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Thornton, NH


thornton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Thornton
Tammie Beaulieu, Town Administrator
16 Merrill Access Road
Thornton, NH 03285
Telephone (603) 726-8168
Fax (603) 726-2078
E-mail townadmin@thorntonnh.org
Web Site www.thorntonnh.org/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 3:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 7 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 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 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 6, 16

Incorporated: 1763
Origin: This territory was chartered in 1763, and named for Dr. Matthew Thornton. The grant was given to him in return for his service as surgeon in the Pepperell expedition of 1745. Dr. Thornton, whose practice was in Merrimack, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, a justice of the Superior Court, speaker of the House of Representatives, member of the State Senate, delegate to the Continental Congress, and president of the state following the Revolutionary War. No settlements were made under the first grant, and a second was issued in 1768; the first settlements were made in 1770.
Villages and Place Names: Goose Hollow, West Thornton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 385 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Thornton totaled 2,010 over 54 years, from 480 in 1960 to 2,490 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 60 percent between 1970 and 1980, this was followed by a 58 percent increase over the next decade. The 2014 Census estimate for Thornton was 2,490 residents, which ranked 123rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 49.5 persons per square mile of land area. Thornton contains 50.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,844,132
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $4,434,116
Zoning Ordinance 1970/15
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Trust Funds; Planning; Library; Treasurer; Overseer Public Welfare
Appointed:Conservation; Zoning
Public Library Thornton Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 15 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Time Warner
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessLimited
ResidentialLimited

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.79
2014 Equalization Ratio $107.6
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.21
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings$95.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings$2.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other$2.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,971
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,664
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 51
Five or More Units in Structure 52
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 204
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2014 2,490 89,360
2010 2,490 89,118
2000 1,847 81,826
1990 1,506 74,998
1980 952 65,806
1970 594 54,914
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   1,337 Female:   1,153
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 71
Age 5 to 19 335
Age 20 to 34 433
Age 35 to 54 746
Age 55 to 64 448
Age 65 and over 457
Median Age 48.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 90.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 44.1%

(ACS 2010-2014) ANNUAL INCOME, 2014
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $30,647
Median family income $67,303
Median household income $57,708
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $40,938
Female $37,143
Individuals below the poverty level 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 1,178 1,578
Employed 1,145 1,526
Unemployed 33 52
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 3.3%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 20 n
Average Weekly Wage $478 n
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 95 n
Average Weekly Wage $437 n
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 115 67
Average Weekly Wage $444 $465
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 22 16
Average Weekly Wage $613 $412
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 137 82
Average Weekly Wage $471 $455
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Thornton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (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 K 1-8
Total Enrollment 215
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 57
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES* PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Not Available
*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, Exit 29
Distance Local access
Railroad No
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 58 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 72 miles
Portland, ME 112 miles
Boston, MA 122 miles
New York City, NY 327 miles
Montreal, Quebec 199 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.5%
Other Means 2.4%
Worked at home 7.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 16.3%
Commuting to another NH community 79.5%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
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
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley
   
Other: Waterville Valley; Loon Mountain; White Mountains

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, January 2016.
Community Response Received 05/26/15

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