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Littleton, NH

littleton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Littleton
Fred Moody, Town Manager
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, NH 03561
Telephone (603) 444-3996
Fax (603) 444-1703
E-mail fmoody@townoflittleton.org
Web Site www.townoflittleton.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 1, 14

Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This town was part of the 1764 charter called Chiswick, which included territory in Lisbon, Littleton, Dalton, and Sugar Hill. In 1770, a charter was issued under the name Apthorp to Colonel Moses Little and others who had purchased a portion of the Chiswick grant from the original grantees. The name Apthorp was in honor of George Apthorp, head of one of the wealthiest mercantile establishments in Boston. In 1784, Apthorp was separated into two towns, one being incorporated as Dalton, and the other as Littleton. The name Littleton was selected in honor of Colonel Moses Little, who had held the post of Surveyor of the King's Woods under Governor Wentworth.
Villages and Place Names: Apthorp, North Littleton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 96 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Littleton totaled 925 over 53 years, from 5,003 in 1960 to 5,928 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a six percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by five percent increases the next two decades; between 1990 and 2000, the population did not change. The 2013 Census estimate for Littleton was 5,928 residents, which ranked 58th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 118.5 persons per square mile of land area. Littleton contains 50.0 square miles of land area and 4.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $9,104,015
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $16,412,243
Zoning Ordinance 1970/14
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Staff
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Parks; School; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Budget; Water & Light; River District; Energy
Public Library Littleton Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton Local 25

Electric Supplier Littleton Water & Light; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Littleton Water & Light
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company 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
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.46
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.9
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.38
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings45.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings24.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other29.7%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,085
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,682
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 575
Five or More Units in Structure 559
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 269
Total Population Community County
2013 5,928 89,268
2010 5,928 89,118
2000 5,850 81,826
1990 5,851 74,998
1980 5,558 65,806
1970 5,290 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:    2,856 Female:    3,072
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 278
Age 5 to 19 987
Age 20 to 34 933
Age 35 to 54 1,761
Age 55 to 64 886
Age 65 and over 1,083
Median Age 46.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 83.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.3%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,295
Median family income $58,636
Median household income $49,073
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $45,318
Female $35,821
Individuals below the poverty level 8.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 3,334 3,281
Employed 3,204 3,136
Unemployed 130 145
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 4.4%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 871 796
Average Weekly Wage $618 $779
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,198 3,482
Average Weekly Wage $530 $715
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,068 4,278
Average Weekly Wage $549 $727
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 402 406
Average Weekly Wage $653 $823
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,470 4,684
Average Weekly Wage $559 $735

Schools students attend: Littleton operates grades K-12 SAU 84
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh Gallen Regional Career & Technical Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High - CTE, Whitefield Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 416 115 283
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 156
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Hitchiner Manufacturing Metal products 500 1984
Littleton Coin Collector coins, mail order 300 1947
Burndy Corporation Electrical connectors 230 1976
Wal-Mart Retail store 150 1998
GenFoot America Boots 60
Lowe's Home improvement center 100 2006
Home Depot Home improvement center 130 2005
Littleton Regional Hospital Health care services 430 1906
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 75 2000

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 10, 18, 116, 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 41 - 44
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation NCT
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, Whitefield
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 103 miles
Portland, ME 113 miles
Boston, MA 153 miles
New York City, NY 329 miles
Montreal, Quebec 168 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 86.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.0%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.3%
Worked at home 5.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 18.9%
Commuting to another NH community 45.6%
Commuting out-of-state 35.5%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain
Other: Littleton Grist Mill; Littleton Main Street; Moore Reservoir; Art Show; Historical Society; Pollyanna Sculpture; Riverwalk Covered Bridge

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, March 2015.
Community Response Received 05/27/14

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