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Community Contact Town of Walpole
Sarah Downing, Administration Manager
PO Box 729
  Walpole, NH 03608
Telephone (603) 756-3672
Fax (603) 756-9209
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectboard/Administration Manager: Monday to Thursday, 8-4, Friday, 8-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 7-6, Tuesday, 9-7:30, Wednesday, 9-5, Thursday, 8-4:30, closed daily 12-1 and on Fridays
County Cheshire County
Labor Market Area Charlestown, NH LMA
Tourism Region Monadnock Region
Planning Commission Southwest Region Planning
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 10
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 5, 15
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: 1245 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Walpole totaled 679 over 50 years, from 2,966 in 1970 to 3,645 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 12 percent increase from 1990 to 2000. The town's population decreased by two percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Walpole was 3,702 residents, which ranked 102nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 103.8 persons per square mile of land area. Walpole contains 35.7 square miles of land area and 1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $4,537,202
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $7,167,706
Zoning Ordinance 1950/19
Master Plan 2022
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
    Appointed: Conservation; Community Power; Hooper Institute; Recreation; Police Station Building
Public Library North Walpole Public; Walpole Town

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene 18 miles   94
Valley Regional, Claremont 19 miles   25

Electric Supplier Liberty Utilities
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 Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Comcast; 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 $16.33
2022 Equalization Ratio 99.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.27
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 80.3%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 17.2%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.5%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,618
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,159
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 317
    Five or More Units in Structure 76
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 66

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 3,702   77,463
   2020 3,645   76,458
   2010 3,729   77,117
   2000 3,597   73,825
   1990 3,215   70,121
   1980 3,188   62,116

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,799 Female   1,852
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 327
      Age 5 to 19 678
      Age 20 to 34 605
      Age 35 to 54 869
      Age 55 to 64 401
      Age 65 and over 771
            Median Age 41 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 2,529
      High school graduation or higher 90.7%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 32.2%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $43,916
Median Family Income $109,823
Median Household Income $83,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $61,574
      Female $42,039
Individuals below poverty level 8.2%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 2,261   2,327
    Employed 2,180   2,282
    Unemploymed 81   45
    Unemployment rate 3.6%   1.9%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  504  632
    Average Weekly Wage  $857  $1,125
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  729  772
    Average Weekly Wage  $761  $897
Total Private  
    Average Employment  1,233  1,403
    Average Weekly Wage  $800  $1,000
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  111  164
    Average Weekly Wage  $316  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  1,344  1,568
    Average Weekly Wage  $760  $965
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Fall Mountain Regional (Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Langdon, Walpole) District: SAU 60
Career Technology Center: Fall Mountain RHS - CTE; Cheshire Career Center (Keene)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1    
Grade Levels K 1-4 5-8    
Total Enrollment 177 113    
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest College or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; Franklin Pierce

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     2   Capacity:     67

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Bensonwood & Unity Homes Manufacturer of wood framed and energy efficient homes 120 1974
Walpole Savings Bank Banking services 93 1875
Len-Tex Corp. Wall coverings 81 1993
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolate Chocolate products & cafe 55 1992
Chamberlain Machine, Inc. Hydrolic pump and precision machine parts 50 1949
JH Dunning Corp. Point of purchase displays & specialty cases 31 1906
Mr. G's Liquidation Center, LLC Discount retail 27 1990
EE Houghton Co. Inc. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, utilities contracting 26 1948
Cold River Materials Sand, gravel, hot-mix, crushed ledge products 21 1997
Burdick & Burns, LLC Grocery store & restaurant 47 2003
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
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. RR
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Claremont Municipal Runway  3,098 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   40 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 80 miles
    Portland, Maine 172 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 145 miles
    New York City, New York 222 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 227 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 78.4%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 10.6%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.5%
  Traveled by other means: 0.9%
  Worked at home: 9.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 25.0 minutes
Work in community of residence: 72.8%
Commute to other NH community: 6.6%
Commute out-of-state: 20.6%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X 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
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Granite Gorge (NH) & Okemo (VT)