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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 District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District 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 1,357 over 49 years, from 2,869 in 1970 to 4,226 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 21 percent between 1970 and 1980, which followed a 17 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2019 Census estimate for Winchester was 4,226 residents, which ranked 90th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 76.9 persons per square mile of land area. Winchester contains 55.0 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $4,759,967
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $13,523,587
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 98

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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $35.64
2019 Equalization Ratio 94.6
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.22
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings17.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,895
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,179
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 200
Five or More Units in Structure 226
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 290
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 4,226 76,085
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   1,916 Female:   2,324
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 442
Age 5 to 19 628
Age 20 to 34 873
Age 35 to 54 830
Age 55 to 64 677
Age 65 and over 790
Median Age 40.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 85.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 11.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $24,003
Median family income $64,201
Median household income $50,087
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $38,283
Female $30,926
Individuals below the poverty level 19.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,289 2,013
Employed 2,123 1,954
Unemployed 166 59
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 337 280
Average Weekly Wage $638 $827
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 377 450
Average Weekly Wage $447 $599
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 715 730
Average Weekly Wage $537 $686
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 55 48
Average Weekly Wage $656 $746
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 770 777
Average Weekly Wage $546 $690

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 419
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 86
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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 9.3%
Worked at home 22.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 24.9%
Commuting to another NH community 52.5%
Commuting out-of-state 22.6%
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 Tourist 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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/5/20

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