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Littleton, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall, Tax Collector: Monday to Thursday, 8:30-4, Friday, 8:30-1; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30-4, Tuesday, 8:30-6, Friday, 8:30-1

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 2
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County District 1

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 742 over 50 years, from 5,290 in 1970 to 6,031 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Littleton was 6,092 residents, which ranked 60th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 121.8 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, 2023 $9,854,096
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $17,470,000
Zoning Ordinance 2023
Master Plan 2021
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; Cultural Arts; 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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.06
2022 Equalization Ratio 63.8
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.53
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings58.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings31.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 3,434
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,979
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 561
Five or More Units in Structure 696
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 198
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 6,092 91,126
2020 6,005 91,118
2010 5,928 89,118
2000 5,850 81,826
1990 5,851 74,998
1980 5,558 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,043 Female:   2,972
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 283
Age 5 to 19 609
Age 20 to 34 1,685
Age 35 to 54 985
Age 55 to 64 1,113
Age 65 and over 1,340
Median Age 49.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 4,687
High school graduate or higher 87.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 29.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $48,392
Median family income $68,750
Median household income $45,141
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $47,216
Female $42,486
Individuals below the poverty level 19.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,235 3,231
Employed 3,087 3,162
Unemployed 148 69
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 841 721
Average Weekly Wage $682 $1,047
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,436 3,867
Average Weekly Wage $691 $973
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 4,277 4,588
Average Weekly Wage $690 $985
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 372 392
Average Weekly Wage $875 $1,016
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,649 4,980
Average Weekly Wage $704 $987

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 2 1
Grade Levels K 1-6 7-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 345 103 237 40
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 105
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Littleton Coin Company 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 524 1906
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 1,110 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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,982
Drove alone, car/truck/van 72.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.1%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 10.4%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 17.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 49.6%
Commuting to another NH community 44.8%
Commuting out-of-state 5.6%
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 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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