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Sutton, NH

sutton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Sutton
David Grinsell, 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 Town Administrator: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8-4, closed 12-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 9-6, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-4, last Saturday of the month, 9-12

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 District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 7
State Representative Merrimack County District 6

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 1,361 over 50 years, from 642 in 1970 to 2,003 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Sutton was 2,034 residents, which ranked 139th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 47.8 persons per square mile of land area. Sutton contains 42.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $3,751,006
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $4,638,859
Zoning Ordinance 1966/20
Master Plan 2021
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
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $24.16
2022 Equalization Ratio 68.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.50
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings94.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings3.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,147
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,105
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 42
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
2022 2,034 156,020
2020 1,978 153,808
2010 1,837 146,445
2000 1,556 136,716
1990 1,460 120,618
1980 1,091 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,055 Female:   1,092
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 45
Age 5 to 19 379
Age 20 to 34 272
Age 35 to 54 633
Age 55 to 64 327
Age 65 and over 491
Median Age 48.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,534
High school graduate or higher 98.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 48.2%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $52,454
Median family income $128,500
Median household income $115,357
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $65,682
Female $45,417
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,070 1,091
Employed 1,034 1,068
Unemployed 36 23
Unemployment Rate 3.4% 2.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment n 98
Average Weekly Wage n $1,634
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment n 76
Average Weekly Wage n $610
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 221 173
Average Weekly Wage $898 $1,187
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 236 215
Average Weekly Wage $854 $1,128
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 457 388
Average Weekly Wage $875 $1,154

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
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 9-12
Total Enrollment 157 410 497
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 76
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen College; New England

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Labsphere, Inc. Light measurement technology 105 1979
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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 1,276
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 0.9%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 12.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.5 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 22.0%
Commuting to another NH community 71.7%
Commuting out-of-state 6.3%
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
Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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