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Walpole, NH

walpole New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Walpole
Sarah Downing, Administration Manager
PO Box 729
Walpole, NH 03608
Telephone (603) 756-3672
Fax (603) 756-9209
E-mail sdowning@walpolenh.us
Web Site www.walpolenh.us

Municipal Office Hours Selectboard/Administration Manager: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 8-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 7-6, Tuesday, 9-7:30, Wednesday, 9-5, Thursday, 8-4:30, closed daily 12-1 and on Fridays

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 5, 15

Incorporated: 1752
Origin: This territory was first granted by the Massachusetts government in 1736 as No. 3, the third in a line of settlements along the east side of the Connecticut River which was sometimes called Great Falls. In 1752, Governor Benning Wentworth granted the territory to Benjamin Bellows and others as Walpole in honor of Sir Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister of England. Colonel Benjamin Bellows, for whom Bellows Falls, Vermont, was named, built a large fort at Walpole for defense against Indian attack, and had surveyed most of the Connecticut River towns. The grant was renewed in 1781 due to the Indian wars making completion of grant terms impractical.
Villages and Place Names: Drewsville, North Walpole
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,245 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Walpole totaled 679 over 50 years, from 2,966 in 1970 to 3,645 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Walpole was 3,702 residents, which ranked 102nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 103.8 persons per square mile of land area. Walpole contains 35.7 square miles of land area and 1.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $4,537,202
Budget: School Appropriations, 2023-2024 $7,167,706
Zoning Ordinance 1950/19
Master Plan 2022
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; Community Power; Hooper Institute; Recreation; Police Station Building
Public Library North Walpole Public; Walpole Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 18 miles 94
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier N. Walpole/Walpole Water
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Comcast; Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $16.33
2022 Equalization Ratio 99.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.27
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings17.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,640
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,175
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 319
Five or More Units in Structure 106
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 40
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 3,702 77,350
2020 3,633 76,458
2010 3,734 77,117
2000 3,598 73,993
1990 3,215 70,223
1980 3,188 62,116
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,696 Female:   1,959
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 362
Age 5 to 19 548
Age 20 to 34 740
Age 35 to 54 821
Age 55 to 64 424
Age 65 and over 760
Median Age 41.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 2,624
High school graduate or higher 91.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 34.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,766
Median family income $99,652
Median household income $71,607
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,278
Female $39,375
Individuals below the poverty level 8.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,261 2,339
Employed 2,180 2,289
Unemployed 81 50
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 504 632
Average Weekly Wage $857 $1,125
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 729 772
Average Weekly Wage $761 $897
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,233 1,403
Average Weekly Wage $800 $1,000
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 111 165
Average Weekly Wage $317 $671
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,344 1,568
Average Weekly Wage $760 $965

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 Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 177 113
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 67
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; Franklin Pierce

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Bensonwood & Unity Homes Manufacturer of wood framed and energy efficient homes 120 1974
Walpole Savings Bank Banking services 93 1875
Len-Tex Corp. Wall coverings 81 1993
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolate 55 1992
Chamberlain Machine, Inc. Hydrolic pump and precision machine parts 50 1949
JH Dunning Corp. Point of purchase displays & specialty cases 31 1906
Mr. G's Liquidation Center, LLC Discount retail 27 1990
EE Houghton Co. Inc. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, utilities contracting 26 1948
Cold River Materials Sand, gravel, hot-mix, crushed ledge products 21 1997
Burdick & Burns, LLC Grocery store & restaurant 47 2003

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12, 123
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exits 5 - 6
Distance 5 miles; 4 miles
Railroad Green Mtn. RR
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont MunicipalRunway3,098 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 40 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 80 miles
Portland, ME 172 miles
Boston, MA 145 miles
New York City, NY 222 miles
Montreal, Quebec 227 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,789
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 12.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 27.7%
Commuting to another NH community 48.4%
Commuting out-of-state 23.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X 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
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Granite Gorge (NH) & Okemo (VT)

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/11/23

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