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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 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 869 over 53 years, from 272 in 1960 to 1,141 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,141 residents, which ranked 178th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 35.3 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.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,360,612
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $4,016,316
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
Public Library Miner Memorial

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

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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.39
2013 Equalization Ratio 108
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.50
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other27.8%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 602
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 528
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 16
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 58
Total Population Community County
2013 1,144 43,074
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) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   591 Female:   621
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 50
Age 5 to 19 286
Age 20 to 34 114
Age 35 to 54 462
Age 55 to 64 160
Age 65 and over 140
Median Age 40.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 19%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $23,881
Median family income $59,076
Median household income $58,950
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $49,792
Female $40,000
Individuals below the poverty level 10.9%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 535 588
Employed 517 555
Unemployed 18 33
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 5.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 11 n
Average Weekly Wage $503 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 27 n
Average Weekly Wage $451 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 38 65
Average Weekly Wage $465 $1,129
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 62 68
Average Weekly Wage $407 $587
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 100 133
Average Weekly Wage $429 $852

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 or Newport Region: 10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K R 1-8
Total Enrollment 171
2014 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

Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 6-Apr 2008
Sturgeon's General Store Convenience store 3-Feb 2008

(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, Newport
Runway 3,450 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 49 miles
Portland, ME 143 miles
Boston, MA 108 miles
New York City, NY 242 miles
Montreal, Quebec 226 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 3%
Worked at home 7.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 18.4%
Commuting to another NH community 72.2%
Commuting out-of-state 9.4%
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
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

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