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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 Belmont, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District 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 town's 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. Alton's 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 4,018 over 53 years, from 1,241 in 1960 to 5,259 in 2013. 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 2013 Census estimate for Alton was 5,259 residents, which ranked 64th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 82.3 persons per square mile of land area. Alton contains 63.9 square miles of land area and 19.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $8,850,757
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $18,625,421
Zoning Ordinance 1970/14
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

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

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.44
2013 Equalization Ratio 97.4
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.06
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 4,353
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 3,837
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 113
Five or More Units in Structure 135
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 268
Total Population Community County
2013 5,259 60,268
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) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    2,766 Female:    2,493
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 286
Age 5 to 19 910
Age 20 to 34 817
Age 35 to 54 1,452
Age 55 to 64 911
Age 65 and over 883
Median Age 43.5 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.5%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,681
Median family income $63,359
Median household income $63,250
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,274
Female $37,421
Individuals below the poverty level 7.0%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,600 2,715
Employed 2,500 2,590
Unemployed 100 125
Unemployment Rate 3.8% 4.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 65 61
Average Weekly Wage $552 $1,082
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 497 682
Average Weekly Wage $438 $463
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 562 743
Average Weekly Wage $451 $513
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 202 336
Average Weekly Wage $546 $695
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 764 1,079
Average Weekly Wage $476 $570

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 536 537
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 88
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

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

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 5.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 13.4%
Commuting to another NH community 83.4%
Commuting out-of-state 3.2%
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
X Museums
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
X 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, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/21/14

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