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Campton, NH

campton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Campton Board of Selectmen
Sharin L. Davis, Chair
12 Gearty Way
Campton, NH 03223
Telephone (603) 726-3223
Fax (603) 726-4000
E-mail toc.am@camptonnh.org
Web Site www.camptonnh.org/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth, NH LMA
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 7

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: First chartered in 1761, the town may have been named for a friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington. Another source indicates that when surveyors came to the area, they built a camp here, and the name Campton comes from that. Conditions of the 1761 charter were not met, and a new charter was issued in 1767. An early settler was John Marsh, whose grandson Sylvester was born in Campton. Sylvester Marsh, a founder of the Chicago meat-packing industry, came up with the idea of building a railway to the summit of Mount Washington. Marsh invented the cog rail mechanism and special brakes so the locomotive could scale the steep terrain, completing the railway in July 1869.
Villages and Place Names: Beebe River, Blair, Campton Hollow, Campton Lower Village, Campton Station, Campton Upper Village, West Campton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 395 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Campton totaled 2,254 over 53 years, from 1,058 in 1960 to 3,312 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 40 percent increase over the next decade. The 2013 Census estimate for Campton was 3,312 residents, which ranked 106th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 63.8 persons per square mile of land area. Campton contains 51.9 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $3,588,458
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $6,018,421
Zoning Ordinance 1974/08
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Campton Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Campton Village Precinct; Waterville Estate; Beebe River
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.46
2014 Equalization Ratio 98.9
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.91
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.0%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,334
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,802
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 102
Five or More Units in Structure 63
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 367
Total Population Community County
2013 3,312 89,268
2010 3,333 89,118
2000 2,723 81,826
1990 2,379 74,998
1980 1,694 65,806
1970 1,171 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   1,661 Female:   1,651
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 162
Age 5 to 19 491
Age 20 to 34 692
Age 35 to 54 804
Age 55 to 64 545
Age 65 and over 618
Median Age 44.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 34,577
Median family income 62,574
Median household income 50,941
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 36,580
Female 45,465
Individuals below the poverty level 4.3%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,644 1,874
Employed 1,591 1,800
Unemployed 53.0 74
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 3.9%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 140 90
Average Weekly Wage $772 $781
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 395 429
Average Weekly Wage $380 $465
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 535 519
Average Weekly Wage $483 $520
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 131 266
Average Weekly Wage $638 $828
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 667 784
Average Weekly Wage $513 $624
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Campton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Coopertive ( Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 321
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 70
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Owls Nest Golf Course Golf 60 1998
Days Inn Lodging 18  
Becket School Private education 15  
Top Notch Tree Experts Logging, tree work 14  
Campton Sand & Gravel Aggregate 12
Evergreen Embrodiery Textile 12
Sunset Grill Restaurant 10
Cascraft Burial casket manufacturer 1 1990
Andrews Construction Construction  
Persons Concrete Construction
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 49, 175
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 27 - 28
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth Regional
Runway 2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 52 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 67 miles
Portland, ME 97 miles
Boston, MA 117 miles
New York City, NY 322 miles
Montreal, Quebec 205 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.4%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 0.1%
Other Means 0%
Worked at home 1.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 23.1%
Commuting to another NH community 76.1%
Commuting out-of-state 0.8%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Waterville Valley

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/29/15

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