Richmond, NH

Community Contact Richmond Board of Selectmen
Bev Hart, Secretary
105 Old Homestead Highway
Richmond, NH 03470
Telephone (603) 239-4232
Fax (603) 239-9994
E-mail bhart@richmond.nh.gov
Web Site www.richmond.nh.gov
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, 6 pm - 9 pm; Secretary: Wednesday, 8 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 5 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, and 6 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 12 noon, 1 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon; Tax Collector: Monday, 7 pm - 8 pm, and Wednesday, 2 pm - 4 pm
County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-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 District 5
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 825 over 50 years, from 259 in 1950 to 1,084 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an 80 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 69 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2008 Census estimate for Richmond was 1,161 residents, which ranked 172nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 30.9 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, 2004 $672,230
Budget: School Appropriations, 2004 $1,438,872
Zoning Ordinance 1972/06
Master Plan 2004
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Richmond Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 14 miles 146

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $23.97
2008 Equalization Ratio 89.1
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $21.87

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
94.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
0.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
5.3%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 482
2008 Single-Family Units 443
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
5
2008 Multi-Family Units 13
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 26
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,161 77,170
2000 1,084 73,993
1990 874 70,223
1980 518 62,116
1970 287 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
553
Female
524

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
65
Age 5 to 19
271
Age 20 to 34
152
Age 35 to 54
359
Age 55 to 64
109
Age 65 and over
121
Median Age
37.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
29.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $21,174
Median 4-person family income $54,625
Median household income $49,141

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$37,083
Female
$27,500

Families below the poverty level 4.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
579 641
Employed
569 617
Unemployed
10 24
Unemployment Rate
1.7% 3.7%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
n 13
Average Weekly Wage
n $443
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
n 52
Average Weekly Wage
n $309
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
35 65
Average Weekly Wage
$294 $335
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
18 19
Average Weekly Wage
$87 $164
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
53 84
Average Weekly Wage
$224 $296
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Monadnock Regional (Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Richmond, Roxbury, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy) District:SAU 38
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region:13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
1-12
Total Enrollment
24
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Four Corner Store Groceries, gas 10

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
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, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 62 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
60 miles
Portland, ME
156 miles
Boston, MA
81 miles
New York City, NY
206 miles
Montreal, Quebec
265 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
15.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
0.4%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 37.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
10%
Commuting to another NH community
74%
Commuting out-of-state
15%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X 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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists 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
Boating/Marinas
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

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

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