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Sugar Hill, NH

sugarhill New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Sugar Hill
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 574
Sugar Hill, NH 03586
Telephone (603) 823-8468
Fax (603) 823-8446
E-mail selectmen@sugarhillnh.org
Web Site www.sugarhillnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Administrative Assistant: Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 2 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 3 pm - 5 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm

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 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 2, 14

Incorporated: 1962
Origin: This town was part of the 1768 charter of Gunthwaite, which was renamed Lisbon in 1824. Though settled about 1789, this town is New Hampshire's youngest, incorporated in 1962. After considerable litigation, it was carved out of Lisbon to be an independent voting unit. The name Sugar Hill comes from a large grove of sugar maples in the hills. In 1929, Austrian Sig Buchmayr established the first organized ski school in the United States near Peckett's-on-Sugar Hill, one of the earliest resorts to promote winter vacationing.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 336 residents in 1970
Population Trends: Sugar Hill was incorporated in 1962, and the first Census for the town was in 1970. Since then, population change totaled 241, from 336 in 1970 to 577 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 24 percent increase between 1990 and 2000. The 2019 Census estimate for Sugar Hill was 577 residents, which ranked 214th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 33.7 persons per square mile of land area. Sugar Hill contains 17.1 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,497,748
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,356,450
Zoning Ordinance 1968/20
Master Plan 2014
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Zoning; Library; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Conservation
Public Library Richardson Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 12 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Spectrum; Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
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) $20.07
2019 Equalization Ratio 95.9
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.20
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 465
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 432
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 16
Five or More Units in Structure 17
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 577 89,886
2010 563 89,118
2000 564 81,826
1990 454 74,998
1980 397 65,806
1970 336 54,194
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   304 Female:   377
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 12
Age 5 to 19 117
Age 20 to 34 28
Age 35 to 54 135
Age 55 to 64 222
Age 65 and over 167
Median Age 58.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.7%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $48,820
Median family income $96,563
Median household income $88,750
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $68,068
Female $44,531
Individuals below the poverty level 8.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 354 349
Employed 340 344
Unemployed 14 5
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 1.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 47 n
Average Weekly Wage $774 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 99 n
Average Weekly Wage $300 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 146 124
Average Weekly Wage $452 $485
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 11 12
Average Weekly Wage $610 $769
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 157 136
Average Weekly Wage $464 $510

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-6 are part of Lafayette Regional (Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill); grades 7-12 are part of Profile (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield) Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
Grade Levels
Total Enrollment
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 20
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Polly's Pancake Parlor Restaurant, mail order 4-8 1938
Harman's Cheese & Country Store Store, mail order 5-15 1955
Inn at Sunset Hill Inn w/restaurant 20-25 2015
Sugar Hill Inn Inn w/resturant 10-12 1972

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 18, 116, 117
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 38
Distance 4 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia AirportRunway2,305 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 64 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 99 miles
Portland, ME 116 miles
Boston, MA 149 miles
New York City, NY 323 miles
Montreal, Quebec 177 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 3.4%
Public transportation 1.1%
Walked 10.6%
Other Means 13.8%
Worked at home 7.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 31.3%
Commuting to another NH community 61.5%
Commuting out-of-state 7.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
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
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon Mountain
Other: Sugar Hill Historical Museum

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 8/5/20

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