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Sutton, NH

sutton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Sutton Board of Selectmen
Elly Phillips, Town Administrator
93 Main Street
Sutton Mills, NH 03221
Telephone (603) 927-2400
Fax Not Available
E-mail townadmin@sutton-nh.org
Web Site www.sutton-nh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 9 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am - 3 pm, last Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area New London, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 8
State Representative Merrimack County District 4

Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This territory was granted in 1748 to Obadiah Parry and others from Haverhill, Massachusetts, who had petitioned the Masonian Proprietors for a land grant. For a while the settlement was known as Parrystown. Because it was located in Indian country near Mount Kearsarge, many settlers forfeited their claims, even with an extension granted in 1773. In 1783 residents petitioned for incorporation and town privileges under the name Sutton, which was granted in 1784. Sutton was at one time home to a religious sect known as the Osgoodites.
Villages and Place Names: East Sutton, North Sutton, Shingle Mill Corner, South Sutton, Sutton Mills
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 520 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sutton totaled 1,390 over 57 years, from 487 in 1960 to 1,877 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 70 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Sutton was 1,877 residents, which ranked 144th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 44.1 persons per square mile of land area. Sutton contains 42.5 square miles of land area and 0.7 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $3,067,893
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $4,039,046
Zoning Ordinance 1966/16
Master Plan 2005
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/ZBA
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library; Trust Funds; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Building
Public Library Sutton Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 8 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 ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $26.30
2017 Equalization Ratio 82.6
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.71
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings93.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings4.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,019
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 980
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 39
Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 1,877 149,216
2010 1,837 146,445
2000 1,556 136,716
1990 1,460 120,618
1980 1,091 98,302
1970 642 80,925
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   1,021 Female:   937
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 103
Age 5 to 19 414
Age 20 to 34 231
Age 35 to 54 459
Age 55 to 64 329
Age 65 and over 422
Median Age 44.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 51.1%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $37,014
Median family income $88,214
Median household income $82,321
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $56,071
Female $48,056
Individuals below the poverty level 5.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 1,046 1,085
Employed 1,016 1,063
Unemployed 30 22
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 2.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $90 n
Average Weekly Wage $1,034 n
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $66 n
Average Weekly Wage $679 n
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $157 $209
Average Weekly Wage $884 $919
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $168 $223
Average Weekly Wage $688 $965
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $325 $431
Average Weekly Wage $782 $943

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 Kearsarge Regional (Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, Wilmot) SAU 65
Career Technology Center(s): Concord Regional Technical Center Region: 11
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 101 425 535
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 24
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Northeast Catholic College

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Labsphere, Inc. Light measurement technology 129
Country Club of New Hampshire Golf course

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 103, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exit 10
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 36 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 44 miles
Portland, ME 136 miles
Boston, MA 94 miles
New York City, NY 267 miles
Montreal, Quebec 219 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 75.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.4%
Public transportation 1.6%
Walked 1.0%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 10.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.0 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 24.2%
Commuting to another NH community 71.6%
Commuting out-of-state 4.2%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
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
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Ragged Mountain
Other: Wadleigh State Park

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/7/18

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