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Wilton, NH

wilton New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Wilton
Jane Farrell, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
42 Main Street, PO Box 83
Wilton, NH 03086
Telephone (603) 654-9451
Fax (603) 654-6663
E-mail jfarrell@wiltonnh.org
Web Site www.ci.wilton.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Administration: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9-4, Thursday, 9-7

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Nashua Regional
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 5
State Senate District District 11
State Representative Hillsborough County District 32

Incorporated: 1762
Origin: This territory was first settled in 1738 as Number 2, one of the towns on the state's border laid out to provide protection against Indian attacks. The town was first granted by the Massachusetts government in 1749. In 1761, residents petitioned Governor Benning Wentworth for an incorporation, which was granted the following year, to continue until 1765. The town was incorporated again in 1765, until his Majesty's pleasure be known. Governor Wentworth named the town Wilton, probably in honor of Sir Joseph Wilton, a famous English sculptor. Wilton's coach design for King George III's coronation was later used as a model for the Concord Coach.
Villages and Place Names: Davisville, West Wilton, Wilton Center
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,105 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Wilton totaled 1,622 over 50 years, from 2,276 in 1970 to 3,898 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Wilton was 3,966 residents, which ranked 100th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 154.9 persons per square mile of land area. Wilton contains 25.6 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2022 $5,869,559
Budget: School Appropriations, 2021-2022 $13,152,064
Zoning Ordinance 1971/22
Master Plan 2022
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Nashua Regional Planning /Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Please visit www.wiltonnh.gov for a list of boards & committees to which citizens may be elected or appointed.
Public Library Wilton Public - Gregg Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief & volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Full-time & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Monadnock Community, Peterborough 15 miles 25
St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua 18 miles 159
Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua 17 miles 163

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells; Wilton Water Works
Sanitation Milford sewer & private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated; TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.66
2022 Equalization Ratio 85.9
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.68
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings90.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings8.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 1,837
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,330
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 423
Five or More Units in Structure 42
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 42
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 3,966 426,594
2020 3,896 422,937
2010 3,677 400,721
2000 3,753 382,384
1990 3,129 336,549
1980 2,669 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   1,906 Female:   1,982
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 239
Age 5 to 19 339
Age 20 to 34 617
Age 35 to 54 1,169
Age 55 to 64 746
Age 65 and over 778
Median Age 49.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 3,108
High school graduate or higher 94.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 32.0%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $45,217
Median family income $106,419
Median household income $83,984
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $70,958
Female $54,671
Individuals below the poverty level 4.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 2,055 2,201
Employed 1,949 2,143
Unemployed 106 58
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 557 298
Average Weekly Wage $908 $1,191
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 519 394
Average Weekly Wage $622 $1,042
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 1,075 692
Average Weekly Wage $770 $1,106
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 197 197
Average Weekly Wage $748 $923
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 1,272 890
Average Weekly Wage $767 $1,065

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 Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative SAU 63
Career Technology Center(s): Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Ed Ctr (Hudson)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 240 124 145 321
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 74
Nearest Community/Technical College: Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Rivier; Franklin Pierce

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop Education 69
Kimball Physics, Inc. UHV electron 50 1973
Souhegan Wood Products Core plugs, winding cores 20 1940
S & Q Printers Printed forms 9 1984
Wilton Elementary School Education 55
High Mowing School Education 24
Town of Wilton Municipal Services 30 1762
Pine Hill School Education 21

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 31, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit Everett Tpk., Exits 7 - 8; or I-293, Exit 4
Distance 14 miles; 21 miles
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Boire Field, NashuaRunway6,000 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 24 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 25 miles
Portland, ME 119 miles
Boston, MA 60 miles
New York City, NY 225 miles
Montreal, Quebec 264 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 2,090
Drove alone, car/truck/van 84.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.6%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 0.6%
Worked at home 7.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 15.6%
Commuting to another NH community 77.1%
Commuting out-of-state 7.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
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 Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourist Attractions
X 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 Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Crotched Mountain
Other: Hiking Trails; Swimming Pond

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 7/11/22

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