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Community Contact Town of Lempster
Linda Callahan, Town Clerk
856 NH Route 10
  Lempster, NH 03605
Telephone (603) 863-3213 or (603) 863-2698
Fax (603) 863-8105
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Business Office: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-4, Thursday, 8-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday to Wednesday, 8-5:30, Friday, 8-12, first and last Saturday each month, 8-12
County Sullivan County
Labor Market Area Newport, NH Labor Market Area
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Sunapee Region
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee Region
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 5
State Senate District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 4, 8
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 761 over 50 years, from 360 in 1970 to 1,121 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 77 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population decreased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Lempster was 1,152 residents, which ranked 180th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 35.6 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,2021 $1,740,974
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $3,417,334
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
    Appointed: Conservation; joint Loss
Public Library Miner Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Sullivan County Sheriff
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 15 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $23.65
2022 Equalization Ratio 62.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.64
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 89.8%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 4.1%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 6.1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 655
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 592
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 0
    Five or More Units in Structure 3
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 60

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 1,152   43,918
   2020 1,121   43,063
   2010 1,156   43,742
   2000 985   40,458
   1990 948   38,592
   1980 637   36,063

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   455 Female   502
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 71
      Age 5 to 19 168
      Age 20 to 34 128
      Age 35 to 54 259
      Age 55 to 64 139
      Age 65 and over 192
            Median Age 43.2 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 692
      High school graduation or higher 89.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 22.7%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $33,914
Median Family Income $98,500
Median Household Income $89,000
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $59,231
      Female $45,208
Individuals below poverty level 7.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 656   626
    Employed 623   614
    Unemploymed 33   12
    Unemployment rate 5.0%   1.9%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  50
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $967
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  59
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $891
Total Private  
    Average Employment  57  109
    Average Weekly Wage  $951  $926
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  63  28
    Average Weekly Wage  $606  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  121  136
    Average Weekly Wage  $764  $842
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Lempster operates K-8; grades 9-12 are tuitioned to Claremont, Newport, or Sunapee District: SAU 71
Career Technology Center: Sugar River Valley RTC (Claremont; Newport)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1      
Grade Levels K 1-8      
Total Enrollment 114      
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest College or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; Colby-Sawyer; New England

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     0   Capacity:     0

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Lempster Wind, LLC Wind farm 4-6 2008
OneWay Auto Repair Auto repair 2014
Bonnie Plants Greenhouse, growers 2018
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
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 Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   38 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 56 miles
    Portland, Maine 149 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 107 miles
    New York City, New York 243 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 225 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 78.1%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 12.7%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 1.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 8.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 35.8 minutes
Work in community of residence: 60.3%
Commute to other NH community: 31.4%
Commute out-of-state: 8.2%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Mount Sunapee