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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 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 878 over 57 years, from 5,003 in 1960 to 5,881 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a six percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by five percent increases the next two decades; between 1990 and 2000, the population did not change. The 2017 Census estimate for Littleton was 5,881 residents, which ranked 58th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 117.5 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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.82
2017 Equalization Ratio 90.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.52
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings44.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings23.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other32.8%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,985
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,536
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 591
Five or More Units in Structure 530
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 328
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 5,881 89,386
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   2,797 Female:   3,121
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 257
Age 5 to 19 1,052
Age 20 to 34 990
Age 35 to 54 1,632
Age 55 to 64 906
Age 65 and over 1,081
Median Age 43.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.9%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $26,560
Median family income $51,358
Median household income $39,553
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $39,500
Female $29,451
Individuals below the poverty level 18.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 3,547 3,055
Employed 3,432 2,983
Unemployed 115 72
Unemployment Rate 3.2% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $894 $693
Average Weekly Wage $656 $886
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $3,439 $3,536
Average Weekly Wage $586 $766
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $4,333 $4,229
Average Weekly Wage $601 $785
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $405 $408
Average Weekly Wage $736 $873
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $4,737 $4,637
Average Weekly Wage $612 $793

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 374 102 288
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 133
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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.5%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 8.7%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 5.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 64.0%
Commuting to another NH community 31.2%
Commuting out-of-state 4.8%
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 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 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,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/14/18

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