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Tilton, NH

tilton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Tilton
Joyce Fulweiler, Town Administrator
257 Main Street
Tilton, NH 03276
Telephone (603) 286-4521 x101
Fax (603) 286-3519
E-mail townadmin@tiltonnh.org
Web Site www.tiltonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4:15 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Franklin NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Belknap County District 4

Incorporated: 1869
Origin: This territory was settled long before it became a town, the southern part of Sanbornton known as Sanbornton Bridge or Bridge Village. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1869 and named Tilton, in honor of Nathaniel Tilton, one of the first settlers. Nathaniel Tilton established an iron foundry and the area's first hotel, the Dexter House. His grandson Charles was a prominent citizen of the town when it was incorporated, prompting the choice of name. Charles Tilton made a considerable fortune in the 1849 California Gold Rush. He donated many statues to the town, including the Tilton Arch, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School.
Villages and Place Names: East Tilton, The Plains, Winnisquam, Belmont Junction, Tilton Arch, Downtown Tilton Statues
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,147 residents in 1870
Population Trends: Population change for Tilton totaled 1,441 over 53 years, from 2,137 in 1960 to 3,578 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 31 percent between 1970 and 1980; the smallest, a three percent increase between 2000 and 2010. The 2013 Census estimate for Tilton was 3,578 residents, which ranked 103rd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 313.6 persons per square mile of land area. Tilton contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen/Town Meeting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2014 $5,505,381
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $6,504,000
Zoning Ordinance 1956/13
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library; Sewer; Check List; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks; Recycling
Public Library No Library

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, Franklin 3 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Lochmere Village District; Tilton-Northfield Water District
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
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) $18.30
2013 Equalization Ratio 107.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.79
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings46.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings47.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 1,814
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 994
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 403
Five or More Units in Structure 154
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 263
Total Population Community County
2013 3,606 60,327
2010 3,567 60,088
2000 3,478 56,576
1990 3,239 49,294
1980 3,387 42,884
1970 2,579 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   1,818 Female:   1,768
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 159
Age 5 to 19 642
Age 20 to 34 507
Age 35 to 54 1,040
Age 55 to 64 535
Age 65 and over 703
Median Age 44.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $25,461
Median family income $64,176
Median household income $51,198
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $48,138
Female $35,859
Individuals below the poverty level 9.2%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 1,925 1,982
Employed 1,833 1,890
Unemployed 92 92
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 4.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 582 148
Average Weekly Wage $877 $1,096
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,048 3,706
Average Weekly Wage $440 $498
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,630 3,854
Average Weekly Wage $510 $521
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 460 705
Average Weekly Wage $553 $704
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,090 4,559
Average Weekly Wage $515 $550

Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Winnisquam Regional (Northfield, Sanbornton, Tilton) SAU 59
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Agricultural Programs, Tilton Region: 8
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 342 464 223
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 274
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Colby-Sawyer

j.jill Outlet store 325+ 1998
Wal-Mart Retail store 110 1994
Autoserv Car dealership 110 1997
Tanger Outlet Stores Retail outlet stores 200+ 1994
The Tilton School Education 85 1820
3M Power transmission products 70 1976
Home Depot Home improvement center 150+ 2001
Lowes Home improvement center 94 2005
Winnisquam Regional School District Education 114 1936

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 132, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation WTS
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 41 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 35 miles
Portland, ME 91 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 290 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.2%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 6.3%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 3.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 31.3%
Commuting to another NH community 64.2%
Commuting out-of-state 4.5%
X Municipal Parks
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
X Cinemas
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 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): Gunstock
Other: Senior Center; Hobo Railroad; Lakes; Summer Concert Series; Old Home Day; Highland Mountain Bike Park; Christmas Fair & Parade; Winnipesaukee River Trail

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/20/2014

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