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Walpole, NH

walpole New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Walpole
Janet Clough, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 729
Walpole, NH 03608
Telephone (603) 756-3672
Fax (603) 756-9209
E-mail jclough@walpolenh.us
Web Site www.walpolenh.us

Municipal Office Hours Selectboard, Administrative Assistant: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, closed Wednesday; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 7 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 7 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, 7 am - 8 am, closed Friday

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 1

Incorporated: 1752
Origin: This territory was first granted by the Massachusetts government in 1736 as No. 3, the third in a line of settlements along the east side of the Connecticut River which was sometimes called Great Falls. In 1752, Governor Benning Wentworth granted the territory to Benjamin Bellows and others as Walpole in honor of Sir Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister of England. Colonel Benjamin Bellows, for whom Bellows Falls, Vermont, was named, built a large fort at Walpole for defense against Indian attack, and had surveyed most of the Connecticut River towns. The grant was renewed in 1781 due to the Indian wars making completion of grant terms impractical.
Villages and Place Names: Drewsville, North Walpole
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,245 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Walpole totaled 885 over 53 years, from 2,825 in 1960 to 3,710 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 12 percent between 1990 and 2000; percent change over the three previous decades were all below ten percent. The 2013 Census estimate for Walpole was 3,710 residents, which ranked 100th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 104.0 persons per square mile of land area. Walpole contains 35.7 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $3,600,413
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $5,855,944
Zoning Ordinance 1950/10
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Pending
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; WRAP; Hooper Institute; Recreation
Public Library North Walpole Public; Walpole Town

Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 18 miles 140
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier N. Walpole/Walpole Water
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Comcast; 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) $22.04
2013 Equalization Ratio 104.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.99
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,626
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,242
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 236
Five or More Units in Structure 122
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 26
Total Population Community County
2013 3,722 76,851
2010 3,734 77,117
2000 3,598 73,993
1990 3,215 70,223
1980 3,188 62,116
1970 2,966 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,876 Female:   1,855
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 260
Age 5 to 19 686
Age 20 to 34 643
Age 35 to 54 1,191
Age 55 to 64 423
Age 65 and over 528
Median Age 39.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 30.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $27,156
Median family income $68,875
Median household income $53,828
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $39,420
Female $35,729
Individuals below the poverty level 9.5%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,909 1,918
Employed 1,854 1,831
Unemployed 55 87
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 4.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 512 507
Average Weekly Wage $640 $862
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 764 727
Average Weekly Wage $668 $762
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,276 1,233
Average Weekly Wage $657 $803
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 59 175
Average Weekly Wage $337 $514
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,335 1,408
Average Weekly Wage $642 $767

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8
Total Enrollment 155 147
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 112
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; UNH School of Law; Antioch New England

Hubbard Farms, Inc. Poultry breeder 25 1931
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 88
Frank W. Whitcomb Sand, gravel, hot mix 85 1932
Len-Tex, Inc. Wallpaper 55 1993
Cold River Materials Sand, gravel 30 1997
Walpole Savings Bank Banking services 25 1875
Hicks Machine, Inc. Machine shop 20 1950

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 123
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exits 5 - 6
Distance 5 miles; 4 miles
Railroad Green Mtn. RR
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway 3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 80 miles
Portland, ME 177 miles
Boston, MA 107 miles
New York City, NY 227 miles
Montreal, Quebec 221 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.1%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 3.5%
Other Means 1.9%
Worked at home 12.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 35.6%
Commuting to another NH community 36.4%
Commuting out-of-state 28%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X 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
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney & Okemo (VT)

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

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