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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 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 3,213 over 57 years, from 1,418 in 1960 to 4,631 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase between 1980 to 1990; the second largest increase was 31 percent for both 1960 to 1970 and 1970 to 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Milton was 4,631 residents, which ranked 79th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 140.1 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, 2017 $4,335,400
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $10,568,758
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 Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.89
2017 Equalization Ratio 96.7
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.38
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,040
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,600
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 63
Five or More Units in Structure 99
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 278
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 4,631 128,613
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   2,305 Female:   2,297
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 255
Age 5 to 19 806
Age 20 to 34 775
Age 35 to 54 1,047
Age 55 to 64 1,017
Age 65 and over 702
Median Age 46.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 91.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 22.8%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,612
Median family income $74,408
Median household income $67,214
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $52,165
Female $40,000
Individuals below the poverty level 3.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 2,441 2,309
Employed 2,346 2,247
Unemployed 95 62
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $245 $272
Average Weekly Wage $707 $851
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $211 $244
Average Weekly Wage $553 $964
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $455 $515
Average Weekly Wage $636 $904
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $58 $72
Average Weekly Wage $605 $692
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $513 $587
Average Weekly Wage $632 $879

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 2
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 239 111 165 36
2017 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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.0%
Public transportation 1.5%
Walked 1.1%
Other Means 2.0%
Worked at home 4.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 32.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 9.8%
Commuting to another NH community 79.4%
Commuting out-of-state 10.8%
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 Tourists 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, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/5/17

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