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Milton, NH

milton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Milton
Chris Jacobs, Town Administrator
PO Box 310
Milton, NH 03851
Telephone (603) 652-4501 x1
Fax (603) 652-4120
E-mail miltonta@miltonnh-us.com
Web Site www.miltonnh-us.com

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30-3:30, Thursday, 8:30-5

County Strafford
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Strafford Regional
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Strafford County District 2

Incorporated: 1802
Origin: This town was originally the north parish of Rochester known as Three Ponds or Milton Mills. Located along the Maine border on the Salmon River, it was the location of several mills, and the scene of early manufacturing. Following the 1798 incorporation of the northwest parish as Farmington, Rochester's territory was over 20 miles long, making travel to the meetinghouse difficult, and the north parish was incorporated as Milton in 1802. The name Milton may have come from a relative of the Wentworths, William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Fitzwilliam and Viscount Milton. Milton's Mount Teneriffe was named in honor of the volcano on the Canary Islands.
Villages and Place Names: Hayes Corner, Laskey Corner, Milton Mills, Town House
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,005 residents in 1810
Population Trends: Population change for Milton totaled 2,624 over 50 years, from 1,859 in 1970 to 4,483 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The town's population decreased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2021 Census estimate for Milton was 4,510 residents, which ranked 87th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2021 (US Census Bureau): 136.4 persons per square mile of land area. Milton contains 33.0 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $4,723,991
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $11,431,172
Zoning Ordinance 1989/10
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Building Inspector
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; School; Water District; Trust Funds
Appointed:Recreation; Conservation; Economic Development; Town House
Public Library Milton Free Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 8 miles 23

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Milton Water District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Breezeline
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2021 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.86
2021 Equalization Ratio 68.0
2021 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.37
2021 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,858
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,529
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 73
Five or More Units in Structure 81
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 175
(US Census Bureau) Population
(Decennial/ACS 2017-2021)
Total Population Community County
2021 4,503 130,598
2020 4,482 130,889
2010 4,598 123,143
2000 3,940 112,676
1990 3,690 104,348
1980 2,438 85,324
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   2,226 Female:   2,277
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 243
Age 5 to 19 862
Age 20 to 34 955
Age 35 to 54 910
Age 55 to 64 818
Age 65 and over 715
Median Age 38.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,249
High school graduate or higher 92.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,973
Median family income $106,076
Median household income $80,238
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $56,263
Female $50,119
Individuals below the poverty level 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2011 2021
Civilian Labor Force 2,317 2,267
Employed 2,161 2,179
Unemployed 156 88
Unemployment Rate 6.7% 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2011 2021
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 243 328
Average Weekly Wage $719 $951
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 237 285
Average Weekly Wage $594 $924
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 480 613
Average Weekly Wage $657 $938
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 57 70
Average Weekly Wage $680 $844
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 537 683
Average Weekly Wage $660 $929

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Milton operates grades K-12 SAU 64
Career Technology Center(s): Dover Career Technical Center
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 222 126 128 35
2021 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 54
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Index Packaging Foam packaging 157 1968
Milton School District Education 115
Iron Mountain Document storage 20 2001
Eastern Boats Boat manufacturing 38 1981
Town of Milton Municipal services 132
ProLine Aluminum trailer manufacturer 13

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 16, 75, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exits 17-18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance Local access; 30 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Skyhaven, RochesterRunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 48 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 52 miles
Portland, ME 49 miles
Boston, MA 83 miles
New York City, NY 294 miles
Montreal, Quebec 268 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,289
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.7%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 9.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 15.1%
Commuting to another NH community 77.9%
Commuting out-of-state 7.0%
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
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
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
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): King Pine
Other: NH Farm Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, April 2023. Community Response Received 5/9/22

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