Introduction to Swanzey, New Hampshire

Swanzey, New Hampshire, in Cheshire county, is 41 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire and 71 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 6,800 residents in the town.

Swanzey History

The land now covered by the town of Swanzey was named Lower Ashuelot in 1733. Jonathan Belcher, the Colonial Governor of Massachusetts, established the town, which was incorporated in 1753. Governor Benning Wentworth named Swanzey after Swansea, Massachusetts. The town is located in Cheshire County, which was established in 1771 and named after Cheshire, England.

Swanzey and nearby Attractions

  • Swanzey Historical Museum
  • Rhododendron State Park
  • Carleton Bridge
  • Monadnock Children's Museum
  • Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area
  • Franklin Pierce Homestead

Things To Do In Swanzey

Swanzey is home many parks and open spaces including the Shadow Lake Park and Keene Forestry Park. The Community Bible Church, Westport Community Church and Saint Anthony's Church are some of the local churches. Every July, the town celebrates the Cheshire Fair. From Swanzey, one can also visit the Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, Greenfield State Park and the Otter River State Forest.

Swanzey Transportation

Manchester Boston Regional is the nearest airport.

Swanzey Higher Education

Keene State College, Fitchburg State College and Mount Wachusett Community College provide programs for higher studies.


Total Population 7,221
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,159
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $68,371
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 23.5%
Median Gross Rent $896
Median House Value $175,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.9%
US/American 0%
English 18.8%
Irish 14.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Swanzey Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Nashua, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 71 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cheshire
Standard Zip Codes 03446
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.869
Longitude -72.282

Swanzey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station KEENE
Distance 5.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Distance 9.2 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
Distance 16.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Swanzey, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Swanzey (03446)

Swanzey Center (03446)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Keene 23,403 $71,277
Marlborough 1,774 $64,844
Richmond 1,056 $69,063
Roxbury 210 $72,813
Troy 2,341 $61,458
Winchester 4,269 $53,864

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Swanzey Public Libraries

Mt. Caesar Union Library
Swanzey, New Hampshire
(603) 357-0456

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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