Introduction to Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Jaffrey, New Hampshire is 28 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire and 58 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. It is in Cheshire County. The population of the town is 5,476.

Jaffrey History

The land that is now covered by the Town of Jaffrey was granted to soldiers from Rowley, Massachusetts in 1736. It was permanently settled in 1758 and incorporated as the Town of Jaffrey in 1773. The town was named after George Jaffrey, a former local landholder. The Town Meetinghouse was built in 1775.

Jaffrey and nearby Attractions

  • Monadnock State Park
  • Peterborough Historical Society Museum
  • Otter River State Forest
  • Gardner Museum
  • Curtiss Dogwood Natural Area
  • Franklin Pierce House

Things To Do In Jaffrey

Jaffrey offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to both its residents and visitors. The Shirley Historical Society Museum, the Horatio Colony House Museum, the Peterborough Historical Society Museum and the Gardner Museum are all popular among those hoping to learn more about the region;s history. The Rhododendron State Park, Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area and the Erving State Forest offer facilities for hiking and camping as well.

Jaffrey Transportation

Manchester is the nearest major airport.

Jaffrey Higher Education

Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College and Keene State College are in the neighborhood.


Total Population 5,416
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,772
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,323
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,941
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,146


Median Family Income $71,604
% Above Poverty Level 85.7%
% Below Poverty Level 14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $815
Median House Value $194,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 18%
Irish 16.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jaffrey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cheshire
Standard Zip Codes 03452
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.813
Longitude -72.023

Jaffrey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dublin 1,642 $71,625
Fitzwilliam 2,454 $79,000
New Ipswich 5,123 $83,929
Peterborough 6,387 $87,833
Rindge 5,958 $76,468
Sharon 320 $93,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jaffrey Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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