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Littleton, NH

littleton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Littleton
Andrew Dorsett, Town Manager
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, NH 03561
Telephone (603) 444-3996
Fax (603) 444-1703
E-mail adorsett@townoflittleton.org
Web Site www.townoflittleton.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, Friday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
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 1, 14

Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This town was part of the 1764 charter called Chiswick, which included territory in Lisbon, Littleton, Dalton, and Sugar Hill. In 1770, a charter was issued under the name Apthorp to Colonel Moses Little and others who had purchased a portion of the Chiswick grant from the original grantees. The name Apthorp was in honor of George Apthorp, head of one of the wealthiest mercantile establishments in Boston. In 1784, Apthorp was separated into two towns, one being incorporated as Dalton, and the other as Littleton. The name Littleton was selected in honor of Colonel Moses Little, who had held the post of Surveyor of the King's Woods under Governor Wentworth.
Villages and Place Names: Apthorp, North Littleton
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 96 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Littleton totaled 580 over 49 years, from 5,290 in 1970 to 5,870 in 2019. The largest decennial percent changes were five percent increases between 1970 and 1980, 1980 and 1990; between 1990 and 2000 the population did not change. The 2019 Census estimate for Littleton was 5,870 residents, which ranked 59th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 117.3 persons per square mile of land area. Littleton contains 50.0 square miles of land area and 4.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $10,944,209
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $16,516,859
Zoning Ordinance 1970/14
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Staff
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Parks; School; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Budget; Water & Light; River District; Energy; Cultural Arts; Opera House; Parking
Public Library Littleton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & private
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton Local 25

Electric Supplier Littleton Water & Light; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Littleton Water & Light
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Firstlight
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.10
2019 Equalization Ratio 91.4
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.89
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings58.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings30.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other11.1%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,523
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,915
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 807
Five or More Units in Structure 533
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 268
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 5,870 89,886
2010 5,928 89,118
2000 5,850 81,826
1990 5,851 74,998
1980 5,558 65,806
1970 5,290 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   2,756 Female:   3,159
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 342
Age 5 to 19 649
Age 20 to 34 1,017
Age 35 to 54 1,417
Age 55 to 64 1,256
Age 65 and over 1,234
Median Age 49.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.2%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,098
Median family income $51,916
Median household income $40,233
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $40,659
Female $36,897
Individuals below the poverty level 20.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 3,424 3,239
Employed 3,213 3,161
Unemployed 211 78
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 690 734
Average Weekly Wage $692 $944
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,399 3,771
Average Weekly Wage $634 $843
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,090 4,506
Average Weekly Wage $644 $860
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 405 416
Average Weekly Wage $850 $896
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,495 4,921
Average Weekly Wage $662 $863

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Littleton operates grades K-12 SAU 84
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center; White Mountains RHS Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 2 2
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 348 122 252
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 3 Total Capacity: 83
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Littleton Coin Collector coins, mail order 300 1947
Burndy Corporation Electrical connectors 180 1976
Wal-Mart Retail store 144 1998
GenFoot America (Kamik Outdoor Footwear) Boots, shoe products 61 1993
Lowe's Home improvement center 125 2006
Home Depot Home improvement center 104 2005
Littleton Regional Hospital Health care services 510 1906
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 1,100 2000
Tender Corporation Insect repellant, sunscreen, medical kits 195 1977
Littleton Food Co-Op Grocery store 89 2009

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 10, 18, 116, 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 41 - 44
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation NCT
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 67 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 103 miles
Portland, ME 111 miles
Boston, MA 153 miles
New York City, NY 341 miles
Montreal, Quebec 167 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.3%
Other Means 3.6%
Worked at home 6.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 51.3%
Commuting to another NH community 42.5%
Commuting out-of-state 6.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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 Campgrounds
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): Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Mt. Eustis
Other: Littleton Main Street; Moore Reservoir; Art Show; Historical Society; Pollyanna Sculpture; Riverwalk Covered Bridge

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 6/14/18

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