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Community Contact Chichester Board of Selectmen
Richard Bouchard, Chairman
54 Main Street
  Chichester, NH 03258
Telephone (603) 798-5350
Fax (603) 798-3170
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 7:30-3:30, Tuesday, 7:30-7:00; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8-3:30, Tuesday, 8-7
County Merrimack County
Labor Market Area Concord, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley Region
Planning Commission Central NH Regional Planning
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 17
State Representative Merrimack County District 13
Incorporated: 1727
Origin: Chichester is one of seven towns granted in 1727 when New Hampshire was still a part of Massachusetts. As were several other towns, it was named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holles, Duke of Newcastle, Earl of Chichester, and England’s Secretary of State (1724-1754). Holles was in charge of colonial policy, and was very involved in relations between the American Colonies and England. The charter for Chichester was a pattern for other town charters, requiring the planting and cultivation of land, and building dwelling houses, roads, a schoolhouse, and a church, all within three to five years.
Villages and Place Names: Horse Corner, Kelleys Corner, North Chichester
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 491 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Chichester totaled 1,614 over 50 years, from 1,083 in 1970 to 2,697 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 38 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Chichester was 2,761 residents, which ranked 115th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 130.3 persons per square mile of land area. Chichester contains 21.2 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2021 $3,189,755
Budget:School Appropriations,2021-2022 $6,564,127
Zoning Ordinance 1962/22
Master Plan 2021
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Cemetery; Library
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Chichester Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Per diem & On call
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord 10 miles   236

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Private
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated; 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 $24.38
2022 Equalization Ratio 65.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.88
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 83.2%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 14.7%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.2%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,071
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 935
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 46
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 90

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 2,761   156,459
   2020 2,697   153,808
   2010 2,535   146,445
   2000 2,258   136,225
   1990 1,879   120,240
   1980 1,492   98,302

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,404 Female   1,287
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 113
      Age 5 to 19 467
      Age 20 to 34 391
      Age 35 to 54 867
      Age 55 to 64 411
      Age 65 and over 442
            Median Age 45.4 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 2,020
      High school graduation or higher 96.8%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 36.4%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $45,625
Median Family Income $119,815
Median Household Income $119,306
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $72,703
      Female $63,636
Individuals below poverty level 3.6%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,506   1,545
    Employed 1,439   1,513
    Unemploymed 67   32
    Unemployment rate 4.4%   2.1%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  76  198
    Average Weekly Wage  $643  $1,270
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  391  576
    Average Weekly Wage  $669  $1,162
Total Private  
    Average Employment  467  774
    Average Weekly Wage  $665  $1,189
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  84  96
    Average Weekly Wage  $721  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  552  869
    Average Weekly Wage  $673  $1,142
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Chichester operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Pembroke District: SAU 53
Career Technology Center: Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-8      
Total Enrollment 197      
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Manchester
Nearest College or Universities: UNH School of Law; Granite State; Southern NH University; St. Anselm; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; UNH Durham

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     1   Capacity:     9

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Weathervane Seafood Restaurant 100 1983
Clarks Grain Store Feed dealer 17 1960
Harris Furniture Retail furniture store 12 1985
Avitar Associates of New England, Inc. Assessing 27 1985
Hess Station Convenience store, gas 6 1988
Bob Cat Retail tractor sales 8 2007
Chuckster's Mini golf 2007
Tractor Supply Co Rural retail store 2010
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 4, 202
State Routes: 9, 28, 107
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-393, Exit 3; I-93, Exit 15
Distance: 4 miles; 8 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Concord Municipal Runway  6,005 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
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 27 miles
    Portland, Maine 89 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 77 miles
    New York City, New York 274 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 256 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 72.6%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 3.5%
  Used Public Transportation: 4.4%
  Walked: 0.8%
  Traveled by other means: 0.4%
  Worked at home: 18.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 29.8 minutes
Work in community of residence: 74.3%
Commute to other NH community: 20.7%
Commute out-of-state: 4.9%
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
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Pat's Peak
Other: Chuckster's