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Lyme, NH

lyme New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Lyme Board of Selectmen
Dina Cutting, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 126
Lyme, NH 03768
Telephone (603) 795-4639
Fax (603) 795-4637
E-mail dina@lymenh.gov
Web Site www.lymenh.gov/Home/

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 2 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA, NH part
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
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 5
State Representative Grafton County District 12

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This was another of the many towns granted along the Connecticut River in 1761. Lyme takes its name from Old Lyme, which lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River. For many years, the town's name was spelled as Lime in official state documents, however this eventually was decreed a misspelling. Most of the original grantees were from Palmer and Brimfield in Massachusetts, or from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Lyme was one of the 16 towns involved in a protracted border dispute with the independent state of Vermont, before it was admitted to the Union in 1791.
Villages and Place Names: Lyme Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 816 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lyme totaled 911 over 53 years, from 1,026 in 1960 to 1,937 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was two percent between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Lyme was 1,937 residents, which ranked 141st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 36.0 persons per square mile of land area. Lyme contains 53.8 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,879,297
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $6,051,026
Zoning Ordinance 1989/08
Master Plan 1988
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Zoning Administration
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Zoning; Library; Conservation; Recreation; Heritage; Energy
Public Library Converse Free

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 12 miles 417
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 16 miles 25

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; VT Public Service
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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.94
2014 Equalization Ratio 96.4
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.98
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 837
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 759
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 31
Five or More Units in Structure 14
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 33
Total Population Community County
2013 1,937 89,268
2010 1,716 89,118
2000 1,681 81,826
1990 1,533 74,998
1980 1,289 65,806
1970 1,112 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   971 Female:   966
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 115
Age 5 to 19 427
Age 20 to 34 139
Age 35 to 54 627
Age 55 to 64 282
Age 65 and over 347
Median Age 44.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 64.1%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 60,813
Median family income 12,607
Median household income 107,692
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 98,750
Female 54,444
Individuals below the poverty level 3.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 977 847
Employed 958 819
Unemployed 19.0 28
Unemployment Rate 1.9% 3.3%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 114 81
Average Weekly Wage $1,118 $2,627
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 237 242
Average Weekly Wage $757 $839
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 350 324
Average Weekly Wage $874 $1,288
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 80 76
Average Weekly Wage $468 $782
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 430 399
Average Weekly Wage $799 $1,192
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Lyme operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tutioned to Dresden Cooperative (Hanover NH and Norwich VT) or Thetford VT SAU 76
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT); River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT) Region: 4; 7
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 K 1-8
Total Enrollment 194 120
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 98
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University; Lebanon

Dartmouth Skiway Ski area 119 pt
Town of Lyme Municipal services 84 pt 1761
Dowd's Country Inn Bed & breakfast 81 pt
Lyme School District Education 44 pt
Loch Lyme Lodge Hotel 42 pt
Estates & Gallup General contractors 36 pt
Lyme Inn Bed & breakfast 35 pt
CrossRoads Academy Education 28 pt
Wagner Forest Management, Ltd. Forest management 24 pt
*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 14
Distance 3 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
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 16 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 86 miles
Portland, ME 171 miles
Boston, MA 136 miles
New York City, NY 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 182 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.9%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 21.3%
Commuting to another NH community 64.6%
Commuting out-of-state 14.1%
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
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Appalachian Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/20/14

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