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Winchester, NH

winchester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Winchester
Karey Miner, Town Administrator
1 Richmond Road
Winchester, NH 03470
Telephone (603) 239-4951
Fax (603) 239-4170
E-mail kminer@winchester.nh.gov
Web Site www.winchester-nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall, Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 7 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 7 am - 5:30 pm, Friday 7 am - 1:30 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 2
State Senate District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 13, 15

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1733 to Colonel Josiah Willard who petitioned the Massachusetts government for a tract on the east side of the Connecticut River. The township was identified as a plantation called Arlington, and was incorporated in 1739 without a name, but at the time, the town was referenced as Winchester. After the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border changed, Josiah Willard petitioned the New Hampshire government in 1750 and 1753 for incorporation. The name Winchester was probably in honor of Charles Paulet, Marquis of Winchester, third Duke of Bolton, and constable of the Tower of London.
Villages and Place Names: Ashuelot, Camp Forest Lake, Curtis Corner, Scotland
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,209 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Winchester totaled 1,771 over 57 years, from 2,411 in 1960 to 4,182 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 21 percent between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 19 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2017 Census estimate for Winchester was 4,182 residents, which ranked 90th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 76.1 persons per square mile of land area. Winchester contains 54.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $4,471,425
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $11,463,561
Zoning Ordinance 1971/13
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning & Zoning Boards
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Conant Public; Thayer Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 15 miles 91

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Winchester Water Department
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 No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.30
2017 Equalization Ratio 99.5
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.52
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings77.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings17.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.4%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,973
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,171
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 205
Five or More Units in Structure 108
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 489
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,182 75,960
2010 4,341 77,117
2000 4,153 73,993
1990 4,048 70,223
1980 3,465 62,116
1970 2,869 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   2,128 Female:   2,117
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 258
Age 5 to 19 886
Age 20 to 34 746
Age 35 to 54 1,041
Age 55 to 64 616
Age 65 and over 698
Median Age 40.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 11.9%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $22,402
Median family income $53,938
Median household income $47,409
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $35,319
Female $35,988
Individuals below the poverty level 11.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,252 2,014
Employed 2,151 1,942
Unemployed 101 72
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $355 $282
Average Weekly Wage $541 $723
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $336 $420
Average Weekly Wage $432 $531
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $691 $701
Average Weekly Wage $488 $608
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $43 $44
Average Weekly Wage $617 $760
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $733 $745
Average Weekly Wage $495 $617

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Winchester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene SAU 94
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 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 431
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 74
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Kulick's Inc. Grocery store, mall 55 1909
Winchester Roll Products, Inc. Pressure vessels 25 1984
Town of Winchester Municipal services 22 1753
Plum Pak Packaging, manufacturing 215-240 2000
RiteAid Drugstore 2000
Harborside Applewood Nursing home 72 1997
Innovative Machine & Supply Machine shop 14 1985
Porter's Diesel Service Truck repair & service 9 1981
Winchester Learning Center Child day care 15 2001
Family Dollar Discount store

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 78, 119
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91, Exit 28 (MA) or Exits 1 - 2 (VT)
Distance 12 miles; 14 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 67 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 78 miles
Portland, ME 169 miles
Boston, MA 98 miles
New York City, NY 199 miles
Montreal, Quebec 255 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 1.4%
Worked at home 8.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 31.8%
Commuting to another NH community 53.7%
Commuting out-of-state 14.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Snow & Okemo Mountains, VT
Other: Covered Bridges; Historical Society; Pisgah State Park; Forest Lake; Pickle Festival; Ashuelot River

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/1/17

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