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Lee, NH

lee New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lee
Julie Glover, Town Administrator
7 Mast Road
Lee, NH 03861
Telephone (603) 659-5414
Fax (603) 659-7202
E-mail townadministrator@leenh.org
Web Site www.leenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen Office: Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 4:30, Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 21
State Representative Strafford County Districts 5, 25

Incorporated: 1766
Origin: Established in 1766 following separation from Durham, Lee was one of the last among the 129 towns chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was named for General Charles Lee, friend and kin of the Governor, who had fought with George Washington and others during the French and Indian Wars. Lee also fought under Washington during the American Revolution, and in doing so, forfeited estates in England. Lee is the location of Wheelwright Pond, a noted scenic area, which was part of the claim issued to Reverend John Wheelwright, founder of Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Glenmere, Lee Five Corners, South Lee, Wadleigh Falls
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lee totaled 3,088 over 49 years, from 1,481 in 1970 to 4,569 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1990, followed by a 43 percent increase in the previous decade. The 2019 Census estimate for Lee was 4,569 residents, which ranked 79th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 228.7 persons per square mile of land area. Lee contains 20.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020-2021 $4,651,460
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $8,533,212
Zoning Ordinance 1966/20
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget Advisory; Moderator; Checklist; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Agricultural; Heritage; Recreation
Public Library Lee Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 10 miles 142
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 13 miles 99

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Pennechuk; 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 Comcast; Fairpoint; AT&T
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.49
2019 Equalization Ratio 77.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.89
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings13.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,968
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,430
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 135
Five or More Units in Structure 56
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 347
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 4,569 130,633
2010 4,330 123,143
2000 4,169 112,676
1990 3,699 104,348
1980 2,111 85,324
1970 1,481 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   2,173 Female:   2,312
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 130
Age 5 to 19 740
Age 20 to 34 529
Age 35 to 54 1,505
Age 55 to 64 846
Age 65 and over 735
Median Age 47.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 56.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $51,092
Median family income $123,125
Median household income $100,170
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $69,444
Female $62,907
Individuals below the poverty level 1.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,618 2,855
Employed 2,491 2,796
Unemployed 127 59
Unemployment Rate 4.9% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 76 100
Average Weekly Wage $502 $815
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 894 1,092
Average Weekly Wage $461 $653
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 970 1,193
Average Weekly Wage $465 $666
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 136 137
Average Weekly Wage $715 $844
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,106 1,330
Average Weekly Wage $495 $685

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 Oyster River Cooperative (Durham, Lee, Madbury) SAU 5
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 365
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 236
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Market Basket Supermarket 120 1993
S & J Transportation Trucking, leasing, sales 40 1992
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 35 1995
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 35 2004
Sunny's Restaurant Restaurant 20
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20
Mobil Mart Convenience store, gas 15
Wentworth Douglas Hospital Health care services 100+
Sunoco Mart Convenience store, gas 15 2002

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 125, 152, 155
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 6; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 10 miles; 15 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease InternationalRunway11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 33 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 30 miles
Portland, ME 68 miles
Boston, MA 67 miles
New York City, NY 263 miles
Montreal, Quebec 285 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.2%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 5.2%
Worked at home 9.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 12.2%
Commuting to another NH community 78.0%
Commuting out-of-state 9.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Moose Mountain, Gunstock, Bretton Woods, Cranmore, Wildcat
Other: Lee USA Speedway; Library events; Little River Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/5/20

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