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Alstead, NH

alstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Alstead
Mary Schoppmeyer, Office Administrator
15 Mechanic Street, PO Box 60
Alstead, NH 03602-0060
Telephone (603) 835-2986
Fax (603) 835-2178
E-mail alsteadadmin@alsteadnh.org
Web Site www.alsteadnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectboard: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, closed Fridays; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday and Thursday, 8-4, Tuesday, 8-7, Wedneday, 8-9, closed Fridays

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
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 Districts 9, 16

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: Alstead began in 1735 as the fourth in a line of nine forts intended to protect southwestern New Hampshire from Indian attacks. The town was named for Johann Heinrich Alsted, a German professor whose Encyclopaedia (1630) was popular at Harvard, where Governor Benning Wentworth had been a student. According to the Town of Alstead municipal website, Alstead was one of the towns that wavered in its allegiance after the Revolutionary War. In April 1781 the citizens decided to join Vermont, but returned to New Hampshire authority early the next year. Alstead was the location of New Hampshire's first paper mill, established in 1793 on the Cold River.
Villages and Place Names: Alstead Center, East Alstead, Mill Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,111 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Alstead totaled 684 over 50 years, from 1,185 in 1970 to 1,869 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 23 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The 2022 Census estimate for Alstead was 1,907 residents, which ranked 145th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 48.9 persons per square mile of land area. Alstead contains 39.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $2,778,541
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $2,925,868
Zoning Ordinance 1987/10
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Treasurer; Town Clerk/Tax Collector; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Selectboard; Moderator; Check List Supervisor
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Shedd-Porter Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 17 miles 94
Valley Regional, Claremont 22 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; Granite State; NE Power; Liberty Utilities
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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.64
2022 Equalization Ratio 66.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.38
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 997
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 729
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 80
Five or More Units in Structure 71
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 117
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,907 77,350
2020 1,864 76,458
2010 1,937 77,117
2000 1,948 73,993
1990 1,724 70,223
1980 1,461 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   735 Female:   891
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 54
Age 5 to 19 204
Age 20 to 34 279
Age 35 to 54 356
Age 55 to 64 328
Age 65 and over 405
Median Age 50.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,345
High school graduate or higher 95.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,233
Median family income $68,929
Median household income $53,125
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,329
Female $45,868
Individuals below the poverty level 13.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,114 1,069
Employed 1,063 1,040
Unemployed 51 29
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 66 84
Average Weekly Wage $620 $754
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 86 95
Average Weekly Wage $709 $1,056
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 152 179
Average Weekly Wage $671 $914
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 27 99
Average Weekly Wage $504 $666
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 178 278
Average Weekly Wage $646 $826

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 80 99 88
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; Colby-Sawyer; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Fuller Machine Company Machine shop 15 1945
AEBI New England Tractor dealer 2001
Alstead General Store Convenience store 2012
Kmiec's Garage Auto repair
Joe's Automotive Repair Auto repair & sales
Gendron-Fisher Automotive Service Auto repair

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 123, 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 6
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 67 miles
Portland, ME 160 miles
Boston, MA 118 miles
New York City, NY 228 miles
Montreal, Quebec 222 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 753
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.2%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 6.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 14.2%
Commuting to another NH community 79.8%
Commuting out-of-state 6.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist 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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Okemo
Other: Vilas Pool Park; Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/8/23

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