Lempster, New Hampshire

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Lempster is a town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 971 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 1,125.[1]



First granted by colonial governor Jonathan Belcher in 1735 as Number 9 (ninth in a line of forts to guard against Indian attacks), it was regranted in 1753 as Dupplin, after Sir Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, by Governor Benning Wentworth. The town was re-granted one final time in 1767 as Lempster, after one of the titles of a Sir Thomas Farmer of "Lempster"[2] (presumably Leominster in England), and incorporated in 1772.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.8 square miles (85 km2), of which 32.3 sq mi (84 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) is water, comprising 1.31% of the town. The highest point in Lempster is the summit of Bean Mountain, at 2,326 feet (709 m) above sea level. Lempster lies mostly within the Connecticut River watershed, with the southeastern corner of town lying in the Ashuelot River watershed.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 971 people, 387 households, and 275 families residing in the town. The 2003 census estimate for the town was 1,044 residents. The population density was 30.0 people per square mile (11.6/km²). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 17.8/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 2.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.21% of the population.

There were 387 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.90.

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