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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,182
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+4,083
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married48.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,909
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,962

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,509
% Above Poverty Level86.9%
% Below Poverty Level13.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone23.7%
Median Gross Rent$895
Median House Value$168,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.4%
French Except Basque15.8%
Irish15.2%
English13.8%
Canadian10.8%
German9.7%
Italian6.8%
Polish6.8%
Scottish4.3%
Swedish2.3%
Finnish2.2%
Ukrainian1.5%
Greek1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Swiss0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Croatian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Russian0.1%
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Swanzey Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cheshire County
Standard Zip Codes3446
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.86
Approximate Longitude-72.28

Swanzey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKEENE
Distance5.8 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp31 to 56 F
Jul Temp57 to 82 F
Oct Temp34 to 60 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationSURRY MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp7 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 80 F
Oct Temp33 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Keene23,537$72,980
Marlborough1,908$72,750
Richmond1,188$69,327
Roxbury211$70,000
Troy2,188$63,182
Winchester4,245$53,938

Swanzey Public Libraries

Mt. Caesar Union Library
628 OLD HOMESTEAD HIGHWAY
Swanzey, New Hampshire
(603) 357-0456

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