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Lempster, NH


lempster New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lempster
Gayle Newton, Town Clerk
PO Box 33
Lempster, NH 03605
Telephone (603) 863-3213 or 863-2698
Fax (603) 863-8105
E-mail lempster@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.lempsternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Business Office: Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm, Friday, Saturday, 8 am - 1 pm

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Claremont-Newport, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 7, 11

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This territory was originally granted in 1735 by Massachusetts Governor Belcher as Number 9, the ninth in a line of forts established to guard against Indian attacks. It was regranted in 1753 by Governor Benning Wentworth under the name Dupplin, after Sir Thomas Hay, Lord Dupplin of Scotland, who had been in charge of the settlement of Nova Scotia. The town was granted yet again in 1761 as Lempster, named for Sir Thomas Fermor of Lempster, England, who was a Wentworth relation. Settlers were not able to meet the prescribed terms, so a regrant charter was issued in 1767. By 1770 only eight families had settled there, and a charter extension was requested of and issued by Governor John Wentworth in 1772.
Villages and Place Names: Dodge Hollow, East Lempster, Keyes Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 415 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lempster totaled 817 over 54 years, from 272 in 1960 to 1,089 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 49 percent increase over the next decade. The 2014 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,089 residents, which tied with Richmond, ranking 180th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 33.7 persons per square mile of land area. Lempster contains 32.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $1,422,820
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015 $3,209,160
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation
Public Library Miner Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 15 miles 25

Utilities
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.27
2015 Equalization Ratio 105.3
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.84
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings63.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other33.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 604
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 537
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 6
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 61
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,089 43,291
2010 1,154 43,742
2000 97 40,560
1990 948 38,652
1980 637 36,063
1970 360 30,949
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-20142
Population by Gender
Male:   546 Female:   543
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 67
Age 5 to 19 181
Age 20 to 34 112
Age 35 to 54 367
Age 55 to 64 204
Age 65 and over 158
Median Age 45.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.6%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,076
Median family income $66,635
Median household income $61,161
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,604
Female $39,038
Individuals below the poverty level 6.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 534 657
Employed 515 628
Unemployed 19 29
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 4.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 7 n
Average Weekly Wage $550 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 20 n
Average Weekly Wage $435 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 28 52
Average Weekly Wage $466 $1,033
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 57 67
Average Weekly Wage $447 $601
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 84 119
Average Weekly Wage $453 $788

If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.


(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-8 are part of Goshen-Lempster Cooperative (Goshen, Lempster); grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont, Newport, or Sunapee SAU 71
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont; Newport) Region: 10
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 108
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 30
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 2008
Rosie & Phil's General Store Convenience store 2-3 2015
L & M Auto Auto repair 2008
OneWay Auto Repair Auto repair 2014

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality


(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 18 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 38 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 56 miles
Portland, ME 149 miles
Boston, MA 107 miles
New York City, NY 243 miles
Montreal, Quebec 225 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 9.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 19.9%
Commuting to another NH community 72.1%
Commuting out-of-state 8.0%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
   
Other: Youth Field Hockey

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/20/16

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