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Dalton, NH

dalton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Dalton
Jo Beth Dudley
756 Dalton Road
Dalton, NH 03598
Telephone (603) 837-7027
Fax (603) 837-9642
E-mail selectmen@townofdalton.com
Web Site http://townofdalton.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectboard: Wednesday, 8-2, Monday and Friday by appointment; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 1-6, Thursday, 7-1

County Coos
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
Tourism Region Great North Woods
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coos Economic Development Corp.

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

Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This territory, first granted in 1764 under the name Chiswick, originally encompassed Lisbon, Littleton, and Dalton. In 1770, a portion of the grant was renamed Apthorp, after relatives of the Wentworths. At that time, the grantees were bought out by Colonel Moses Little, commander of the 24th Massachusetts Bay Regiment and relative of the Apthorp family. In 1784, the grant was divided into two towns, Littleton, named for the Colonel, and Dalton, which bears the name of the Colonel's great-grandson, Tristram Dalton, a prominent colonial merchant and classmate of Governor John Wentworth at Harvard.
Villages and Place Names: Cushman, Scott
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 14 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Dalton totaled 482 over 50 years, from 425 in 1970 to 907 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Dalton was 931 residents, which ranked 189th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 33.8 persons per square mile of land area. Dalton contains 27.5 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $955,100
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $1,988,205
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2023
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library
Appointed:Planning; Conservation
Public Library Dalton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 12 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.55
2022 Equalization Ratio 54.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.88
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 564
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 386
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 0
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 178
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 931 31,504
2020 933 31,268
2010 979 33,055
2000 928 33,156
1990 824 34,879
1980 672 35,014
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   434 Female:   601
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 48
Age 5 to 19 217
Age 20 to 34 171
Age 35 to 54 224
Age 55 to 64 238
Age 65 and over 137
Median Age 41.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 722
High school graduate or higher 90.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 18.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,358
Median family income $80,000
Median household income $62,986
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $55,948
Female $41,750
Individuals below the poverty level 17.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 460 427
Employed 432 415
Unemployed 28 12
Unemployment Rate 6.1% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 7 n
Average Weekly Wage $940 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 30 n
Average Weekly Wage $681 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 37 34
Average Weekly Wage $733 $1,082
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 11 17
Average Weekly Wage $396 $273
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 48 51
Average Weekly Wage $656 $814

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of White Mountains Regional (Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Whitefield) SAU 36
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels 9-12
Total Enrollment
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 0 Total Capacity: 0
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State; Northern VT - Lyndon (VT)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Dalton Municipal services
Team O'Neil Rally School Driving School 1997
JR's Cycle Repair Motorcycle service/repair
Top of the Hill Store Convenience store/deli Hillside Gravel Pit

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 135, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 43
Distance 9 miles
Railroad Maine Central
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Mt Washington Reg, WhitefieldRunway4,001 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 76 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 115 miles
Portland, ME 113 miles
Boston, MA 166 miles
New York City, NY 346 miles
Montreal, Quebec 175 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 539
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.7%
Other Means 1.7%
Worked at home 3.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 5.6%
Commuting to another NH community 90.1%
Commuting out-of-state 4.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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 Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Bretton Woods; Cannon
Other: Forest Lake State Park and Beach; Team O'Neil Rally School; David Dana Forest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/13/23

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