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Lempster, NH

lempster New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lempster
Linda Callahan, Town Clerk
856 NH Route 10
Lempster, NH 03605
Telephone (603) 863-3213 or 863-2698
Fax (603) 863-8105
E-mail townclerk@lempsternh.org
Web Site www.lempsternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Business Office: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-4, Thursday, 8-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday to Wednesday, 8-5:30, Friday, 8-12, first and last Saturday each month, 8-12

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Newport, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 4, 8

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This territory was originally granted in 1735 by Massachusetts Governor Belcher as Number 9, the ninth in a line of forts established to guard against Indian attacks. It was regranted in 1753 by Governor Benning Wentworth under the name Dupplin, after Sir Thomas Hay, Lord Dupplin of Scotland, who had been in charge of the settlement of Nova Scotia. The town was granted yet again in 1761 as Lempster, named for Sir Thomas Fermor of Lempster, England, who was a Wentworth relation. Settlers were not able to meet the prescribed terms, so a regrant charter was issued in 1767. By 1770 only eight families had settled there, and a charter extension was requested of and issued by Governor John Wentworth in 1772.
Villages and Place Names: Dodge Hollow, East Lempster, Keyes Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 415 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lempster totaled 761 over 50 years, from 360 in 1970 to 1,121 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,152 residents, which ranked 180th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 35.6 persons per square mile of land area. Lempster contains 32.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $1,740,974
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $3,417,334
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Conservation; joint Loss
Public Library Miner Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 15 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
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 ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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) $23.65
2022 Equalization Ratio 62.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.64
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 653
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 575
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 5
Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 70
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,152 43,958
2020 1,118 43,063
2010 1,154 43,742
2000 97 40,560
1990 948 38,652
1980 637 36,063
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   407 Female:   410
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 63
Age 5 to 19 117
Age 20 to 34 115
Age 35 to 54 243
Age 55 to 64 126
Age 65 and over 153
Median Age 46.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 607
High school graduate or higher 90.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,842
Median family income $92,083
Median household income $76,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,167
Female $46,719
Individuals below the poverty level 7.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 656 629
Employed 623 616
Unemployed 33 13
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 50
Average Weekly Wage n $967
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 59
Average Weekly Wage n $891
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 57 109
Average Weekly Wage $951 $926
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 64 27
Average Weekly Wage $597 $506
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 121 136
Average Weekly Wage $764 $842

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Lempster operates K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont, Newport, or Sunapee SAU 71
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont; Newport)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 114
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
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 2008
OneWay Auto Repair Auto repair 2014
Bonnie Plants Greenhouse, growers 2018

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 18 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 38 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 56 miles
Portland, ME 149 miles
Boston, MA 107 miles
New York City, NY 243 miles
Montreal, Quebec 225 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 353
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 6.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 12.7%
Commuting to another NH community 80.2%
Commuting out-of-state 7.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/7/23

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