Lempster, NH

Community Contact Town of Lempster
Gayle Newton, Town Clerk
PO Box 33
Lempster, NH 03605
Telephone (603) 863-3213 or 863-2698
Fax (603) 863-8105
E-mail lempsternh@wildblue.net
Web Site www.lempsternh.org
Municipal Office Hours Business Office: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, 8 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm, Thursday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Friday, 8 am - 1 pm, and Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon, closed Tuesday
County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Newport NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 2
State Senate
District 8
State Representative
Sullivan County District 4
Incorporated: 1761
Origin: This territory was originally granted in 1735 by Massachusetts Governor Belcher as Number 9, the ninth in a line of forts established to guard against Indian attacks. It was regranted in 1753 by Governor Benning Wentworth under the name Dupplin, after Sir Thomas Hay, Lord Dupplin of Scotland, who had been in charge of the settlement of Nova Scotia. The town was granted yet again in 1761 as Lempster, named for Sir Thomas Fermor of Lempster, England, who was a Wentworth relation. Settlers were not able to meet the prescribed terms, so a regrant charter was issued in 1767. By 1770 only eight families had settled there, and a charter extension was requested of and issued by Governor John Wentworth in 1772.
Villages and Place Names: Dodge Hollow, East Lempster, Keyes Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 415 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Lempster totaled 667 over 50 years, from 309 in 1950 to 976 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 49 percent increase over the next decade. The 2008 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,088 residents, which ranked 179th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 33.7 persons per square mile of land area. Lempster contains 32.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $909,969
Budget: School Appropriations, 2008 $3,745,219
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:
Conservation

Public Library Miner Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 15 miles 25

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
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access No
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Satellite
Residential
Satellite

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.69
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.64

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
94.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
3.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 698
2008 Single-Family Units 581
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
7
2008 Multi-Family Units 18
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 99
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 1,088 42,591
2000 976 40,560
1990 948 38,652
1980 637 36,063
1970 360 30,949

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
494
Female
477

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
52
Age 5 to 19
203
Age 20 to 34
138
Age 35 to 54
352
Age 55 to 64
89
Age 65 and over
137
Median Age
41.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
15.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $19,172
Median 4-person family income $45,385
Median household income $40,458

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$31,484
Female
$22,566

Families below the poverty level 3.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
519 572
Employed
495 551
Unemployed
24 21
Unemployment Rate
4.6% 3.7%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
21 20
Average Weekly Wage
$528 $685
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
78 52
Average Weekly Wage
$355 $764
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
99 72
Average Weekly Wage
$392 $743
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
11 58
Average Weekly Wage
$256 $551
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
110 130
Average Weekly Wage
$378 $657
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-8 are part of Goshen-Lempster Cooperative (Goshen, Lempster); grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Newport, Sunapee, Kearsarge, Keene, Fall Mountain, or Claremont District:SAU 71
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley Technical Center, Newport or Claremont Region:10
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
169
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:0 Total Capacity:0
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Colby-Sawyer; New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Jolly Roger Moto-Sports Park (seasonal) Motor sports park 6 1996
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 2008
Sturgeon's General Store Convenience store 2-3 2008
Ashuelot Valley Outdoor Small Engine repair & sales 1-2 2006

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 7
Distance 18 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, Newport
Runway
3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 38 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
49 miles
Portland, ME
142 miles
Boston, MA
102 miles
New York City, NY
242 miles
Montreal, Quebec
226 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
73.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
15.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.8%
Other Means
0.8%
Worked at home
7.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
76%
Commuting out-of-state
4%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Mount Sunapee
Other:

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

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