Quality of Life

Best Small Towns in America

Lebanon has the distinction of being classified as one of the "100 Best Small Towns in America" by author Norman Crampton. In fact, Lebanon was ranked number 3 of the 100 small towns contained in the book. Lebanon is a full service community and serves as the central service center for the Upper Valley.


Lebanon is characterized by ridgelines, surrounding the bottomlands of the Mascoma and Connecticut Rivers, that are accented by a number of prominences giving Lebanon's terrain a strong, undulating form. The Mascoma River serves a dual role of linking the eastern and western ends of the City and of partitioning the north from the south. The Connecticut River serves as a landmark that defines the City limits on the west and ties the northwest section of Lebanon with the southwest corner. The City is approximately 60 miles from Concord, the state capital; 120 miles from Boston; and 120 miles from Burlington, Vermont. Elevations range from 340 to 1336 feet above sea level.


The climate consists predominantly of mild, sunny summers and cold, snowy winters. The average rainfall is 35 inches, and the average annual snowfall is 76 inches with a continuous coverage range of 92 days per season. Average temperatures in January: high: 30, low: 8; for July: high: 81, low: 53.