Alstead, NH

Community Contact Alstead Board of Selectmen
Linda Christie, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 60
Alstead, NH 03602
Telephone (603) 835-2986
Fax (603) 835-2178
E-mail townofalstead@comcast.net
Web Site www.alsteadnh.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Wednesday, 8 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 5:45 pm, closed Friday
County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
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 8
State Representative
Cheshire County District 2
Incorporated: 1763
Origin: Alstead began in 1735 as the fourth in a line of nine forts intended to protect southwestern New Hampshire from Indian attacks. The town was named for Johann Heinrich Alsted, a German professor whose Encyclopaedia (1630) was popular at Harvard, where Governor Benning Wentworth had been a student. According to the Town of Alstead municipal website, Alstead was one of the towns that wavered in its allegiance after the Revolutionary War. In April 1781 the citizens decided to join Vermont, but returned to New Hampshire authority early the next year. Alstead was the location of New Hampshire's first paper mill, established in 1793 on the Cold River.
Villages and Place Names: Alstead Center, East Alstead, Mill Hollow
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,111 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Alstead totaled 1,097 over 50 years, from 851 in 1950 to 1,948 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 41 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, close to one-third of the total numeric change. The 2008 Census estimate for Alstead was 2,098 residents, which ranked 134th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 53.8 persons per square mile of land area. Alstead contains 39.0 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2008 $1,600,000
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1987/06
Master Plan 2007
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Conservation

Public Library Shedd-Porter Memorial

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 17 miles 146
Valley Regional, Claremont 22 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; Granite State
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $23.41
2008 Equalization Ratio 89.5
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $20.92

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
95.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
2.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
2.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,023
2008 Single-Family Units 804
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
5
2008 Multi-Family Units 110
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 109
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 2,098 77,170
2000 1,948 73,993
1990 1,724 70,223
1980 1,461 62,116
1970 1,185 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
993
Female
951

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
120
Age 5 to 19
434
Age 20 to 34
268
Age 35 to 54
702
Age 55 to 64
174
Age 65 and over
246
Median Age
39.5 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
86.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
27.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $20,444
Median 4-person family income $47,311
Median household income $43,191

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,481
Female
$23,785

Families below the poverty level 3.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
948 1,213
Employed
924 1,172
Unemployed
24 41
Unemployment Rate
2.5% 3.4%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
136 72
Average Weekly Wage
$569 $591
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
59 55
Average Weekly Wage
$389 $500
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
195 127
Average Weekly Wage
$515 $552
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
17 21
Average Weekly Wage
$362 $600
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
212 148
Average Weekly Wage
$502 $559
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 is part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) District:SAU 60
Career Technology Center(s): Cheshire Center of Applied Science, Keene; Fall Mountain High School, Langdon Region:13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-5 5-8
Total Enrollment
118 107
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:2 Total Capacity:55
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Blanceflower Lumber Retail, wholesale lumber 15 1953
Benson's Woodworking Company Timber frame houses 10 1972
Fuller Machine Company Job machine shop 5

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 12A, 123, 123A
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 6
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Claremont Municipal
Runway
3,100 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 42 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
67 miles
Portland, ME
152 miles
Boston, MA
114 miles
New York City, NY
230 miles
Montreal, Quebec
223 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.1%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
2.9%
Other Means
0.0%
Worked at home
7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
20%
Commuting to another NH community
65%
Commuting out-of-state
15%
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
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Okemo
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 10/08/09

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