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Temple, NH

temple New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Temple
Paul Clifton-Waite, Assistant to Selectboard
PO Box 191
Temple, NH 03084
Telephone (603) 878-2536
Fax (603) 878-5067
E-mail boardassistant@templenh.org
Web Site www.templenh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Monday, 7 am - 9 am, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 6 pm, first, third Saturday, 8 am - 11 am; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Tuesday, 12 noon - 6 pm, Wednesday, 9 am - 2 pm, Thursday: 9 am - 1 pm, third Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Hillsborough County District 25

Incorporated: 1768
Origin: This town was part of Peterborough Slip when first granted in 1750, which included what is now Sharon. Temple was incorporated in 1768 as a separate town, and named in honor of John Temple, lieutenant governor under John Wentworth. Temple was a son-in-law to James Bowdoin, for whom Bowdoin College is named. The Temple Glass Works was founded here in 1780 by Robert Hewes of Boston, who employed Hessian glassblowers, former members of the British Army. In 1781 Mr. Hewes petitioned the legislature to allow a lottery to raise funds to keep his glass business going, which was granted. Temple glass is rare and sought after today.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 747 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Temple totaled 981 over 49 years, from 441 in 1970 to 1,422 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 74 percent between 1980 and 1990. The 2019 Census estimate for Temple was 1,422 residents, which ranked 167th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 63.9 persons per square mile of land area. Temple contains 22.3 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $1,441,906
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $2,621,054
Zoning Ordinance 1972/19
Master Plan 2003
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Budget
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation; Recreation; Capital Improvement
Public Library Mansfield Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 10 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.58
2019 Equalization Ratio 99.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.39
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 581
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 539
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 26
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 16
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 1,422 417,025
2010 1,366 400,721
2000 1,309 382,384
1990 1,202 336,549
1980 692 276,608
1970 441 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   637 Female:   631
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 37
Age 5 to 19 148
Age 20 to 34 237
Age 35 to 54 290
Age 55 to 64 293
Age 65 and over 263
Median Age 49.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 39.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,340
Median family income $107,500
Median household income $82,917
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $56,250
Female $59,083
Individuals below the poverty level 8.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 803 776
Employed 762 758
Unemployed 41 18
Unemployment Rate 5.1% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 42
Average Weekly Wage n $805
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 110
Average Weekly Wage n $423
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 113 152
Average Weekly Wage $450 $528
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 16 15
Average Weekly Wage $647 $611
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 130 167
Average Weekly Wage $475 $536

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 Contoocook Valley Cooperative (Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple) SAU 1
Career Technology Center(s): Region 14 Applied Technology Center Region: 14
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-4
Total Enrollment 48
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Franklin Pierce University; Daniel Webster; Rivier

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Timberdoodle Shooting club 4 1972
Wheelands Auto repair 4 1990
Touchstone Farm Horse farm 4 1982
Ben's Sugar Shack Candy & confectionery 7 2007

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 45, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; I-293, Exit 4
Distance 22 miles; 29 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Jaffrey - Silver RanchRunway2,982 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 32 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 34 miles
Portland, ME 128 miles
Boston, MA 69 miles
New York City, NY 222 miles
Montreal, Quebec 266 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.4%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.3%
Other Means 13.3%
Worked at home 11.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 35.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 18.7%
Commuting to another NH community 70.0%
Commuting out-of-state 11.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Crotched Mountain
Other: Temple Mountain State Reservation

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/21/19

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