Lyme New Hampshire Community Profile

Lyme new hampshire community profile
Lyme, NH
Community Contact Lyme Board of Selectmen
Dina Cutting, Selectmen's Secretary/Bookkeeper
PO Box 126
Lyme, NH 03768

Telephone (603) 795-4639
Fax (603) 795-4637
E-mail dina@lymenh.gov
Web Site http://www.lymenh.gov/Home/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am - 12:30 pm; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, 9 am - 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Friday, 9 am - 12:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Lebanon NH-VT Micro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 2
State Representative
Grafton County District 9
Incorporated: 1761

Origin: This was another of the many towns granted along the Connecticut River in 1761. Lyme takes its name from Old Lyme, which lies at the mouth of the Connecticut River. For many years, the town's name was spelled as Lime in official state documents, however this eventually was decreed a misspelling. Most of the original grantees were from Palmer and Brimfield in Massachusetts, or from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Lyme was one of the 16 towns involved in a protracted border dispute with the independent state of Vermont, before it was admitted to the Union in 1791.

Villages and Place Names: Lyme, Lyme Center

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 816 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Lyme totaled 757 over 50 years, from 924 in 1950 to 1,681 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was 19 percent between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was eight percent between 1960 and 1970. The 2006 Census estimate for Lyme was 1,701 residents, which ranked 152nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 31.6 persons per square mile of land area. Lyme contains 53.8 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $1,920,096
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $4,117,744
Zoning Ordinance 1989/06
Master Plan 1988
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Zoning Admin.

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

Public Library Converse Free

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 12 miles 396
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 16 miles 32

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier NH Electric Coop; VT Public Service
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
Mandatory

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

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.87
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.64

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
92.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings
4.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 793
   
2006 Single-Family Units 695
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
7
2006 Multi-Family Units 75
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 23
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,701 85,336
2000 1,681 81,826
1990 1,533 74,998
1980 1,289 65,806
1970 1,112 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
829
Female
850

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
92
Age 5 to 19
364
Age 20 to 34
182
Age 35 to 54
579
Age 55 to 64
225
Age 65 and over
237
Median Age
42.6 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
56.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $35,887
Median 4-person family income $64,531
Median household income $57,250

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$40,789
Female
$32,917

Families below the poverty level 1.7%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
924 1,025
Employed
908 999
Unemployed
16 26
Unemployment Rate
1.7% 2.5%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
108 99
Average Weekly Wage
$557 $1,548
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
361 241
Average Weekly Wage
$463 $954
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
469 340
Average Weekly Wage
$485 $1,127
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
48 68
Average Weekly Wage
$457 $602
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
517 407
Average Weekly Wage
$482 $1,040
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Lyme operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tutioned to Dresden Cooperative (Hanover NH and Norwich VT) District: SAU 76
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 07

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-8 K 1-8
Total Enrollment
183 146
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 147
Nearest Community/Technical College: Claremont
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University; Lebanon
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Dartmouth Skiway Ski area 119 pt
Town of Lyme Municipal services 84 pt 1761
Dowd's Country Inn Hotel 81 pt
Lyme School District Education 44 pt
Loch Lyme Lodge Hotel 42 pt
Estates & Gallup General contractors 36 pt
Alden Country Inn Hotel 35 pt
CrossRoads Academy Education 28 pt
Green Mountain Studios Mail order wholesaler 26 pt
Wagner Forest Management, Ltd. Forest management 24 pt
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes
  State Routes 10
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 14
         Distance 3 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Lebanon Municipal
Runway
5,496 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 16 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
86 miles
Portland, ME
171 miles
Boston, MA
136 miles
New York City, NY
280 miles
Montreal, Quebec
193 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
76.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
13.6%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.0%
Other Means
0.2%
Worked at home
8.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.1 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
25%
Commuting to another NH community
64%
Commuting out-of-state
11%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
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
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Dartmouth Skiway
   
Other: Appalachian Trail
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/20/07

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