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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

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 2
State Senate District 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 888 over 58 years, from 272 in 1960 to 1,160 in 2018. 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 2018 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,160 residents, which ranked 177th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 35.8 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, 2018 $1,547,515
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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.27
2018 Equalization Ratio 102.1
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.79
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings66.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings2.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other31.2%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 668
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 565
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 4
Five or More Units in Structure 17
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 82
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 1,160 43,144
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) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   437 Female:   469
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 62
Age 5 to 19 139
Age 20 to 34 112
Age 35 to 54 238
Age 55 to 64 187
Age 65 and over 168
Median Age 48.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.2%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,284
Median family income $79,500
Median household income $64,318
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $63,000
Female $40,132
Individuals below the poverty level 7.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 568 633
Employed 546 619
Unemployed 22 14
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $20 n
Average Weekly Wage $685 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $52 n
Average Weekly Wage $764 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $72 $99
Average Weekly Wage $743 $832
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $58 $20
Average Weekly Wage $551 $704
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $130 $119
Average Weekly Wage $657 $810

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 100
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; Colby-Sawyer; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 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 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 13.2%
Worked at home 13.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 20.9%
Commuting to another NH community 74.9%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
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, 2020. Community Response Received 6/4/18

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