Lee, NH

Community Contact Town of Lee
Diane L. Guimond, Town Administrator
7 Mast Road
Lee, NH 03861
Telephone (603) 659-5414
Fax (603) 659-7202
E-mail dguimond@leenh.org
Web Site www.leenh.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday and Friday, 8 am - 4 pm, closed Thursday
County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Southeast Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 3
State Senate
District 21
State Representative
Strafford County District 7
Incorporated: 1766
Origin: Established in 1766 following separation from Durham, Lee was one of the last among the 129 towns chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was named for General Charles Lee, friend and kin of the Governor, who had fought with George Washington and others during the French and Indian Wars. Lee also fought under Washington during the American Revolution, and in doing so, forfeited estates in England. Lee is the location of Wheelwright Pond, a noted scenic area, which was part of the claim issued to Reverend John Wheelwright, founder of Exeter.
Villages and Place Names: Glenmere, Lee Five Corners, South Lee, Wadleigh Falls
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,029 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Lee totaled 3,594 over 50 years, from 575 in 1950 to 4,169 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 75 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the three decades prior to that all had a population change of at least 40 percent. The 2008 Census estimate for Lee was 4,461 residents, which ranked 85th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 223.3 persons per square mile of land area. Lee contains 20.0 square miles of land area and 0.2 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $3,196,065
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $10,910,600
Zoning Ordinance 1966/06
Master Plan 2006
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Cemetery; Trust Funds; Budget; Town Clerk/Tax Collector; Moderator; Checklist
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning

Public Library Lee Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Wentworth-Douglass, Dover 10 miles 134
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 13 miles 97

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Comcast, Fairpoint, AT&T
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $25.57
2008 Equalization Ratio 104.9
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $26.26

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
88.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings
10.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,703
2008 Single-Family Units 1,161
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2008 Multi-Family Units 365
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 177
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 4,461 121,914
2000 4,169 112,676
1990 3,699 104,348
1980 2,111 85,324
1970 1,481 70,431

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,077
Female
2,068

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
270
Age 5 to 19
1,092
Age 20 to 34
680
Age 35 to 54
1,518
Age 55 to 64
289
Age 65 and over
296
Median Age
35.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
95.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
52.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $23,905
Median 4-person family income $62,330
Median household income $57,993

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$41,354
Female
$29,651

Families below the poverty level 4.3%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
2,316 2,651
Employed
2,279 2,568
Unemployed
37 83
Unemployment Rate
1.6% 3.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
69 86
Average Weekly Wage
$467 $513
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
779 902
Average Weekly Wage
$335 $479
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
847 988
Average Weekly Wage
$345 $482
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
108 135
Average Weekly Wage
$463 $708
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
955 1,123
Average Weekly Wage
$359 $509
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Oyster River Cooperative (Durham, Lee, Madbury) District:SAU 5
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Voc. Center; Somersworth Reg. Voc. Center; Creteau Voc. Center, Rochester Region:12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-4
Total Enrollment
344
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:2 Total Capacity:69
Nearest Community/Technical College:Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities:University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Market Basket Supermarket 120 1993
S & J Transportation Trucking, leasing, sales 40 1992
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 35 1995
Wendy's Fast food restaurant 35 2004
125 Family Restaurant Restaurant 20
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20
Mobil Mart w/ Pizza Hut Express Convenience store, gas 15
University of New Hampshire Education
Sunoco Mart Convenience store, gas 15 2002

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 4
State Routes 125, 152, 155
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 6; I-95, Exit 5
Distance 10 miles; 15 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Pease International
Runway
11,321 ft. asphalt/concrete
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 33 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
30 miles
Portland, ME
67 miles
Boston, MA
61 miles
New York City, NY
264 miles
Montreal, Quebec
284 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
82.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
7.1%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.9%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
8.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
16%
Commuting to another NH community
70%
Commuting out-of-state
15%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Moose Mountain, Gunstock
Other:Lee USA Speedway; Lee County Fair; Library events

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/17/09

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