Swanzey, NH

Community Contact Town of Swanzey
Elizabeth Fox, Town Administrator
Town Hall, PO Box 10009
Swanzey, NH 03446-0009
Telephone (603) 352-7411
Fax (603) 352-6250
E-mail efox@town.swanzey.nh.us
Web Site www.town.swanzey.nh.us
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 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 6
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 4,008 over 50 years, from 2,806 in 1950 to 6,814 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 29 percent between 1950 and 1960; the smallest, a 13 percent increase between 1980 and 1990. The 2008 Census estimate for Swanzey was 7,286 residents, which ranked 44th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 162.2 persons per square mile of land area. Swanzey contains 44.9 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $5,926,903
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $20,337,522
Zoning Ordinance 1947/09
Master Plan 2006
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Zoning
Appointed:
Conservation; Swanzey Revenue; Economic Dev; Open Space

Public Library Mt. Caesar Union; Stratton Free

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 6 miles 146

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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 Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $27.84
2008 Equalization Ratio 82.3
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $22.68

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
84.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
14.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 3,140
2008 Single-Family Units 2,141
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
5
2008 Multi-Family Units 732
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 267
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 7,286 77,170
2000 6,814 73,993
1990 5,864 70,223
1980 5,183 62,116
1970 4,254 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
3,354
Female
3,446

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
401
Age 5 to 19
1,467
Age 20 to 34
1,132
Age 35 to 54
2,283
Age 55 to 64
636
Age 65 and over
881
Median Age
38.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
83.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
20.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $20,150
Median 4-person family income $51,500
Median household income $44,819

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$32,421
Female
$25,607

Families below the poverty level 3.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
3,643 3,974
Employed
3,551 3,837
Unemployed
92 137
Unemployment Rate
2.5% 3.4%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
346 356
Average Weekly Wage
$468 $744
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
702 998
Average Weekly Wage
$435 $578
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
1,048 1,355
Average Weekly Wage
$446 $622
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
579 753
Average Weekly Wage
$528 $637
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
1,627 2,107
Average Weekly Wage
$475 $627
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
2 1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
584 308 688
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:5 Total Capacity:121
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
William F Fenton Inc Automobile dealership 115 FT/21 PT 1985
Monadnock Regional School District Education 250 FT/16 PT 1962
Laidlaw Transit Bus transportation 7 FT/80 PT 2000
State of New Hampshire Transportation and liquor store 23 FT/6 PT
Port-o-Lite Millwork 16 1952
Town of Swanzey Municipal services 37 FT/115 PT 1753
Tree Free Greetings Graphic Arts, greeting cards 16

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
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, Keene
Runway
6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 60 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
58 miles
Portland, ME
155 miles
Boston, MA
83 miles
New York City, NY
224 miles
Montreal, Quebec
247 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.0%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
3.0%
Other Means
0.2%
Worked at home
3.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
19%
Commuting to another NH community
74%
Commuting out-of-state
7%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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):Mount Ascutney (VT)
Other:Cheshire Fair; Covered Bridges

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/21/09

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