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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 Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
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 3,435 over 53 years, from 931 in 1960 to 4,366 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 4,366 residents, which ranked 85th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 218.5 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.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,664,065
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $11,026,249
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

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 10 miles 124
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 13 miles 99

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; 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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.75
2013 Equalization Ratio 99.6
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $28.02
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings85.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings12.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,919
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,407
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 32
Five or More Units in Structure 200
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 280
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2013 4,341 124,119
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,191 Female:   2,143
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 123
Age 5 to 19 997
Age 20 to 34 473
Age 35 to 54 1,580
Age 55 to 64 478
Age 65 and over 683
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 48.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $38,554
Median family income $98,387
Median household income $74,873
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $68,387
Female $49,464
Individuals below the poverty level 5.4%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,525 2,534
Employed 2,445 2,429
Unemployed 80 105
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 77 61
Average Weekly Wage $643 $663
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 793 990
Average Weekly Wage $423 $482
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 870 1,050
Average Weekly Wage $442 $493
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 122 138
Average Weekly Wage $577 $751
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 991 1,189
Average Weekly Wage $459 $523

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
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; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth 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 293
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 181
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Market Basket Supermarket 120 1993
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
Wentworth Douglas Hospital Health care services 100+
Sunoco Mart Convenience store, gas 15 2002

(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

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.1%
Public transportation 1.5%
Walked 2.3%
Other Means 2%
Worked at home 11.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 18.7%
Commuting to another NH community 71.1%
Commuting out-of-state 10.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
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; Ice Skating Rink: Outdoor Facility

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/30/2014

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