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Lempster, NH


lempster New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lempster
Linda Callahan, Town Clerk
PO Box 33
Lempster, NH 03605
Telephone (603) 863-3213 or 863-2698
Fax (603) 863-8105
E-mail lempstertownclerk@myfairpoint.net
Web Site www.lempsternh.org

Municipal Office Hours Business Office: Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday through Thursday, 8 am - 5:30 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon, first and last Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon, closed first and last Friday

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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 7, 11

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 877 over 56 years, from 272 in 1960 to 1,149 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 49 percent increase over the next decade. The 2016 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,149 residents, which ranked 177th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 35.5 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, 2017 $1,558,617
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $3,248,154
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
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

Utilities
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.66
2016 Equalization Ratio 104.2
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.57
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings65.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other31.1%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 653
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 577
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 3
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 73
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 1,149 43,004
2010 1,154 43,742
2000 97 40,560
1990 948 38,652
1980 637 36,063
1970 360 30,949
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   477 Female:   505
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 36
Age 5 to 19 147
Age 20 to 34 97
Age 35 to 54 295
Age 55 to 64 232
Age 65 and over 175
Median Age 48.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.5%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,713
Median family income $66,875
Median household income $60,441
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $55,179
Female $39,306
Individuals below the poverty level 6.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 560 639
Employed 543 622
Unemployed 17 17
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $21 n
Average Weekly Wage $718 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $32 n
Average Weekly Wage $657 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $53 $96
Average Weekly Wage $681 $937
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $54 $21
Average Weekly Wage $507 $700
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $107 $117
Average Weekly Wage $593 $894

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) Region: 10
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-8
Total Enrollment 98
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 30
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 2008
L & M Auto Auto repair 2008
OneWay Auto Repair Auto repair 2014

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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 14.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 20.4%
Commuting to another NH community 70.9%
Commuting out-of-state 8.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists 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
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee
   
Other: Youth Field Hockey

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/02/17

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