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Littleton, NH

littleton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Littleton
Andrew Dorsett, Town Manager
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, NH 03561
Telephone (603) 444-3996
Fax (603) 444-1703
E-mail adorsett@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 939 over 54 years, from 5,003 in 1960 to 5,942 in 2014. 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 2014 Census estimate for Littleton was 5,942 residents, which ranked 58th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 118.8 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $10,414,836
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

Emergency Services
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.32
2015 Equalization Ratio 96.5
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $27.12
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings42.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings22.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other35.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,006
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,623
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 531
Five or More Units in Structure 566
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 286
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 5,942 89,360
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   2,823 Female:   3,119
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 310
Age 5 to 19 948
Age 20 to 34 1,074
Age 35 to 54 1,589
Age 55 to 64 879
Age 65 and over 1,142
Median Age 45.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 84.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.5%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,881
Median family income $54,375
Median household income $43,201
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $44,131
Female $37,146
Individuals below the poverty level 11.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 3,377 3,155
Employed 3,274 3,040
Unemployed 103 115
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 3.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 916 793
Average Weekly Wage $640 $839
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,115 3,486
Average Weekly Wage $569 $734
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,030 4,279
Average Weekly Wage $585 $753
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 390 423
Average Weekly Wage $694 $819
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,421 4,703
Average Weekly Wage $595 $759

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Littleton operates grades K-12 SAU 84
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 372 117 270
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 133
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Littleton Coin Collector coins, mail order 300 1947
Burndy Corporation Electrical connectors 230 1976
Wal-Mart Retail store 150 1998
GenFoot America (Kamik Outdoor Footwear) Boots, shoe products 60 1993
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
Tender Corporation Insect repellant, sunscreen, medical kits 50 1977

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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, WhitefieldRunway4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 103 miles
Portland, ME 111 miles
Boston, MA 153 miles
New York City, NY 341 miles
Montreal, Quebec 167 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 7.6%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 5.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 62.4%
Commuting to another NH community 32.9%
Commuting out-of-state 4.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/26/15

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