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Lebanon, NH

lebanon New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Lebanon
Crystal Taplin, Administrative Assistant
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Telephone (603) 448-1457
Fax (603) 442-6141
E-mail crystal.taplin@lebanonnh.gov
Web Site www.lebanonnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours City Manager, City Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 7-5, closed Friday

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 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 5 (All Wards)
State Representative Grafton County Districts 13 (Ward 1), 14 (Ward 2), 15 (Ward 3), 17 (Wards 1-3)

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The name Lebanon comes from the biblical cedars of ancient Lebanon, a Semitic word meaning white that refers to the nearby mountain with perpetual snows on its summit. Established in 1761, the name for this town was probably selected by the many early settlers who were from Lebanon, Connecticut, including Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College. Lebanon was the original location of the Indian Charity School from which Dartmouth is descended. In 1781, Lebanon was one of the towns that attempted to join Vermont, but later returned to New Hampshire. Lebanon was incorporated as a city in 1957.
Villages and Place Names: East Wilder, Mascoma, Sachem Village, West Lebanon
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,180 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lebanon totaled 4,610 over 50 years, from 9,725 in 1970 to 14,335 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 14 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The city's population increased by nine percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Lebanon was 15,005 residents, which ranked 22nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 372.1 persons per square mile of land area. Lebanon contains 40.3 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $68,022,600
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $47,560,257
Zoning Ordinance 1936/22
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Lebanon Public; West Lebanon

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon Local 396
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon Local 23

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVolunraty
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.98
2021 Equalization Ratio 82.2
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.24
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings55.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings39.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,000
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,313
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 962
Five or More Units in Structure 2,405
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 320
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 14,316 91,025
2020 14,282 91,118
2010 13,151 89,118
2000 12,571 81,826
1990 12,191 74,998
1980 11,134 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   6,665 Female:   7,651
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 785
Age 5 to 19 1,437
Age 20 to 34 4,212
Age 35 to 54 2,729
Age 55 to 64 2,089
Age 65 and over 3,064
Median Age 38.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 10,788
High school graduate or higher 93.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $46,905
Median family income $98,410
Median household income $80,619
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $57,604
Female $60,693
Individuals below the poverty level 7.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 7,723 7,544
Employed 7,465 7,311
Unemployed 258 233
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,975 2,035
Average Weekly Wage $1,187 $1,539
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 15,946 16,425
Average Weekly Wage $1,107 $1,579
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 17,921 18,460
Average Weekly Wage $1,116 $1,575
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 859 785
Average Weekly Wage $912 $1,216
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 18,779 19,245
Average Weekly Wage $1,107 $1,560

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(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Lebanon operates grades K-12 SAU 88
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 518 454 648
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 693
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center & Hitchcock Clinic Health care services 8,462 1857
Alice Peck Day Lifecare Center Health care services 564
Hypertherm Industrial waterjet, laser and plasma cutting systems 471 1958
Fujifilm Dimatix Industrial inkjet printheads 500
Lebanon School District SAU #88 Education 404

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 10, 12A, 4A, 120
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exits 17 - 20
Distance Local access
Railroad CCRR
Public Transportation Advance Transit
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon MunicipalRunway5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance Local
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 71 miles
Portland, ME 163 miles
Boston, MA 121 miles
New York City, NY 269 miles
Montreal, Quebec 187 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 8,275
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.4%
Public transportation 3.6%
Walked 2.7%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 13.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 16.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 68.0%
Commuting to another NH community 24.0%
Commuting out-of-state 8.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Storrs Hill, Lebanon
Other: Hiking Trails; Lebanon Adult Sports; Backcountry Camping

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 5/27/22

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