Milford is a town located in Southern New Hampshire in the Merrimack Valley region of the state. It is situated in the central part of Hillsborough County and encompasses a total area of 25.3 square miles, .1 of which is water. As of the 2010 United States Census, Milford was home to 15,115 residents.
Originally a part of Amherst, Milford separated and was incorporated as its own town in 1794. The named stemmed from the fact that the town was built on the ford of the Souhegan River and was surrounded by mills. In its early years, Milford boasted several successful textile mills. Though those are now gone, the town is now known as the commercial and retail hub of its region. At one point, Milford was a stop on the Underground Railroad, which was used to help slaves escape the South.
Less than 1 percent of Milford’s total area is made up of water. The town includes part of the Souhegan River, and its highest point lies at Boynton Hill, where elevation reaches 814 feet above sea level. Neighboring towns include Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, Amherst, Brookline, Mason and Wilton.
Milford is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. The town boasts a full-time police department, a full-time and volunteer fire department and municipal and volunteer emergency medical services. Top employers in the area include Hitchiner Manufacturing, Hendrix Wire & Cable, Coorstek, Aimar Technology Corporation, Hampshire Hills Sport and Fitness, Milford School District, Alene Candles, Sun Health Care, Hampshire Paper Corporation and Cirtronics.
Children in the area attend schools in the Milford School District. For recreation and entertainment, residents in Milford can take advantage of the town?s municipal parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, bowling facilities, museums, movie theatres, youth organizations, sports leagues, fishing and hunting areas, snowmobile and bicycle trails and cross country skiing areas. The town is also in close proximity to the McIntyre, Pat’s Peak and Crotched Mountain ski resorts.