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Community Contact Town of Francestown
Jamie Pike, Town Administrator
27 Main Street, PO Box 5
  Francestown, NH 03043
Telephone (603) 547-3469
Fax (603) 547-2622
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday to Thursday, 8-12; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8-12, Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 by appointment
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Peterborough, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Southern NH Planning Commission
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 27
Incorporated: 1772
Origin: Incorporated in 1772, Francestown was named for Frances Deering Wentworth, wife of Governor John Wentworth. She was the source of some scandal, marrying John just ten days after the death of her first husband, Theodore Atkinson. Three years after Francestown was incorporated, the Wentworths fled to exile. Situated on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the only through route between Boston and Vermont, the town collected a toll of one cent per mile from travelling coaches and wagons. Francestown was also the site of a high-quality soapstone quarry, which was mined until the 1890s.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 982 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Francestown totaled 1,087 over 50 years, from 525 in 1970 to 1,612 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase from 1970 to 1980; followed by a 47 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The town's population increased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Francestown was 1,640 residents, which ranked 160th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 54.9 persons per square mile of land area. Francestown contains 29.9 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $3,327,726
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $57,106,282
Zoning Ordinance 1937/22
Master Plan 2018
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Trust Funds; Cemetery; Library
    Appointed: Zoning; Conservation; Budget Advisory; Recreation; Waste Disposal; Patriotic; Heritage
Public Library George Holmes Bixby Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 10 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells & Francestown Village Water Co.
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Comcast; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $25.84
2022 Equalization Ratio 61.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.93
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 92.1%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 6%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 684
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 624
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 37
    Five or More Units in Structure 9
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 14

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 1,640   427,493
   2020 1,612   422,937
   2010 1,547   400,721
   2000 1,497   380,841
   1990 1,220   335,838
   1980 830   276,608

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   710 Female   751
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 91
      Age 5 to 19 298
      Age 20 to 34 153
      Age 35 to 54 291
      Age 55 to 64 304
      Age 65 and over 324
            Median Age 50.3 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,029
      High school graduation or higher 97.8%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 50.0%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $49,205
Median Family Income $106,389
Median Household Income $105,347
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $74,688
      Female $58,750
Individuals below poverty level 7.7%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 995   970
    Employed 951   955
    Unemploymed 44   15
    Unemployment rate 4.4%   1.5%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  25  24
    Average Weekly Wage  $946  $1,301
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  79  81
    Average Weekly Wage  $616  $1,070
Total Private  
    Average Employment  103  105
    Average Weekly Wage  $695  $1,122
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  24  29
    Average Weekly Wage  $513  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  128  134
    Average Weekly Wage  $658  $1,012
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 42      
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest College or Universities: New England; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; Southern NH University

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

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Crotched Mountain Resort & Spa Golf course, restaurant, & time share resort 45 1991
Town of Francestown Municipal services 40 1772
Francestown Elementary School Education 12
Francestown Sand & Gravel Excavation work 20
Country Brokers Real Estate Real estate services 3
Miller's Construction Construction services 2
Francestown Village Store Convenience store 8 2020
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 47, 136
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-293, Exit 4
Distance: 22 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   26 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 23 miles
    Portland, Maine 119 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 73 miles
    New York City, New York 239 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 254 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 73.1%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 2.6%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.6%
  Worked at home: 23.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 36.4 minutes
Work in community of residence: 79.3%
Commute to other NH community: 19.0%
Commute out-of-state: 1.7%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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 Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Crotched Mountain, Bennington
Other: FIHS Labor Day