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Tilton, NH

tilton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Tilton
Jeanie Forrester, Town Administrator
257 Main Street
Tilton, NH 03276
Telephone (603) 286-4521 x101
Fax (603) 286-3519
E-mail jforrester@tiltonnh.org
Web Site http://tiltonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Hall: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:15; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30-4:15, Thursday, 8:30-5:30

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 7
State Representative Belknap County District 3, 8

Incorporated: 1869
Origin: This territory was settled long before it became a town, the southern part of Sanbornton known as Sanbornton Bridge or Bridge Village. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1869 and named Tilton, in honor of Nathaniel Tilton, one of the first settlers. Nathaniel Tilton established an iron foundry and the area's first hotel, the Dexter House. His grandson Charles was a prominent citizen of the town when it was incorporated, prompting the choice of name. Charles Tilton made a considerable fortune in the 1849 California Gold Rush. He donated many statues to the town, including the Tilton Arch, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School.
Villages and Place Names: East Tilton, The Plains, Winnisquam, Belmont Junction, Tilton Arch, Downtown Tilton Statues
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,147 residents in 1870
Population Trends: Population change for Tilton totaled 1,384 over 50 years, from 2,579 in 1970 to 3,963 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Tilton was 4,067 residents, which ranked 96th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 356.4 persons per square mile of land area. Tilton contains 11.4 square miles of land area and 0.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen/Town Meeting
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $6,337,761
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $6,021,364
Zoning Ordinance 1956/23
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library; Sewer; Check List; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Parks; Recycling
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Franklin 3 miles 31

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Lochmere Village District; Tilton-Northfield Water District
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $16.07
2022 Equalization Ratio 69.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $11.10
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings47.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings46.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,971
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,229
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 196
Five or More Units in Structure 228
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 318
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 4,067 64,781
2020 3,962 63,705
2010 3,567 60,088
2000 3,478 56,576
1990 3,239 49,294
1980 3,387 42,884
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,994 Female:   1,935
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 226
Age 5 to 19 440
Age 20 to 34 792
Age 35 to 54 1,143
Age 55 to 64 458
Age 65 and over 870
Median Age 46.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,083
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 24.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $32,745
Median family income $70,982
Median household income $58,588
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,935
Female $43,495
Individuals below the poverty level 7.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,903 1,798
Employed 1,796 1,749
Unemployed 107 49
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 185 205
Average Weekly Wage $871 $1,558
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 3,699 3,779
Average Weekly Wage $491 $768
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 3,885 3,983
Average Weekly Wage $509 $809
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 716 537
Average Weekly Wage $697 $1,094
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 4,600 4,520
Average Weekly Wage $538 $843

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 1 1
Grade Levels P 5-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 13 398 411 187
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 268
Nearest Community/Technical College: NHTI-Concord; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State; Colby-Sawyer; Granite State College; UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
j.jill Contact & distribution center of women's apparel 325+ 1998
Wal-Mart Retail store 110 1994
NuCar Car dealership 110 1997
Tanger Outlet Stores Retail outlet stores 200+ 1994
The Tilton School Education 99 1845
3M Power transmission products 70 1976
Home Depot Home improvement center 150+ 2001
Lowes Home improvement center 94 2005
Winnisquam Regional School District Education 114 1936
Hobby Lobby Retail arts, crafts, & home furnishings 35 2017

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 132, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation WTS
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 41 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 35 miles
Portland, ME 127 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 282 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,065
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 13.3%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 0.0%
Other Means 1.6%
Worked at home 8.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 28.5%
Commuting to another NH community 71.0%
Commuting out-of-state 0.5%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X 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
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
Other: Senior Center; Merrimack Valley Railroad; Lakes; Summer Concert Series; Old Home Day; Highland Mountain Bike Park; Christmas Parade; Winnipesaukee River Trail; Kayaking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/15/22

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