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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 District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 419 over 49 years, from 1,341 in 1970 to 1,760 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 31 percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2019 Census estimate for Lincoln was 1,760 residents, which ranked 148th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 13.5 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, 2020 $9,956,933
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $4,790,717
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 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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.58
2019 Equalization Ratio 82.0
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.86
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,101
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,307
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 360
Five or More Units in Structure 339
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 95
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,760 89,886
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   475 Female:   470
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 6
Age 5 to 19 107
Age 20 to 34 230
Age 35 to 54 117
Age 55 to 64 194
Age 65 and over 291
Median Age 55.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.6%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,771
Median family income $58,967
Median household income $52,857
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $41,146
Female $28,398
Individuals below the poverty level 8.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 771 738
Employed 713 716
Unemployed 58 22
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 191 n
Average Weekly Wage $675 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,536 n
Average Weekly Wage $414 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,727 2,006
Average Weekly Wage $443 $563
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 156 160
Average Weekly Wage $675 $804
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,883 2,166
Average Weekly Wage $462 $581

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 156 57 75
2020 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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 53.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 16.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.4%
Other Means 20.5%
Worked at home 1.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 11.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 78.2%
Commuting to another NH community 20.8%
Commuting out-of-state 1.0%
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, 2021. Community Response Received 7/1/19

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