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Sanbornton, NH

sanbornton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Sanbornton
Trish Stafford, Town Administrator
PO Box 124
Sanbornton, NH 03269
Telephone (603) 286-8303
Fax (603) 286-9544
E-mail townadministrator@sanborntonnh.org
Web Site www.sanborntonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk: Wednesday, 8-12:30 and 1-6:30, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8-12:30 and 1-4, closed Mondays

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Franklin, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 2
State Representative Belknap County District 3, 8

Incorporated: 1770
Origin: This territory was known as First Township, being the first that lay at Winepessocky, with Meredith being the second. In 1748, a grant was issued by the Masonian Proprietors to settlers from Hampton, Exeter, and Stratham, including 12 Sanborns, and so the town was named Sanbornton. The town was officially incorporated as such in 1770. The southern portion of town, known as Sanbornton Bridge, was the winter quarters for the colonial army during the 1746 Canada Expedition. In 1869, Sanbornton Bridge was incorporated as the town of Tilton.
Villages and Place Names: Gaza, North Sanbornton, Chapel, Winnisquam
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,587 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sanbornton totaled 2,008 over 50 years, from 1,022 in 1970 to 3,030 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Sanbornton was 3,062 residents, which ranked 111th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 64.8 persons per square mile of land area. Sanbornton contains 47.3 square miles of land area and 2.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $8,773,383
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $6,588,088
Zoning Ordinance 1956/19
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Cemetery; Library; Trust Funds; Treasurer
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Capital Improvement; Solid Waste; Zoning; Historic District; Recreation
Public Library Sanbornton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Franklin 7 miles 31

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic & state
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Atlantic Broadband; Consolidated
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.87
2022 Equalization Ratio 58.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.59
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,641
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,483
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 11
Five or More Units in Structure 24
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 123
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 3,062 64,781
2020 3,026 63,705
2010 2,966 60,088
2000 2,605 56,576
1990 2,136 49,294
1980 1,679 42,884
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,629 Female:   1,407
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 72
Age 5 to 19 513
Age 20 to 34 534
Age 35 to 54 696
Age 55 to 64 648
Age 65 and over 573
Median Age 46.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 2,325
High school graduate or higher 90.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 33.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,036
Median family income $106,648
Median household income $71,771
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $63,578
Female $51,044
Individuals below the poverty level 5.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,731 1,679
Employed 1,651 1,642
Unemployed 80 37
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 46 54
Average Weekly Wage $675 $817
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 166 269
Average Weekly Wage $1,044 $718
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 212 323
Average Weekly Wage $964 $735
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 85 96
Average Weekly Wage $579 $711
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 297 418
Average Weekly Wage $853 $729

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Winnisquam Regional (Northfield, Sanbornton, Tilton) SAU 59
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-4 9-12
Total Enrollment 177 146
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 85
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State; UNH School of Law; Granite State College

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Steele Hill Resort Restaurant, time share resort 85 1972
Redimix Concrete Concrete manufacturing 25 1961
Sant Bani School Private educational institution 50 1972
Winnisquam Regional School District Education 36
Sanbornton General Store Convenience store, gas
Appletree Nursery Plants 1996
Den Brae Golf Course Golf course
Town of Sanbornton Municipal services 25

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 11,127, 132
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 22
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 45 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 39 miles
Portland, ME 90 miles
Boston, MA 90 miles
New York City, NY 289 miles
Montreal, Quebec 232 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,663
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.0%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 21.0%
Commuting to another NH community 76.8%
Commuting out-of-state 2.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
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 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): Gunstock

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/19/23

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