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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, Administrative Manager: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Thursday, 7 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 7 am - 7 pm, Wednesday, 7 am - 8 am, closed Friday

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 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 10
State Representative Cheshire County District 1

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 886 over 55 years, from 2,825 in 1960 to 3,711 in 2015. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 12 percent between 1990 and 2000; percent change over the three previous decades were all below ten percent. The 2015 Census estimate for Walpole was 3,711 residents, which ranked 100th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2015 (US Census Bureau): 104.0 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, 2017 $4,219,305
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $6,586,551
Zoning Ordinance 1950/16
Master Plan 2001
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Conservation; WRAP; Hooper Institute; Recreation
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 108
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 ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Comcast; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.31
2016 Equalization Ratio 103.1
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.35
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.1%

(ACS 2011-2015) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,688
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,277
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 326
Five or More Units in Structure 85
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2015 3,711 76,430
2010 3,734 77,117
2000 3,598 73,993
1990 3,215 70,223
1980 3,188 62,116
1970 2,966 52,364
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015
Population by Gender
Male:   2,010 Female:   1,701
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 155
Age 5 to 19 676
Age 20 to 34 652
Age 35 to 54 1,078
Age 55 to 64 511
Age 65 and over 639
Median Age 43.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.2%

(ACS 2011-2015) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,071
Median family income $77,802
Median household income $66,613
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $49,141
Female $33,566
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 2,019 2,352
Employed 1,958 2,301
Unemployed 61 51
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 516 569
Average Weekly Wage $691 $871
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 749 691
Average Weekly Wage $654 $832
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,265 1,259
Average Weekly Wage $670 $850
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 73 184
Average Weekly Wage $327 $533
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,338 1,443
Average Weekly Wage $651 $809

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) Region: 13
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
Total Enrollment 175 148
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 102
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; UNH School of Law; Antioch New England

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 Chocolate Chocolate shop & café 50 1992
Chamberlain Machine, Inc. Hydrolic pump and precision machine parts 46 940
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
Frank W. Whitcomb Sand, gravel, hot-mix 14 1932

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 2011-2015) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.0%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 1.2%
Worked at home 5.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 25.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2011-2015)
Working in community of residence 31.5%
Commuting to another NH community 1.2%
Commuting out-of-state 27.3%
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
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 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, November 2017. Community Response Received 08/03/17

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