Chesterfield, NH

Community Contact Town of Chesterfield
Rick Carrier, Town Administrator
PO Box 175
Chesterfield, NH 03443
 
Telephone (603) 363-4624
Fax (603) 363-8047
E-mail admin@nhchesterfield.com
Web Site www.nhchesterfield.com
 
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Hall, Assessors: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm and 5 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm, and last Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm; Tax Collector: Monday and Thursday, 4 pm - 7 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 2
State Senate
District 10
State Representative
Cheshire County District 4
Incorporated: 1752
 
Origin: Established in 1735 while New Hampshire was still under governance of Massachusetts, this town was the site of Fort Number 1 in the line of protective trading forts bordering the Connecticut River. After New Hampshire became an independent province under Governor Benning Wentworth, the town was incorporated in 1752 as Chesterfield, after Philip Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl served as Secretary of State and joined William Pitt in opposing what they considered England's unfair treatment of the American Colonies. Chesterfield was the birthplace of Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1946.
 
Villages and Place Names: Spofford, West Chesterfield
 
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,905 residents in 1790
 
Population Trends: Population change for Chesterfield totaled 2,584 over 50 years, from 970 in 1950 to 3,554 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 45 percent between 1950 and 1960; the next largest was 41 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2008 Census estimate for Chesterfield was 3,901 residents, which ranked 98th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
 
Population Density, 2008: 85.6 persons per square mile of land area. Chesterfield contains 45.6 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.
 
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $3,529,743
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1956/09
Master Plan 2008
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Budget; School; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation

Public Library Chesterfield Public

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Brattleboro Memorial, Brattleboro VT 9 miles 61
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
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $16.71
2008 Equalization Ratio 99.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.44

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
91.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
8.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.6%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2008 Total Housing Units 1,810
   
2008 Single-Family Units 1,606
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
3
2008 Multi-Family Units 165
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 39
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2008 3,901 77,170
2000 3,554 73,993
1990 3,080 70,223
1980 2,561 62,116
1970 1,817 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,804
Female
1,738

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
177
Age 5 to 19
817
Age 20 to 34
468
Age 35 to 54
1,271
Age 55 to 64
422
Age 65 and over
387
Median Age
40.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
92.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
32.8%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,051
Median 4-person family income $58,516
Median household income $51,351

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$44,087
Female
$26,547

Families below the poverty level 4.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
2,215 2,167
Employed
2,160 2,103
Unemployed
55 64
Unemployment Rate
2.5% 3.0%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries    
Average Employment
83 207
Average Weekly Wage
$620 $873
     
Service Providing Industries    
Average Employment
725 841
Average Weekly Wage
$926 $777
     
Total Private Industry    
Average Employment
808 1,049
Average Weekly Wage
$894 $796
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)    
Average Employment
130 154
Average Weekly Wage
$462 $548
     
Total, Private plus Government    
Average Employment
938 1,202
Average Weekly Wage
$834 $764
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Chesterfield operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Keene District: SAU 29
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
K 1-8      
Total Enrollment
373      
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 40
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
United Natural Foods Food warehouse 300+/- 1988
Prospect Park Press, Inc. Commercial printing 16 1972
Ames Performance Classic Pontiac Parts Distributor 23 2008
FED ED Package Delivery 28 2008
Foard Panel Wall panel construction 28+/- 1988
Thomas Companies Construction, drilling, and blasting 65 1971
Westfield Construction Construction 15 1996
Chesterfield Tire Tire sales and service 13 1998
Tire Warehouse Tire sales and service 5-7 1990
Perkins Home Center Home lumber supply 45 1988

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes  
  State Routes 9, 9A, 63
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
         Distance 6 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 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
66 miles
Portland, ME
162 miles
Boston, MA
103 miles
New York City, NY
210 miles
Montreal, Quebec
241 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
84.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.8%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
0.4%
Other Means
0.4%
Worked at home
6.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.3 minutes
   
Percent of Working Residents:  
Working in community of residence
15%
Commuting to another NH community
54%
Commuting out-of-state
31%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
  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
  Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
  Bowling Facilities
  Museums
  Cinemas
  Performing Arts Facilities
  Tourists Attractions
  Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
  Youth Sports: Baseball
  Youth Sports: Soccer
  Youth Sports: Football
  Youth Sports: Basketball
  Youth Sports: Hockey
  Campgrounds
  Fishing/Hunting
  Boating/Marinas
  Snowmobile Trails
  Bicycle Trails
  Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
  Overnight or Day Camps
   
  Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
   
  Other: Chesterfield Gorge; Pisgah State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 08/11/09

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