Walpole, NH

Community Contact

Town of Walpole
Board of Selectmen
Janet Clough, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 729
Walpole, NH 03608

Telephone (603) 756-3672
Fax (603) 756-9209
E-mail jclough@walpolenh.us
Web Site www.walpolenh.us
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7 am - 4 pm, and Wednesday, 7 am - 4 pm and 6 pm - 7 pm
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: 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 1,062 over 50 years, from 2,536 in 1950 to 3,598 in 2000. 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 2008 Census estimate for Walpole was 3,675 residents, which ranked 99th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 103.0 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, 2006 $3,011,474
Budget: School Appropriations, not available
Zoning Ordinance 1950/07
Master Plan 1998
Capital Improvement Plan Pending
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library North Walpole Public; Walpole Town

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

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 18 miles 146
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier National Grid
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier N. Walpole/Walpole Water

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

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.45
2008 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.42

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
81.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
13.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
4.7%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 1,695
2008 Single-Family Units 1,267
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
4
2008 Multi-Family Units 354
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 74
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 3,675 77,170
2000 3,598 73,993
1990 3,215 70,223
1980 3,188 62,116
1970 2,966 52,364

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
1,725
Female
1,869

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
216
Age 5 to 19
759
Age 20 to 34
511
Age 35 to 54
1,125
Age 55 to 64
342
Age 65 and over
641
Median Age
40.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
31.4%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $23,295
Median 4-person family income $53,561
Median household income $44,673

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$37,193
Female
$24,323

Families below the poverty level 3.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,675 1,959
Employed
1,631 1,896
Unemployed
44 63
Unemployment Rate
2.6% 3.2%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
432 552
Average Weekly Wage
$527 $743
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
720 732
Average Weekly Wage
$581 $821
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
1,152 1,283
Average Weekly Wage
$561 $788
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
51 94
Average Weekly Wage
$373 $321
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
1,204 1,377
Average Weekly Wage
$553 $756
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 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
2 1
Grade Levels
K 1-4 5-8
Total Enrollment
180 180
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:3 Total Capacity:87
Nearest Community/Technical College:River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Keene State; Franklin Pierce Law; Antioch New England

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Hubbard Farms, Inc. Poultry breeder 25 1931
Whitney Blake Coiled cords 105 1965
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 88
Frank W. Whitcomb Sand, gravel, hot mix 85 1932
Len-Tex, Inc. Wallpaper 55 1993
RN Johnson Agricultural equipment 54 1929
Cold River Materials Sand, gravel 30 1997
Walpole Savings Bank Banking services 25 1875
Hicks Machine, Inc. Machine shop 20 1950

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
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. New England Central
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 40 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
66 miles
Portland, ME
159 miles
Boston, MA
103 miles
New York City, NY
224 miles
Montreal, Quebec
227 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.4%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
2.5%
Other Means
1.4%
Worked at home
7.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
31%
Commuting to another NH community
46%
Commuting out-of-state
22%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X 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
X 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):Mount Ascutney & Okemo (VT)
Other:

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/21/09

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