Plainfield, NH

Community Contact Plainfield Board of Selectmen
Steve Halleran, Town Administrator
PO Box 380
Meriden, NH 03770
Telephone (603) 469-3201
Fax (603) 469-3642
E-mail plainfield.ta@plainfieldnh.org
Web Site www.plainfieldnh.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 5
State Representative
Sullivan County District 1
Incorporated: 1761
Origin: Settled by a group from Plainfield, Connecticut, Plainfield is one of the towns chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth in 1761 at the beginning of the reign of King George III. A part of Plainfield with a portion of Grantham was separated into Meriden Parish in 1780. Meriden became the site of Kimball Union Academy, established in 1813. Daniel Kimball donated a large collection of books to the town for a library in 1797, along with $6,000 for a school, to which his widow added $40,000. The entire Meriden Parish was annexed to Plainfield in 1856.
Villages and Place Names: East Plainfield, Hell Hollow, Meriden, Mill Village, Coryville, Plainfield Village
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,024 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Plainfield totaled 1,243 over 50 years, from 1,011 in 1950 to 2,254 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 32 percent between 1970 and 1980, following a 24 percent increase over the previous decade. The 2008 Census estimate for Plainfield was 2,444 residents, which ranked 120th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 46.8 persons per square mile of land area. Plainfield contains 52.2 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,644,785
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $4,962,567
Zoning Ordinance 1959/07
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation

Public Library Meriden; Philip Read Memorial

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 13 miles 369
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 10 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Granite State; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Plainfield/Meriden Village District

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $22.00
2008 Equalization Ratio 96.4
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $20.71

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
92.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 988
2008 Single-Family Units 835
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
3
2008 Multi-Family Units 75
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 78
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 2,444 42,591
2000 2,254 40,560
1990 2,059 38,652
1980 1,749 36,063
1970 1,323 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,136
Female
1,105

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
137
Age 5 to 19
471
Age 20 to 34
309
Age 35 to 54
870
Age 55 to 64
226
Age 65 and over
228
Median Age
40 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
38.2%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $26,062
Median 4-person family income $61,205
Median household income $57,083

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$36,968
Female
$29,491

Families below the poverty level 1.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,434 1,638
Employed
1,421 1,609
Unemployed
13 29
Unemployment Rate
0.9% 1.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
70 86
Average Weekly Wage
$392 $450
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
274 308
Average Weekly Wage
$429 $749
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
344 393
Average Weekly Wage
$421 $684
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
29 35
Average Weekly Wage
$316 $479
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
373 428
Average Weekly Wage
$413 $667
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Plainfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Lebanon District:SAU 32
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region:07
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
258 344
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:3 Total Capacity:27
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Dartmouth; Lebanon; Colby-Sawyer

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Kimball Union Academy Private school
North Country Door Cabinet, door manufacturing
Town Line Equipment Heavy equipment dealer
McNamara Dairy Glass bottle milk
Taylor Farm Maple products
Garfield's Smokehouse Smoked products
Edgewater Farms Farmstand, greenhouses, and PYO strawberries
Riverview Farm PYO apples & berries

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 15
Distance 7 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway
5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 10 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
68 miles
Portland, ME
153 miles
Boston, MA
118 miles
New York City, NY
262 miles
Montreal, Quebec
192 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.8%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
3.0%
Other Means
1.2%
Worked at home
6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
68%
Commuting out-of-state
12%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Mount Sunapee, Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other:Meriden Covered Bridge; Annual 4th of July Parade; Maxfield Parrish Stage Set

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/18/09

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