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Alstead, NH

alstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Alstead Select Board
Charlotte Comeau, Office Administrator
15 Mechanic Street, PO Box 60
Alstead, NH 03602-0060
Telephone (603) 835-2986
Fax (603) 835-2178
E-mail charlottecomeau@alsteadnh.org
Web Site www.alsteadnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 1 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 9 am, closed Friday; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 1 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 9 am, closed Friday

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 District 2

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 1,089 over 58 years, from 843 in 1960 to 1,932 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 41 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, close to one-third of the total numeric change. The 2018 Census estimate for Alstead was 1,932 residents, which ranked 143rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 49.6 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, 2019 $2,001,848
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $2,806,830
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
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Shedd-Porter Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 17 miles 98
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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.67
2018 Equalization Ratio 102.2
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.14
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 910
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 689
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 40
Five or More Units in Structure 45
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 136
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,932 76,493
2010 1,937 77,117
2000 1,948 73,993
1990 1,724 70,223
1980 1,461 62,116
1970 1,185 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   787 Female:   949
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 89
Age 5 to 19 262
Age 20 to 34 231
Age 35 to 54 428
Age 55 to 64 273
Age 65 and over 453
Median Age 50.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.1%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,844
Median family income $68,125
Median household income $57,011
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $48,250
Female $44,479
Individuals below the poverty level 18.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 1,243 1,085
Employed 1,201 1,061
Unemployed 42 24
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $72 $69
Average Weekly Wage $591 $674
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $55 $70
Average Weekly Wage $500 $812
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $127 $139
Average Weekly Wage $552 $744
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $21 $95
Average Weekly Wage $600 $612
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $148 $234
Average Weekly Wage $559 $690

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) Region: 13
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 84 117 46
2020 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

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Blanchflower Lumber Retail, wholesale lumber 15 1953
Fuller Machine Company Machine shop 15 1945
Benson's Woodworking Company Timber frame houses 10 1972
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 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.7%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 10.2%
Worked at home 10.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 18.3%
Commuting to another NH community 70.5%
Commuting out-of-state 11.2%
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
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
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Okemo
Other: Vilas Pool Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/11/19

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