Alton NH

Community Contact Town of Alton
Board of Selectmen
PO Box 659
Alton, NH 03809
 
Telephone (603) 875-2161
Fax (603) 875-0207
E-mail administrator@alton.nh.gov
Web Site www.alton.nh.gov
 
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 
County Belknap
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council
 
Election Districts  
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 4
State Representative
Belknap County District 5
Incorporated: 1796
 
Origin: Originally called New Durham Gore, the town was settled by a group from Roxbury, Massachusetts. There were already two towns named Roxbury in New England, so the town was incorporated as Alton in honor of a prominent family from Roxbury. The town's boundary envelopes the five-mile long Alton Bay, southeastern point of Lake Winnipesaukee, and includes the southern side of Wolfeboro Harbor and all of the largest islands in the southeast end of the lake. Alton's 19.3 square miles of inland water area is the highest among the cities and towns in New Hampshire. 
 
Villages and Place Names: Alton Bay, East Alton, Mount Major, South Alton, West Alton
 
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 445 residents in 1790
 
Population Trends: Population change for Alton totaled 3,339 over 50 years, from 1,189 in 1950 to 4,528 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 48 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, followed by 35 percent and 38 percent increases over the next two decades. The 2008 Census estimate for Alton was 5,082 residents, which ranked 66th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
 
Population Density, 2008: 79.5 persons per square mile of land area. Alton contains 63.9 square miles of land area and 19.3 square miles of inland water area.
 
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $7,075,746
Budget: School Appropriations, 2009 $11,623,952
Zoning Ordinance 1970/07
Master Plan 2002
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; Checklist; Trust Funds; Water; Zoning
Appointed:
Conservation; Parks & Recreation

Public Library Gilman

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 11 miles 25
     
     

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop; Wolfeboro Electric
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Alton Water Works

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal  
Curbside Trash Pickup
Private
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Fairpoint; Union
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $11.30
2008 Equalization Ratio 98.2
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $11.08

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
3.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
0.4%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2008 Total Housing Units 4,199
   
2008 Single-Family Units 3,754
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
49
2008 Multi-Family Units 241
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 204
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2008 5,082 61,281
2000 4,528 56,576
1990 3,289 49,294
1980 2,440 42,884
1970 1,647 32,367

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,238
Female
2,264

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
273
Age 5 to 19
887
Age 20 to 34
630
Age 35 to 54
1,472
Age 55 to 64
545
Age 65 and over
695
Median Age
41.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
21.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $25,940
Median 4-person family income $46,467
Median household income $43,451

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$37,585
Female
$29,375

Families below the poverty level 5.4%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
1,952 2,773
Employed
1,896 2,669
Unemployed
56 104
Unemployment Rate
2.9% 3.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries    
Average Employment
35 77
Average Weekly Wage
$438 $805
     
Service Providing Industries    
Average Employment
526 642
Average Weekly Wage
$308 $472
     
Total Private Industry    
Average Employment
561 719
Average Weekly Wage
$316 $508
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)    
Average Employment
167 313
Average Weekly Wage
$445 $650
     
Total, Private plus Government    
Average Employment
728 1,032
Average Weekly Wage
$346 $551
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Alton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are jointly managed with Barnstead. District: SAU 72/JMA
Career Technology Center(s): Region 9 Vocational Technical Center, Wolfeboro Region: 09
 
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1   1  
Grade Levels
P K 1-8   9-12  
Total Enrollment
586   534  
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities: 4 Total Capacity: 97
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: University of NH

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Alton School Department Education 116 1797
Town of Alton Municipal services 110 1796
McDonald's Fast food restaurant 50 1995
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 38 FT & 94 PT 2006
Dunkin' Donuts Donut shop 20 1996
Water Industries Commercial pumping systems 20 1963
Alton Home & Lumber Hardware & lumber sales 10 1994
Christian Conference Center Recreational, campground 8 1863
Blake Equipment Water pumps 5 1998
       

TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes  
  State Routes 11, 11D, 28, 28A, 140
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
         Distance 28 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway
5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 45 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
40 miles
Portland, ME
68 miles
Boston, MA
91 miles
New York City, NY
302 miles
Montreal, Quebec
254 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.2%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
14.4%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
1.2%
Other Means
0.3%
Worked at home
3.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 31.1 minutes
   
Percent of Working Residents:  
Working in community of residence
24%
Commuting to another NH community
68%
Commuting out-of-state
9%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
  Boys Club/Girls Club
  Golf Courses
  Swimming: Indoor Facility
  Swimming: Outdoor Facility
  Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
  Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
  Bowling Facilities
X Museums
  Cinemas
  Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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 Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
  Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
  Overnight or Day Camps
   
  Nearest Ski Area(s): Gunstock
   
  Other: Boat Launch; Town Docks; Swim Dock; Public Beach in Picnic Area; B&M RR; Old Home Days

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 10/16/09

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