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Community Contact Town of Litchfield
Theresa Briand, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Two Liberty Way, Suite 3
  Litchfield, NH 03052
Telephone (603) 424-4045
Fax (603) 424-8154
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen, Town Administrator, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Building Dept.: Monday to Friday, 8-4
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division, NH portion
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley Region
Planning Commission Nashua Regional Planning
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 18
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 14, 38
Incorporated: 1734
Origin: This town is situated on the east bank of the Merrimack River and maintains its agricultural heritage to this day. It was known as Naticook until 1729 when the land was granted to William Brenton, Governor of Rhode Island and son-in-law to that state's Governor Cranston, and renamed Brenton's Farm. In 1734 the town was separated from Dunstable, which had been granted by the Massachusetts government, and named Litchfield in honor of George Henry Lee, Earl of Litchfield. The town was incorporated under the New Hampshire government as Litchfield in 1749. Litchfield was the opposite landing-site of Thornton's Ferry, originating across the Merrimack River in the town of Merrimack.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 357 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Litchfield totaled 7,077 over 50 years, from 1,420 in 1970 to 8,497 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 192 percent increase from 1970 to 1980, nearly tripling the population. The town's population increased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Litchfield was 8,515 residents, which ranked 37th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 570.7 persons per square mile of land area. Litchfield contains 15 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2021 $7,535,433
Budget:School Appropriations,2021-2022 $24,557,234
Zoning Ordinance 1957/09
Master Plan 2017
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Town Clerk/Tax Collector
    Appointed: Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Library; Cemetery; Road Agent; Fire Chief
Public Library Aaron Cutler Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service On-call
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 9 miles   163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 10 miles   159
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 10 miles   292

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Pennichuck East
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program Yes
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Limited
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $19.03
2022 Equalization Ratio 73.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.79
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 90.1%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 5.3%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 4.6%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 3,016
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 2,730
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 73
    Five or More Units in Structure 125
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 88

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 8,515   427,493
   2020 8,497   422,937
   2010 8,278   400,721
   2000 7,387   380,841
   1990 5,441   335,838
   1980 4,150   276,608

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   4,250 Female   4,234
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 416
      Age 5 to 19 1,785
      Age 20 to 34 1,384
      Age 35 to 54 2,423
      Age 55 to 64 1,203
      Age 65 and over 1,273
            Median Age 41.8 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 5,977
      High school graduation or higher 94.3%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 44.6%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $55,305
Median Family Income $146,394
Median Household Income $134,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $106,652
      Female $60,391
Individuals below poverty level 1.4%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 4,541   4,769
    Employed 4,273   4,653
    Unemploymed 268   116
    Unemployment rate 5.9%   2.4%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  199  236
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,141  $1,551
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  354  404
    Average Weekly Wage  $723  $1,302
Total Private  
    Average Employment  553  639
    Average Weekly Wage  $873  $1,394
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  335  335
    Average Weekly Wage  $764  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  887  974
    Average Weekly Wage  $833  $1,236
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Litchfield operates grades K-12 District: SAU 27
Career Technology Center: Milford HS & Applied Technology Center; Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Center (Hudson) Nashua Technology Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 437 355 412 259
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest College or Universities: Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm; UNH Manchester; MCPHS; Southern NH University

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     3   Capacity:     152

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
NE Small Tube Manufacturing 70
Keystone Automotive Industries Auto parts 40 2018
Optimum Building Systems Drywall
Mel's Funway Park Amusement
Proscapes LLC Landscaping
Chik Farm Woodworking
iRoof LLC Roofing
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 3A, 102
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-293, Exit 2; I-93, Exit 4
Distance: 7 miles; 9 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Manchester-Boston Regional Runway  9,250 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   6 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 12 miles
    Portland, Maine 104 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 48 miles
    New York City, New York 242 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 269 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 75.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 3.5%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 1.8%
  Traveled by other means: 0.8%
  Worked at home: 19.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 32.2 minutes
Work in community of residence: 69.4%
Commute to other NH community: 11.2%
Commute out-of-state: 19.4%
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
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
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: McIntyre