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Lebanon, NH

lebanon New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Lebanon
Kelly Crate, Administrative Assistant
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Telephone (603) 448-1457
Fax (603) 442-6141
E-mail kelly.crate@LebCity.com
Web Site www.lebnh.net

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 1 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 5 (All Wards)
State Representative Grafton County District 13 (All Wards)

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The name Lebanon comes from the biblical cedars of ancient Lebanon, a Semitic word meaning white that refers to the nearby mountain with perpetual snows on its summit. Established in 1761, the name for this town was probably selected by the many early settlers who were from Lebanon, Connecticut, including Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College. Lebanon was the original location of the Indian Charity School from which Dartmouth is descended. In 1781, Lebanon was one of the towns that attempted to join Vermont, but later returned to New Hampshire. Lebanon was incorporated as a city in 1957.
Villages and Place Names: East Wilder, Mascoma, Sachem Village, West Lebanon
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,180 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lebanon totaled 4,300 over 53 years, from 9,299 in 1960 to 13,599 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 14 percent increase between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a three percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Lebanon was 13,599 residents, which ranked 22nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 337.2 persons per square mile of land area. Lebanon contains 40.3 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $52,231,900
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014 $38,460,385
Zoning Ordinance 1936/13
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Lebanon Public; West Lebanon

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon Local 388
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon Local 25

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVolunraty
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.51
2013 Equalization Ratio 98.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.57
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55%
Commercial Land and Buildings40.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 6,271
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,216
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,028
Five or More Units in Structure 1,912
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 115
Total Population Community County
2013 13,483 89,181
2010 13,151 89,118
2000 12,571 81,826
1990 12,191 74,998
1980 11,134 65,806
1970 9,725 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   6,568 Female:   6,707
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 724
Age 5 to 19 2,061
Age 20 to 34 3,150
Age 35 to 54 3,359
Age 55 to 64 1,952
Age 65 and over 2,029
Median Age 39 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 45.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $33,437
Median family income $76,615
Median household income $54,628
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,288
Female $42,165
Individuals below the poverty level 10.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 7,589 8,377
Employed 7,411 8,087
Unemployed 178 290
Unemployment Rate 2.3% 3.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,653 1,800
Average Weekly Wage $845 $1,280
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 14,377 15,760
Average Weekly Wage $800 $1,147
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 17,029 17,559
Average Weekly Wage $807 $1,161
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 905 830
Average Weekly Wage $670 $928
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 17,934 18,389
Average Weekly Wage $800 $1,150

Schools students attend: Lebanon operates grades K-12 SAU 88
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 615 435 725
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 11 Total Capacity: 533
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Colby-Sawyer; Lebanon

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center/Hitchcock Clinic Health care services 6,652 1857
Timkin Ball & roller bearings 423 1926
Lebanon School District Education 378 1926
Alice Peck Day/Lifecare Center Health care services 586
Hypertherm Manufacturing 558 1958

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 10, 12A, 4A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exits 17 - 20
Distance Local access
Railroad CCRR
Public Transportation Advance Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway 5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance Local
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 71 miles
Portland, ME 157 miles
Boston, MA 122 miles
New York City, NY 269 miles
Montreal, Quebec 188 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 4.6%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 3.5%
Worked at home 6.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 15.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 66.5%
Commuting to another NH community 22.4%
Commuting out-of-state 11.1%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Storrs Hill
Other: Hiking Trails; Lebanon Adult Sports; Backcountry Camping

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 8/26/2014

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