NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Milton, NH

milton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Milton
Elizabeth Dionne, Town Administrator
PO Box 310
Milton, NH 03851
Telephone (603) 652-4501 x1
Fax (603) 652-4120
E-mail TownAdmin@miltonnh-us.com
Web Site www.miltonnh-us.com

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Rochester-Dover NH-ME Metro-NECTA, NH Portion
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Strafford County District 1

Incorporated: 1802
Origin: This town was originally the north parish of Rochester known as Three Ponds or Milton Mills. Located along the Maine border on the Salmon River, it was the location of several mills, and the scene of early manufacturing. Following the 1798 incorporation of the northwest parish as Farmington, Rochester's territory was over 20 miles long, making travel to the meetinghouse difficult, and the north parish was incorporated as Milton in 1802. The name Milton may have come from a relative of the Wentworths, William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Fitzwilliam and Viscount Milton. Milton's Mount Teneriffe was named in honor of the volcano on the Canary Islands.
Villages and Place Names: Hayes Corner, Laskey Corner, Milton Mills, Town House
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,005 residents in 1810
Population Trends: Population change for Milton totaled 3,157 over 53 years, from 1,418 in 1960 to 4,575 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; the second largest increase was 31 percent for both 1960 to 1970 and 1970 to 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Milton was 4,575 residents, which ranked 79th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 138.4 persons per square mile of land area. Milton contains 33.1 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $3,643,832
Budget: School Appropriations, 2014-2015 $8,895,738
Zoning Ordinance 1970/10
Master Plan 2002
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Building Inspector
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; School
Appointed:Recreation; Conservation
Public Library Milton Free Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 8 miles 82

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Milton Water District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.88
2013 Equalization Ratio 104.5
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.75
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.9%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 2,085
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,617
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 72
Five or More Units in Structure 70
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 326
Total Population Community County
2013 4,601 124,119
2010 4,598 123,143
2000 3,940 112,676
1990 3,690 104,348
1980 2,438 85,324
1970 1,859 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   2,382 Female:   2,184
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 200
Age 5 to 19 1,052
Age 20 to 34 780
Age 35 to 54 1,462
Age 55 to 64 466
Age 65 and over 606
Median Age 38.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher 12.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $31,951
Median family income $58,880
Median household income $59,467
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,250
Female $34,351
Individuals below the poverty level 10.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 2,268 2,487
Employed 2,155 2,346
Unemployed 113 141
Unemployment Rate 5% 5.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 217 244
Average Weekly Wage $544 $786
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 185 207
Average Weekly Wage $470 $713
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 403 451
Average Weekly Wage $610 $752
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 52 68
Average Weekly Wage $495 $607
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 454 519
Average Weekly Wage $508 $733

Schools students attend: Milton operates grades K-12 SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center; Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester; Somersworth Career Technical Center Region: 12
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 2
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P 9-12
Total Enrollment 268 133 191 58
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 65
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Index Packaging Foam packaging 120 1968
Milton School District Education 77
Iron Mountain Document storage 20 2001
Seacoast Boatbuilders Boat manufacturing 14 1994

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 75, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exits 17-18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance Local access; 30 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, Rochester
Runway 4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 48 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 13
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 52 miles
Portland, ME 51 miles
Boston, MA 84 miles
New York City, NY 297 miles
Montreal, Quebec 269 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.3%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 1.9%
Other Means 0.5%
Worked at home 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 12.9%
Commuting to another NH community 79%
Commuting out-of-state 8.1%
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
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): King Pine
Other: NH Farm Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 5/21/2014

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
webmaster@nhes.nh.gov for web page related issues only