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Alstead, NH

alstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Alstead Board of Selectmen
Linda Christie, Administrative Assistant
15 Mechanic Street, PO Box 60
Alstead, NH 03602-0060
Telephone (603) 835-2986
Fax (603) 835-2178
E-mail townofalstead@comcast.net
Web Site www.alsteadnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Wednesday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 5:45 pm, closed Friday

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 2

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: Alstead began in 1735 as the fourth in a line of nine forts intended to protect southwestern New Hampshire from Indian attacks. The town was named for Johann Heinrich Alsted, a German professor whose Encyclopaedia (1630) was popular at Harvard, where Governor Benning Wentworth had been a student. According to the Town of Alstead municipal website, Alstead was one of the towns that wavered in its allegiance after the Revolutionary War. In April 1781 the citizens decided to join Vermont, but returned to New Hampshire authority early the next year. Alstead was the location of New Hampshire's first paper mill, established in 1793 on the Cold River.
Villages and Place Names: Alstead Center, East Alstead, Mill Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,111 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Alstead totaled 1,193 over 53 years, from 843 in 1960 to 2,036 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 41 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, close to one-third of the total numeric change. The 2013 Census estimate for Alstead was 2,036 residents, which ranked 138th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 52.2 persons per square mile of land area. Alstead contains 39.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,022,523
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $2,785,865
Zoning Ordinance 1987/10
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Shedd-Porter Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 17 miles 169
Valley Regional, Claremont 22 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Granite State; NE Power
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.80
2014 Equalization Ratio 114.3
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.14
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 963
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 831
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 35
Five or More Units in Structure 33
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 64
Total Population Community County
2013 2,036 76,723
2010 1,937 77,117
2000 1,948 73,993
1990 1,724 70,223
1980 1,461 62,116
1970 1,185 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,041 Female:   995
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 104
Age 5 to 19 439
Age 20 to 34 284
Age 35 to 54 649
Age 55 to 64 286
Age 65 and over 274
Median Age 43.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 26,650
Median family income 69,559
Median household income 60,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 50,845
Female 36,618
Individuals below the poverty level 6.5%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,156 1,130
Employed 1,123 1,092
Unemployed 33.0 38
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 81 72
Average Weekly Wage $555 $644
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 85 83
Average Weekly Wage $497 $652
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 166 155
Average Weekly Wage $525 $648
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 26 81
Average Weekly Wage $317 $721
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 192 236
Average Weekly Wage $497 $673
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene) Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8
Total Enrollment 106 101
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 45
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England

Blanceflower Lumber Retail, wholesale lumber 15 1953
Benson's Woodworking Company Timber frame houses 10 1972
Fuller Machine Company Job machine shop 5
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 123, 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 6
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway 3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 70 miles
Portland, ME 162 miles
Boston, MA 120 miles
New York City, NY 232 miles
Montreal, Quebec 225 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.9%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 10.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 17.1%
Commuting to another NH community 66.9%
Commuting out-of-state 16%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Okemo

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 05/18/15

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