NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Lee, NH

lee New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lee
Julie Glover, Town Administrator
7 Mast Road
Lee, NH 03861
Telephone (603) 659-5414
Fax (603) 659-7202
E-mail townadministrator@leenh.org
Web Site www.leenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30, Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 21
State Representative Strafford County Districts 5, 25

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: Established in 1766 following separation from Durham, Lee was one of the last among the 129 towns chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was named for General Charles Lee, friend and kin of the Governor, who had fought with George Washington and others during the French and Indian Wars. Lee also fought under Washington during the American Revolution, and in doing so, forfeited estates in England. Lee is the location of Wheelwright Pond, a noted scenic area, which was part of the claim issued to Reverend John Wheelwright, founder of Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Glenmere, Lee Five Corners, South Lee, Wadleigh Falls
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lee totaled 3,415 over 53 years, from 931 in 1960 to 4,346 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, followed by a 43 percent increase in the previous decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Lee was 4,346 residents, which ranked 83rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 217.5 persons per square mile of land area. Lee contains 20.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015-2016 $3,815,470
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $11,774,401
Zoning Ordinance 1966/06
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget Advisory; Moderator; Checklist; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Agricultural; Heritage; Recreation
Public Library Lee Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 10 miles 125
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 13 miles 99

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 Comcast; Fairpoint; AT&T
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $29.70
2014 Equalization Ratio 96.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.01
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,877
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,380
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 25
Five or More Units in Structure 231
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 241
Total Population Community County
2013 4,346 124,319
2010 4,330 123,143
2000 4,169 112,676
1990 3,699 104,348
1980 2,111 85,324
1970 1,481 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   2,063 Female:   2,283
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 134
Age 5 to 19 929
Age 20 to 34 694
Age 35 to 54 1,450
Age 55 to 64 576
Age 65 and over 566
Median Age 41.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.6%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 40,517
Median family income 100,979
Median household income 93,527
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 69,514
Female 51,990
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 2,556 2,727
Employed 2,479 2,637
Unemployed 77.0 90
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 3.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 87 60
Average Weekly Wage $597 $665
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 772 979
Average Weekly Wage $462 $506
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 858 1,039
Average Weekly Wage $476 $515
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 124 173
Average Weekly Wage $628 $965
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 982 1,212
Average Weekly Wage $495 $580
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Oyster River Cooperative (Durham, Lee, Madbury) SAU 5
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 286
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 164
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Market Basket Supermarket 120 1993
Wentworth Douglas Hospital Health care services 100+  
S & J Transportation Trucking, leasing, sales 40 1992
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 35 1995
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 35 2004
Sunny's Restaurant Restaurant 20
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20
Mobil Mart Convenience store, gas 15
Sunoco Mart Convenience store, gas 15 2002
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 125, 152, 155
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 6; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 10 miles; 15 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway 11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 33 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 30 miles
Portland, ME 67 miles
Boston, MA 61 miles
New York City, NY 266 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.2%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 8.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 15.5%
Commuting to another NH community 73.4%
Commuting out-of-state 11.1%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Moose Mountain, Gunstock
Other: Lee USA Speedway; Library events; Little River Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/04/15

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only