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Lincoln, NH

lincoln New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lincoln
Carina Park, Town Manager
PO Box 25
Lincoln, NH 03251
Telephone (603) 745-2757
Fax (603) 745-6743
E-mail townmanager@lincolnnh.org
Web Site www.lincolnnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Board of Selectmen: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Manager: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 10-5, Wednesday, 10-4, Friday, 10-3

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Grafton County District 3

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: Long before Abraham Lincoln's birth, this town was named in 1764 for Henry Clinton, ninth Earl of Lincoln, a cousin to the Wentworths. He held the position of Comptroller of Customs for the port of London under George II and George III, which was important to trade between America and England. In 1772, on claim of forfeiture by Sir Francis Bernard and others, a regrant was issued. However, a court decision in the case of Landaff and Dartmouth College that such forfeiture was illegal returned ownership to the original grant recipients. A portion of Lincoln, known as Pullman, was one of the earliest lumber towns. Lincoln is second-largest town in land area; only Pittsburg is larger.
Villages and Place Names: North Lincoln, Stillwater
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 22 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lincoln totaled 298 over 50 years, from 1,341 in 1970 to 1,639 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Lincoln was 1,649 residents, which ranked 159th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 12.6 persons per square mile of land area. Lincoln contains 130.8 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Town Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $9,824,950
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $5,077,014
Zoning Ordinance 1986/18
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget; Planning; Zoning
Public Library Lincoln Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 23 miles 25
Littleton Regional, Littleton 28 miles 25
Cottage Hospital, Woodsville 26 miles 35

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Municipal
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramCombo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $10.55
2022 Equalization Ratio 67.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $7.07
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings87.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,786
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,251
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 259
Five or More Units in Structure 199
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 77
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,649 91,126
2020 1,631 91,118
2010 1,662 89,118
2000 1,271 81,826
1990 1,230 74,998
1980 1,313 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   770 Female:   631
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 35
Age 5 to 19 272
Age 20 to 34 236
Age 35 to 54 284
Age 55 to 64 201
Age 65 and over 373
Median Age 46.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,010
High school graduate or higher 84.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,214
Median family income $72,589
Median household income $58,917
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $34,295
Female $31,941
Individuals below the poverty level 2.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 670 717
Employed 618 695
Unemployed 52 22
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 3.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 287
Average Weekly Wage n $997
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 1,732
Average Weekly Wage n $690
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,688 2,020
Average Weekly Wage $469 $734
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 154 147
Average Weekly Wage $701 $945
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,842 2,167
Average Weekly Wage $488 $748

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 Lincoln-Woodstock Cooperative (Lincoln, Woodstock) SAU 68
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 112 87 69
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 71
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Loon Mountain Recreation Corporation Ski, recreation area 86 1965
FCI-Burndy Corporation Electrical connectors 216 1975
Beacon Inc. Hotel, restaurant 100 1970
Indian Head Motel & Resort Hotel, restaurant, recreation 80+ 1962
Lin-Wood School District Education 78 1962
Lincoln Condo Associates Condo management 60 1986
Inn Season Resort Lodging 150 2003
Town of Lincoln Municipal services 32 1764
Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mt., LLC Lodging resort 2016

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 112
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 32, 33 or 34A
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia AirportRunway2,305 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 66 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 81 miles
Portland, ME 96 miles
Boston, MA 131 miles
New York City, NY 331 miles
Montreal, Quebec 191 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 711
Drove alone, car/truck/van 52.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 16.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 14.6%
Other Means 2.3%
Worked at home 14.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 13.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 69.9%
Commuting to another NH community 28.1%
Commuting out-of-state 2.0%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
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
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
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): Loon Mountain, Kanc Recreation
Other: Scenic Railroad; Clark's Trading Post, Whale's Tail Water Park, Alpine Adventures

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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