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Lyme New Hampshire Town Info and Profile
Lyme New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Lyme Board of Selectmen
Dina Cutting, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 126
Lyme, NH 03768
Telephone (603) 795-4639
Fax (603) 795-4637
Web Site

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 2 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 5
State Representative Grafton County District 12

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 Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 816 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Lyme totaled 671 over 52 years, from 1,026 in 1960 to 1,697 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 19 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the smallest change was two percent between 2000 and 2010. The 2012 Census estimate for Lyme was 1,697 residents, which ranked 149th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 31.9 persons per square mile of land area. Lyme contains 53.8 square miles of land area and 0.9 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $1,997,079
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $5,711,144
Zoning Ordinance 1989/08
Master Plan 1988
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Zoning Administration
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:Zoning; Library; Conservation; Recreation; Heritage; Energy
Public Library Converse Free

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr, Lebanon 12 miles 388
Alice Peck Day Memorial, Lebanon 16 miles 25

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 PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.90
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.77
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings92.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings5.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 837
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 759
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 19
Five or More Units in Structure 33
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 26
Total Population Community County
2012 1,697 89,181
2010 1,716 89,118
2000 1,681 81,826
1990 1,533 74,998
1980 1,289 65,806
1970 1,112 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   924 Female:   933
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 92
Age 5 to 19 384
Age 20 to 34 137
Age 35 to 54 641
Age 55 to 64 280
Age 65 and over 323
Median Age 45 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 62.0%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $59,353
Median family income $122,813
Median household income $101,667
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $93,393
Female $54,833
Individuals below the poverty level 2.7%

Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 969 1,020
Employed 948 990
Unemployed 21 30
Unemployment Rate 2.2% 2.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 117 80
Average Weekly Wage $955 $2,787
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 248 233
Average Weekly Wage $597 $801
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 365 313
Average Weekly Wage $712 $1,311
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 65 75
Average Weekly Wage $519 $760
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 429 388
Average Weekly Wage $683 $1,205
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Lyme operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are tutioned to Dresden Cooperative (Hanover NH and Norwich VT) or Thetford VT SAU 76
Career Technology Center(s): Hartford Area Career and Technical Center, White River Junction VT Region: 7
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 209 139
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 98
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Plymouth State University; Lebanon

Dartmouth Skiway Ski area 119 pt
Town of Lyme Municipal services 84 pt 1761
Dowd's Country Inn Bed & breakfast 81 pt
Lyme School District Education 44 pt
Loch Lyme Lodge Hotel 42 pt
Estates & Gallup General contractors 36 pt
Lyme Inn Bed & breakfast 35 pt
CrossRoads Academy Education 28 pt
Wagner Forest Management, Ltd. Forest management 24 pt

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
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 281 miles
Montreal, Quebec 182 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.8%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 7.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 23.7%
Commuting to another NH community 63.6%
Commuting out-of-state 12.7%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
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
X Fishing/Hunting
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

Source: Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau commpunity profiles
Grafton County profile PDF