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Campton, NH

campton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Campton Board of Selectmen
Peter Laufenberg, Vice Chair
12 Gearty Way
Campton, NH 03223
Telephone (603) 726-3223
Fax (603) 726-4000
E-mail toc.cp@camptonnh.org
Web Site www.camptonnh.org/

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, 8:30 am - 4:15 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 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 2
State Representative Grafton County District 7

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: First chartered in 1761, the town may have been named for a friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington. Another source indicates that when surveyors came to the area, they built a camp here, and the name Campton comes from that. Conditions of the 1761 charter were not met, and a new charter was issued in 1767. An early settler was John Marsh, whose grandson Sylvester was born in Campton. Sylvester Marsh, a founder of the Chicago meat-packing industry, came up with the idea of building a railway to the summit of Mount Washington. Marsh invented the cog rail mechanism and special brakes so the locomotive could scale the steep terrain, completing the railway in July 1869.
Villages and Place Names: Beebe River, Blair, Campton Hollow, Campton Lower Village, Campton Station, Campton Upper Village, West Campton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 395 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Campton totaled 2,229 over 57 years, from 1,058 in 1960 to 3,287 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 45 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by a 40 percent increase over the next decade. The 2017 Census estimate for Campton was 3,287 residents, which ranked 105th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 63.3 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Deering. Campton contains 51.9 square miles of land area and 0.6 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $3,719,621
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $7,862,800
Zoning Ordinance 1974/16
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Checklist
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Campton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 9 miles 25

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

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.80
2017 Equalization Ratio 94.4
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.17
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings7.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,549
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,032
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 151
Five or More Units in Structure 123
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 243
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 3,287 89,386
2010 3,333 89,118
2000 2,723 81,826
1990 2,379 74,998
1980 1,694 65,806
1970 1,171 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,636 Female:   1,667
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 29
Age 5 to 19 501
Age 20 to 34 511
Age 35 to 54 659
Age 55 to 64 617
Age 65 and over 986
Median Age 51.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 43.4%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $38,853
Median family income $88,281
Median household income $65,859
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $44,883
Female $37,321
Individuals below the poverty level 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,721 1,982
Employed 1,662 1,943
Unemployed 59 39
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $149 $88
Average Weekly Wage $731 $904
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $507 $321
Average Weekly Wage $402 $487
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $655 $409
Average Weekly Wage $477 $576
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $139 $269
Average Weekly Wage $626 $854
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $794 $678
Average Weekly Wage $503 $687

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Campton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Coopertive ( Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Applied Technology Center Region: 5
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 310
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 110
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College-Laconia

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Owls Nest Golf Course Golf 60 1998
Campton Sand & Gravel Aggregate 12
Andrews Construction Construction
Evergreen Embrodiery Textile 12
Sunset Grill Restaurant 10
Days Inn Lodging 18
Top Notch Tree Experts Logging, tree work 14
Persons Concrete Construction
Becket School Private education 15

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, Exits 27 - 28
Distance Local access
Railroad State owned line
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth RegionalRunway2,380 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 52 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 66 miles
Portland, ME 99 miles
Boston, MA 116 miles
New York City, NY 313 miles
Montreal, Quebec 205 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 88.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.1%
Other Means 4.8%
Worked at home 2.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 26.6%
Commuting to another NH community 67.1%
Commuting out-of-state 6.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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
Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Waterville Valley

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/11/18

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