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Community Contact Town of Bennington
Debra Davidson, Town Administrator
7 School Street, Unit 101
  Bennington, NH 03442
Telephone (603) 588-2189
Fax (603) 588-8005
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator, Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 9-4; Town Clerk: Thursday, 4:30-8:30, Friday, 9-12, Saturday, 8:30-12:30
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Southwest Region Planning
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 8
State Representative Hillsborough County District 30
Incorporated: 1842
Origin: Formed from portions of Hancock, Greenfield, Deering, and Francestown, in 1842 this community was named in commemoration of the Battle of Bennington (Vermont), one of the most decisive battles of the Revolution, fought August 14-16, 1777. Bennington was originally a part of Hancock called Factory Village, as there was substantial industry powered by the Great Falls on the Contoocook River. According to the Town of Bennington history, the first papermaking machinery was installed in 1835 near the current Monadnock Paper Mills location.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 541 residents in 1850
Population Trends: Population change for Bennington totaled 862 over 50 years, from 639 in 1970 to 1,501 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 39 percent increase from 1970 to 1980, followed by a 38 percent increase over the next decade. The town's population increased by two percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Bennington was 1,506 residents, which ranked 165th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 132.7 persons per square mile of land area. Bennington contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022 $2,017,053
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $56,106,282
Zoning Ordinance 1987/17
Master Plan 2017
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water & Sewer; Checklist; Zoning
    Appointed: Conservation; Budget; Recreation; Hazard Mitigation Planning; Capital Reserve; Solid Waste
Public Library G E P Dodge

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & On-Call
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 9 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Bennington Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $31.65
2022 Equalization Ratio 69
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $21.69
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 84.1%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 12.5%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 3.4%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 736
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 509
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 105
    Five or More Units in Structure 68
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 54

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 1,506   427,493
   2020 1,501   422,937
   2010 1,500   400,721
   2000 1,388   380,841
   1990 1,230   335,838
   1980 890   276,608

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   834 Female   664
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 122
      Age 5 to 19 215
      Age 20 to 34 383
      Age 35 to 54 292
      Age 55 to 64 276
      Age 65 and over 210
            Median Age 37.6 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,124
      High school graduation or higher 91.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 30.6%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $40,689
Median Family Income $80,125
Median Household Income $73,102
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $67,663
      Female $41,406
Individuals below poverty level 4.9%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 800   792
    Employed 756   774
    Unemploymed 44   18
    Unemployment rate 5.5%   2.3%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  186
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,923
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  191
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $434
Total Private  
    Average Employment  358  377
    Average Weekly Wage  $973  $1,170
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  21  31
    Average Weekly Wage  $496  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  379  408
    Average Weekly Wage  $948  $1,110
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) District: SAU 1
Career Technology Center: Region 14 Applied Technology Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-4      
Total Enrollment 65      
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest College or Universities: New England; Franklin Pierce

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     0   Capacity:     0

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Printing specialty papers 235 1819
Pierce Elementary School Education
Rymes Propane & Oil Heating & air conditioning/HVAC
Alberto's Restaurant Restaurant 26 1945
Town of Bennington Municipal services 50 1842
Crotched Mt. Ski & Ride Area Ski - seasonal 250+/- 2003
Dollar General Convenience store 2018
DH Hardwick & Son's, Inc. Logging, gravel, and aggregate sales 24 1978
Francestown Sand & Gravel, Inc. Excavating contractor, gravel sales 10 1972
Bridge Street Recovery Drug/Alcohol Recovery Center 20+ 2021
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 202
State Routes: 31, 47
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-89, Exit 5
Distance: 23 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Hawthorne-Feather, Antrim Runway  3,260 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   32 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 30 miles
    Portland, Maine 127 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 80 miles
    New York City, New York 245 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 248 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 78.9%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 3.5%
  Used Public Transportation: 1.0%
  Walked: 0.8%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 15.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 34.0 minutes
Work in community of residence: 70.6%
Commute to other NH community: 28.1%
Commute out-of-state: 1.3%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Crotched Mountain
Other: Rhubarb Festival; Hiking