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Tuftonboro, NH

tuftonboro New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Tuftonboro
Audrey Fraizer, Town Administrator
Town Hall, PO Box 98
Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Telephone (603) 569-4539 x13
Fax (603) 569-4328
E-mail townadmin@tuftonboronh.gov
Web Site www.tuftonboronh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Administration: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8-4, Thursday, 8-12; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30-4, Tuesday, 4-7, 9-11; Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9-12

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 6, 7

Incorporated: 1795
Origin: Tuftonboro was owned by just one man, John Tufton Mason, for whom the town was named. Mason was heir to the Masonian Claim, the undivided lands of northern New Hampshire, which he sold to a group of Portsmouth merchants in 1746. These merchants were thereafter known as the Masonian Proprietors. They disposed of the land via grants to prospective settlers prior to the Revolution. The Tuftonboro grant was issued in 1750 by the Proprietors, and the town was incorporated in 1795. Between 1799 and 1863, six Winnipesaukee islands were annexed to Tuftonboro.
Villages and Place Names: Center Tuftonboro, Federal Corner, Melvin Village, Mirror Lake, Tuftonboro Corner, Union Wharf, Abenaki Tower
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 109 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Tuftonboro totaled 1,565 over 50 years, from 910 in 1970 to 2,475 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Tuftonboro was 2,584 residents, which ranked 122nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 63.6 persons per square mile of land area, which tied with Lisbon. Tuftonboro contains 40.6 square miles of land area and 8.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2023 $6,052,633
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $7,305,876
Zoning Ordinance 1969/19
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Budget; Library; Cemetery; Checklist; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Parks & Recreation
Public Library Tuftonboro Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 8 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro
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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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) $6.44
2022 Equalization Ratio 89.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $5.76
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings97.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings1.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,468
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,127
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 30
Five or More Units in Structure 110
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 201
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 2,584 52,199
2020 2,467 50,107
2010 2,387 47,818
2000 2,164 43,918
1990 1,832 35,526
1980 1,500 27,929
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,190 Female:   1,289
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 144
Age 5 to 19 368
Age 20 to 34 245
Age 35 to 54 487
Age 55 to 64 352
Age 65 and over 883
Median Age 54.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 1,897
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 46.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $40,481
Median family income $92,581
Median household income $76,176
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $78,750
Female $41,406
Individuals below the poverty level 7.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 1,211 1,169
Employed 1,160 1,139
Unemployed 51 30
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 55 63
Average Weekly Wage $562 $926
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 283 254
Average Weekly Wage $612 $888
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 338 316
Average Weekly Wage $604 $896
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 96 65
Average Weekly Wage $521 $954
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 434 381
Average Weekly Wage $585 $906

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 Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) SAU 49
Career Technology Center(s): Lakes Region Technology Center (Wolfeboro)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 100
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 32
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Melvin Village Marina Marina 26 1954
Birch and Vine Restaurant 17 2021
Spiderweb Gardens Greenhouse & garden center 20 1938
Lands End Marina Marina 9 1946
Pier 19 Convenience Store 8 2020
Tuftonboro General Store General Store 3 1822

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 109, 109A, 171
Nearest Interstate, Exit Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-93, Exit 24
Distance 23 miles; 28 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Moultonborough AirportRunway3,475 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 60 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 64 miles
Portland, ME 64 miles
Boston, MA 110 miles
New York City, NY 318 miles
Montreal, Quebec 240 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 948
Drove alone, car/truck/van 70.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.1%
Other Means 0.0%
Worked at home 13.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 35.8%
Commuting to another NH community 61.8%
Commuting out-of-state 2.4%
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
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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Cranmore, Attitash, Gunstock, Abenaki, King Pine
Other: Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/21/23

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