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Alton, NH

alton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Alton
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 659
Alton, NH 03809
Telephone (603) 875-2161
Fax (603) 875-0207
E-mail administrator@alton.nh.gov
Web Site www.alton.nh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, first and last Thursday, until 7 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Belmont, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 6
State Representative Belknap County Districts 5, 8

Incorporated: 1796
Origin: Originally called New Durham Gore, the town was settled by a group from Roxbury, Massachusetts. There were already two towns named Roxbury in New England, so the town was incorporated as Alton in honor of a prominent family from Roxbury. The town�s boundary envelopes the five-mile long Alton Bay, southeastern point of Lake Winnipesaukee, and includes the southern side of Wolfeboro Harbor and all of the largest islands in the southeast end of the lake. Alton�s 19.3 square miles of inland water area is the highest among the cities and towns in New Hampshire.
Villages and Place Names: Alton Bay, East Alton, Mount Major, South Alton, West Alton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 445 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Alton totaled 4,064 over 57 years, from 1,241 in 1960 to 5,305 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 48 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by 35 percent and 38 percent increases over the next two decades. The 2017 Census estimate for Alton was 5,305 residents, which ranked 65th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 83.0 persons per square mile of land area. Alton contains 63.9 square miles of land area and 19.3 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $10,246,116
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $15,573,093
Zoning Ordinance 1970/15
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Checklist; Trust Funds; Water; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Parks & Recreation; Levey Park; Milfoil; Energy
Public Library Gilman

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 11 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Alton Water Works
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; TDS
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.86
2017 Equalization Ratio 97.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.52
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings95.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other0.6%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,560
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,125
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 95
Five or More Units in Structure 63
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 277
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 5,305 60,785
2010 5,250 60,088
2000 4,528 56,576
1990 3,289 49,294
1980 2,440 42,884
1970 1,647 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,781 Female:   2,486
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 286
Age 5 to 19 1,028
Age 20 to 34 348
Age 35 to 54 1,399
Age 55 to 64 987
Age 65 and over 1,219
Median Age 46.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.3%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,121
Median family income $88,728
Median household income $79,861
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $48,110
Female $63,487
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,770 3,016
Employed 2,683 2,948
Unemployed 87 68
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $79 $59
Average Weekly Wage $692 $710
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $620 $731
Average Weekly Wage $516 $557
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $699 $789
Average Weekly Wage $536 $568
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $296 $323
Average Weekly Wage $624 $789
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $995 $1,112
Average Weekly Wage $562 $632

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Alton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are jointly managed with Barnstead (JMA) SAU 72
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro) Region: 9
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 453 476
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 58
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Alton School Department Education 116 1797
Town of Alton Municipal services 140 1796
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 50 1995
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20 1996
Water Industries Commercial pumping systems 20 1963
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 38FT & 94 PT 2006
Christian Conference Center Recreational, campground 8 1863
Alton Home & Lumber Hardware & lumber sales 10 1994
Aubuchon Hardware store 11 2004

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 11, 11D, 28, 28A, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 28 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 46 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 46 miles
Portland, ME 66 miles
Boston, MA 91 miles
New York City, NY 293 miles
Montreal, Quebec 256 miles

(ACS 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 81.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.2%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 13.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 28.8%
Commuting to another NH community 64.5%
Commuting out-of-state 6.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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): Gunstock
Other: Boat Launch; Town Docks; Swim Dock; Public Beach in Picnic Area; B&M RR; Old Home Days; Mt. Washington Dock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/5/18

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