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Sugar Hill, NH

sugar hill New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Sugar Hill
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 574
Sugar Hill, NH 03586
Telephone (603) 823-8468
Fax (603) 823-8446
E-mail selectmen@sugarhillnh.org
Web Site www.sugarhillnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 4 pm - 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
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 2, 14

Incorporated: 1962
Origin: This town was part of the 1768 charter of Gunthwaite, which was renamed Lisbon in 1824. Though settled about 1789, this town is New Hampshire's youngest, incorporated in 1962. After considerable litigation, it was carved out of Lisbon to be an independent voting unit. The name Sugar Hill comes from a large grove of sugar maples in the hills. In 1929, Austrian Sig Buchmayr established the first organized ski school in the United States near Peckett's-on-Sugar Hill, one of the earliest resorts to promote winter vacationing.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 336 residents in 1970
Population Trends: Sugar Hill was incorporated in 1962, and the first Census for the town was in 1970. Since then, population change totaled 234, from 336 in 1970 to 570 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2013 Census estimate for Sugar Hill was 570 residents, which ranked 214th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 33.3 persons per square mile of land area. Sugar Hill contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014-2015 $1,305,898
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $1,521,724
Zoning Ordinance 1968/06
Master Plan 1993
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Conservation
Public Library Richardson Memorial

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 12 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Time Warner; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $20.17
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.91
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 441
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 421
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 13
Five or More Units in Structure 5
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 2
Total Population Community County
2013 564 89,181
2010 563 89,118
2000 564 81,826
1990 454 74,998
1980 397 65,806
1970 336 54,194
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   297 Female:   295
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 32
Age 5 to 19 75
Age 20 to 34 28
Age 35 to 54 197
Age 55 to 64 114
Age 65 and over 146
Median Age 53.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 99.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $39,410
Median family income $80,859
Median household income $79,148
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,969
Female $39,250
Individuals below the poverty level 8.7%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 342 325
Employed 328 317
Unemployed 14 8
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 2.5%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 23 n
Average Weekly Wage $451 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 98 n
Average Weekly Wage $384 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 121 91
Average Weekly Wage $397 $467
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 24 67
Average Weekly Wage $524 $954
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 145 158
Average Weekly Wage $418 $461

Schools students attend: Grades K-6 are part of Lafayette Regional (Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill); grades 7-12 are part of Profile (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) SAU 35
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
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Polly's Pancake Parlor Restaurant, mail order 15+ 1938
Harman's Cheese & Country Store Store, mail order 10+ 1955

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 18, 116, 117
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 38
Distance 4 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia Airport
Runway 2,305 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 64 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 101 miles
Portland, ME 120 miles
Boston, MA 151 miles
New York City, NY 323 miles
Montreal, Quebec 177 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.7%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 1.7%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 21%
Commuting to another NH community 65.4%
Commuting out-of-state 13.6%
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X 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
Tourists Attractions
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 Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon Mountain
Other: Sugar Hill Historical Museum

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

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