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Alton, NH


Alton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Alton
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 659
Alton, NH 03809
Telephone (603) 875-2161
Fax (603) 875-0207
E-mail administrator@alton.nh.gov
Web Site www.alton.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, first and last Thursday, until 7 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 6
State Representative Belknap County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1796
Origin: Originally called New Durham Gore, the town was settled by a group from Roxbury, Massachusetts. There were already two towns named Roxbury in New England, so the town was incorporated as Alton in honor of a prominent family from Roxbury. The towns boundary envelopes the five-mile long Alton Bay, southeastern point of Lake Winnipesaukee, and includes the southern side of Wolfeboro Harbor and all of the largest islands in the southeast end of the lake. Altons 19.3 square miles of inland water area is the highest among the cities and towns in New Hampshire.
Villages and Place Names: Alton Bay, East Alton, Mount Major, South Alton, West Alton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 445 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Alton totaled 4,036 over 52 years, from 1,241 in 1960 to 5,277 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 48 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by 35 percent and 38 percent increases over the next two decades. The 2012 Census estimate for Alton was 5,277 residents, which ranked 64th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 83.5 persons per square mile of land area. Alton contains 62.9 square miles of land area and 19.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $7,853,189
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $13,007,610
Zoning Ordinance 1970/09
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Checklist; Trust Funds; Water; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Levey Park; Milfoil; Energy
Public Library Gilman

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 11 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Alton Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.68
2012 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.65
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings37.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.5%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,215
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,724
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 83
Five or More Units in Structure 130
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 278
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 5,277 60,327
2010 5,250 60,088
2000 4,528 56,576
1990 3,289 49,294
1980 2,440 42,884
1970 1,647 32,367
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,635 Female:   2,605
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 229
Age 5 to 19 934
Age 20 to 34 630
Age 35 to 54 1,410
Age 55 to 64 992
Age 65 and over 1,045
Median Age 46 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $29,871
Median family income $60,915
Median household income $58,883
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $48,254
Female $37,233
Individuals below the poverty level 6.5%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 2,645 2,775
Employed 2,534 2,643
Unemployed 111 132
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 4.8%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 66 45
Average Weekly Wage $520 $607
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 545 627
Average Weekly Wage $342 $464
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 611 672
Average Weekly Wage $361 $474
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 190 333
Average Weekly Wage $541 $675
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 800 1,005
Average Weekly Wage $404 $540
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Alton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are jointly managed with Barnstead (JMA) SAU 72
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center, Wolfeboro Region: 9
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 539 535
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 80
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Alton School Department Education 116 1797
Town of Alton Municipal services 140 1796
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 50 1995
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20 1996
Water Industries Commercial pumping systems 20 1963
Blake Equipment Water pumps 5 1998
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 38FT & 94 PT 2006
Christian Conference Center Recreational, campground 8 1863
Alton Home & Lumber Hardware & lumber sales 10 1994

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 11D, 28, 28A, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 28 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 46 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 40 miles
Portland, ME 69 miles
Boston, MA 91 miles
New York City, NY 304 miles
Montreal, Quebec 254 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.8%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 9.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.9 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 28.2%
Commuting to another NH community 71.0%
Commuting out-of-state 0.8%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
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
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X 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): Gunstock
   
Other: Boat Launch; Town Docks; Swim Dock; Public Beach in Picnic Area; B&M RR; Old Home Days; Mt. Washington Dock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/31/13

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