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Community Contact Town of Milford
Board of Selectmen
1 Union Square
  Milford, NH 03055
Telephone (603) 249-0601
Fax (603) 673-2273
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8-4:30, Tuesday, 8-6:30; Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-4
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division, NH portion
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Nashua Regional Planning
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 37, 43
Incorporated: 1794
Origin: This town was incorporated in 1794 from portions of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, a strip of land that fell between the Dunstable grant and the Raby (Brookline) grant. A section of Milford was known as the Duxbury School Farm, a thousand acres of land intended to support Duxbury, Massachusetts schools. The town was probably named for its location near a shallow water crossing on the Souhegan River by an early mill site known as the Mill Ford. Milford bears the nickname of the Granite Town in the Granite State, because of its extensive high-quality granite quarries. At one time, Milford was a prime stop on the Underground Railroad.
Villages and Place Names: East Milford, South Milford, Richardson
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 939 residents in 1800
Population Trends: Population change for Milford totaled 9,521 over 50 years, from 6,622 in 1970 to 16,143 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 36 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The town's population increased by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Milford was 16,376 residents, which ranked 17th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 644.2 persons per square mile of land area. Milford contains 25.4 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022 $23,684,423
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $45,149,167
Zoning Ordinance 1969/10
Master Plan 2016
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Library; Checklist; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Water; Wastewater; Town Clerk
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; Heritage; Budget; Economic Development; CIP
Public Library Wadleigh Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 12 miles   163
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 12 miles   159

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Milford Water Utilities
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $20.79
2022 Equalization Ratio 75.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.67
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 80.8%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 17.1%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 6,644
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 3,636
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 1,406
    Five or More Units in Structure 1,272
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 330

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 16,376   427,493
   2020 16,143   422,937
   2010 15,118   400,721
   2000 13,607   380,841
   1990 11,828   335,838
   1980 8,685   276,608

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   8,093 Female   8,058
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 1,035
      Age 5 to 19 3,055
      Age 20 to 34 3,249
      Age 35 to 54 4,521
      Age 55 to 64 1,941
      Age 65 and over 2,350
            Median Age 37.8 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 11,330
      High school graduation or higher 95.6%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 33.2%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $44,519
Median Family Income $117,298
Median Household Income $84,912
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $76,383
      Female $55,486
Individuals below poverty level 4.8%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 8,803   9,746
    Employed 8,363   9,544
    Unemploymed 440   202
    Unemployment rate 5.0%   2.1%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  1,925  2,407
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,025  $1,423
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  3,530  3,499
    Average Weekly Wage  $615  $924
Total Private  
    Average Employment  5,455  5,906
    Average Weekly Wage  $760  $1,127
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  769  632
    Average Weekly Wage  $765  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  6,224  6,536
    Average Weekly Wage  $761  $1,120
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Milford operates grades K-12 District: SAU 40
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 3 1 1  
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12  
Total Enrollment 909 464 750  
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest College or Universities: Rivier; Thomas More; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; MCPHS; Franklin Pierce-Manchester

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     7   Capacity:     296

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Hitchiner Manufacturing Ferrous, non-ferrous castings 587 1946
Milford School District Education 421 1794
Alene Candles Candles 200 1995
Hampshire Hills Sports/Fitness Health & fitness club 250 1973
Cirtronics Electromechanical assemblies 203 1979
Airmar Technology Ultrasonic transducers 250 1981
Hendrix Wire & Cable High-voltage power cables 108 1957
Coorstek Industrial ceramics 82 1978
Gardoc (Spear Systems) Laminated paper products 148
Datron Dynamics Milling Machinery 26 1978
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 13, 101
Nearest Interstate/Exit: Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 3
Distance: 9 miles; 14 miles
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Boire Field, Nashua Runway  6,000 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   18 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 18 miles
    Portland, Maine 112 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 55 miles
    New York City, New York 225 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 263 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 78.8%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 5.4%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.2%
  Walked: 2.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.5%
  Worked at home: 13.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 28.6 minutes
Work in community of residence: 83.3%
Commute to other NH community: 6.6%
Commute out-of-state: 10.0%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X 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 Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: McIntyre, Pat's Peak, Crotched Mtn.
Other: Hiking; Canoeing; Kayaking; Historic Sites; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Pumpkin Festival; Art Shows; Concerts