Nestled in the Connecticut River Valley, Lebanon, New Hampshire is a healthy, vibrant community where everyday living is a mix of rural life and the cultural experience of a big city.

A recent USA Today study listed Lebanon as a “micropolitan” area. This designation bridges the gap between rural and metropolitan areas, and these in-between communities have a small city at their center.

In his book “Boomtown USA: The 7 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” Jack Schultz coined the word “agurb” to define a city of less than 20,000 that is set in a rural area, experiences six-percent growth each year and offers full services to its residents. Lebanon was one of only three cities in New England to be designated as such. In the June 2015 issue of Livability Magazine, Lebanon was listed as the best city in the United States to live in. This is due to its way of life, schools, parks and engaging residents.

Lebanon and West Lebanon are two halves of a whole and share a middle school, high school and city government. However, they utilize separate fire stations, post offices and ZIP codes. Whenever Lebanon is mentioned in this booklet, the inclusion of West Lebanon is implied.