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Milton, NH

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

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Thursday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm, last Saturday, 8 am - 12 noon

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 1

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 2,765 over 49 years, from 1,859 in 1970 to 4,624 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase between 1980 to 1990; the second largest increase was 31 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Milton was 4,624 residents, which ranked 78th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 139.9 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, 2020 $4,616,534
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $10,815,720
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-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 8 miles 96

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 Atlantic Broadband
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.56
2019 Equalization Ratio 96.6
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.49
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other4.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,140
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,682
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 43
Five or More Units in Structure 135
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 280
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 4,624 130,633
2010 4,598 123,143
2000 3,940 112,676
1990 3,690 104,348
1980 2,438 85,324
1970 1,859 70,431
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   2,398 Female:   2,222
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 233
Age 5 to 19 701
Age 20 to 34 874
Age 35 to 54 1,080
Age 55 to 64 876
Age 65 and over 856
Median Age 46.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 93.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,767
Median family income $99,185
Median household income $70,788
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $53,824
Female $42,333
Individuals below the poverty level 3.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 2,551 2,362
Employed 2,338 2,300
Unemployed 213 62
Unemployment Rate 8.3% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 188 302
Average Weekly Wage $698 $861
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 213 235
Average Weekly Wage $600 $1,000
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 401 536
Average Weekly Wage $646 $922
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 54 72
Average Weekly Wage $676 $777
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 455 608
Average Weekly Wage $650 $905

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 Region: 12
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 244 117 153 42
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 61
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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 87.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.8%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 5.7%
Worked at home 8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 30.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 9.8%
Commuting to another NH community 82.1%
Commuting out-of-state 8.1%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X 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
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, 2021. Community Response Received 8/10/20

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