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Lincoln, NH

lincoln New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Lincoln
Alfred Burbank, 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 Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

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 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 1
State Representative Grafton County District 5

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 530 over 57 years, from 1,228 in 1960 to 1,758 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 31 percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2017 Census estimate for Lincoln was 1,758 residents, which ranked 148th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 13.4 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, 2018 $8,162,631
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $4,666,133
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 Volunteer
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 25

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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.41
2017 Equalization Ratio 91.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.46
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,123
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,846
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 570
Five or More Units in Structure 606
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 101
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 1,758 89,386
2010 1,662 89,118
2000 1,271 81,826
1990 1,230 74,998
1980 1,313 65,806
1970 1,341 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   710 Female:   573
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 29
Age 5 to 19 187
Age 20 to 34 296
Age 35 to 54 225
Age 55 to 64 343
Age 65 and over 123
Median Age 49.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 15.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,034
Median family income $56,932
Median household income $50,238
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $32,222
Female $30,089
Individuals below the poverty level 15.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 773 728
Employed 744 708
Unemployed 29 20
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n n
Average Weekly Wage n n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,002 $1,952
Average Weekly Wage $657 $563
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $150 $154
Average Weekly Wage $640 $770
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $2,152 $2,106
Average Weekly Wage $656 $578

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 Region: 3
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
Total Enrollment 138 62 101
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 71
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 62.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.5%
Other Means 8.6%
Worked at home 15.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 13.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 77.9%
Commuting to another NH community 20.6%
Commuting out-of-state 1.5%
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 Tourists 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, August 2019. Community Response Received 5/30/18

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