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Lyme, NH

lyme New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Lyme Board of Selectmen
Dina Cutting, Town Administrator
PO Box 126
Lyme, NH 03768
Telephone (603) 795-4639
Fax (603) 795-4637
E-mail dina@lymenh.gov
Web Site www.lymenh.gov/Home/

Municipal Office Hours Selectboard: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8-2; Tax Collector: Tuesday, 4-6 or by appointment

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon, NH-VT Micropolitan NECTA, NH part
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 5
State Representative Grafton County District 12

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This was another of the many towns granted along the Connecticut River in 1761. Lyme takes its name from Old Lyme, which lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River. For many years, the town's name was spelled as Lime in official state documents, however this eventually was decreed a misspelling. Most of the original grantees were from Palmer and Brimfield in Massachusetts, or from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Lyme was one of the 16 towns involved in a protracted border dispute with the independent state of Vermont, before it was admitted to the Union in 1791.
Villages and Place Names: Lyme Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 816 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lyme totaled 639 over 50 years, from 1,112 in 1970 to 1,751 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Lyme was 1,757 residents, which ranked 150th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 32.6 persons per square mile of land area. Lyme contains 53.8 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $3,413,697
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $7,874,145
Zoning Ordinance 1989/08
Master Plan 1988
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Zoning Administration
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Zoning; Library; Conservation; Recreation; Heritage; Energy
Public Library Converse Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 12 miles 419
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 16 miles 23

Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; VT Public Service
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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.98
2022 Equalization Ratio 81.7
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.27
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 776
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 707
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 36
Five or More Units in Structure 6
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 27
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,757 91,126
2020 1,745 91,118
2010 1,716 89,118
2000 1,681 81,826
1990 1,533 74,998
1980 1,289 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   800 Female:   858
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 84
Age 5 to 19 280
Age 20 to 34 245
Age 35 to 54 387
Age 55 to 64 251
Age 65 and over 411
Median Age 47.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,202
High school graduate or higher 98.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 67.1%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $76,485
Median family income $139,474
Median household income $125,156
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $126,250
Female $72,174
Individuals below the poverty level 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 855 822
Employed 826 803
Unemployed 29 19
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 80 59
Average Weekly Wage $2,787 $2,622
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 233 235
Average Weekly Wage $801 $953
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 313 294
Average Weekly Wage $1,311 $1,286
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 75 77
Average Weekly Wage $760 $1,043
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 388 371
Average Weekly Wage $1,205 $1,235

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Lyme operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tutioned to Dresden Cooperative (Hanover NH and Norwich VT) or Thetford VT SAU 76
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (VT); River Bend Career & Technical Center (VT)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 193 124
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 74
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Dartmouth Skiway Ski area 75
Town of Lyme Municipal services 25 1761
Dowd's Country Inn Bed & breakfast 28
Lyme School District Education 50
Loch Lyme Lodge Hotel 2 Full-time/7 Seasonal
Estates & Gallup General contractors 32
Lyme Inn Bed & breakfast 2
CrossRoads Academy Education 28
Wagner Forest Management, Ltd. Forest management 12

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 14
Distance 3 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon MunicipalRunway5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 16 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 85 miles
Portland, ME 177 miles
Boston, MA 135 miles
New York City, NY 282 miles
Montreal, Quebec 193 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 785
Drove alone, car/truck/van 67.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 20.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 32.7%
Commuting to another NH community 53.8%
Commuting out-of-state 13.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
Other: Appalachian Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 5/13/22

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