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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 1,178 over 57 years, from 2,825 in 1960 to 4,003 in 2017. 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 2017 Census estimate for Walpole was 4,003 residents, which ranked 96th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 112.2 persons per square mile of land area. Walpole contains 35.6 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $4,608,947
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 91
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; 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.17
2017 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.01
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings76.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other7.5%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,722
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,383
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 264
Five or More Units in Structure 66
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 9
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,003 75,960
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,968 Female:   1,779
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 161
Age 5 to 19 601
Age 20 to 34 691
Age 35 to 54 1,109
Age 55 to 64 501
Age 65 and over 684
Median Age 45.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,980
Median family income $90,875
Median household income $69,375
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,432
Female $40,389
Individuals below the poverty level 4.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,978 2,321
Employed 1,921 2,276
Unemployed 57 45
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 1.9%

(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 173 141
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 Handmade Chocolate Chocolate products & café 55 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
Burns & Goins 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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.6%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 31.2%
Commuting to another NH community 45.1%
Commuting out-of-state 23.7%
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,December 2018. Community Response Received 7/30/18

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