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Alstead, NH

alstead New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Alstead
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 Selectboard: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 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 753 over 49 years, from 1,185 in 1970 to 1,938 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 23percent increase between 1970 and 1980, close to one-third of the total numeric change. The 2019 Census estimate for Alstead was 753 residents, which ranked 143rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 49.7 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, 2020 $2,110,178
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $2,469,025
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 & 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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.85
2019 Equalization Ratio 87.3
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.24
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 913
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 688
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 39
Five or More Units in Structure 35
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 151
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,938 76,085
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   819 Female:   925
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 84
Age 5 to 19 254
Age 20 to 34 289
Age 35 to 54 458
Age 55 to 64 229
Age 65 and over 430
Median Age 48.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.8%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,642
Median family income $66,375
Median household income $59,076
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $44,211
Female $36,429
Individuals below the poverty level 14.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 1,233 1,084
Employed 1,175 1,057
Unemployed 58 27
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 2.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 63 72
Average Weekly Wage $573 $663
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 55 77
Average Weekly Wage $523 $800
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 118 149
Average Weekly Wage $550 $733
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 18 96
Average Weekly Wage $634 $625
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 137 245
Average Weekly Wage $561 $691

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.6%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 10.0%
Worked at home 13.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 17.0%
Commuting to another NH community 69.6%
Commuting out-of-state 13.4%
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
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
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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/21/20

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