekly Wage $732 $1,090
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $993 $1,180
Average Weekly Wage $582 $637
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,318 $1,531
Average Weekly Wage $619 $740
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $706 $695
Average Weekly Wage $634 $714
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $2,024 $2,226
Average Weekly Wage $624 $732

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 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 542 244 477
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 297
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Monadnock Regional School District Education 410 FT/336 PT 1962
Fenton Family Dealerships Automobile dealership 130 FT/34 PT 1985
Market Basket Supermarket 55 FT/300 PT 2010
Nanotech Ultra-precision machining systems 55 1997
Town of Swanzey Municipal services 35 FT/136 PT 1753
Powers Generator Service, LLC Generator sales, service, installation 22 1995
First Student Bus transportation 7 FT/75 PT 2000
Keene Gas/Titan Propane Propane sales, service 18 FT/1 PT 1860
Port-O-Lite Millwork 15 1952
Mold Pro Thermoplastic injection molding 40 2003

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 12, 32
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 20 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 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 70 miles
Portland, ME 162 miles
Boston, MA 98 miles
New York City, NY 210 miles
Montreal, Quebec 247 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 1.9%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 15.8%
Commuting to another NH community 78.9%
Commuting out-of-state 5.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Granite Gorge
   
Other: Cheshire Fair; Covered Bridges; Old Home Day; Hiking trails; Summer Theatre; Band Concert Series

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 07/21/16

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