Littleton New Hampshire Community Profile

Littleton new hampshire community profile
Littleton, NH
Community Contact Town of Littleton
Joe Wiggett, Interim Town Manager
125 Main Street, Suite 200
Littleton, NH 03561

Telephone (603) 444-3996
Fax (603) 444-1703
E-mail jwiggett@townoflittleton.org
Web Site www.townoflittleton.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 12:30 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 1
State Representative
Grafton County District 1
Incorporated: 1784

Origin: This town was part of the 1764 charter called Chiswick, which included territory in Lisbon, Littleton, Dalton, and Sugar Hill. In 1770, a charter was issued under the name Apthorp to Colonel Moses Little and others who had purchased a portion of the Chiswick grant from the original grantees. The name Apthorp was in honor of George Apthorp, head of one of the wealthiest mercantile establishments in Boston. In 1784, Apthorp was separated into two towns, one being incorporated as Dalton, and the other as Littleton. The name Littleton was selected in honor of Colonel Moses Little, who had held the post of Surveyor of the King's Woods under Governor Wentworth.

Villages and Place Names: Apthorp, North Littleton

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 96 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Littleton totaled 1,033 over 50 years, from 4,817 in 1950 to 5,850 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a six percent increase between 1960 and 1970; between 1990 and 2000, the population did not change. The 2006 Census estimate for Littleton was 6,162 residents, which ranked 55th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 123.2 persons per square mile of land area. Littleton contains 50.0 square miles of land area and 4.0 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2005 $6,353,990
Budget: School Appropriations, 2005 $13,799,387
Zoning Ordinance 1970/04
Master Plan 2004
Capitol Improvement Plan Pending
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Staff

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Zoning

Public Library Littleton Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 5/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton Local 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Littleton Water & Light; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Littleton Water & Light

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Verizon
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) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.19
2006 Equalization Ratio 80.7
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $20.37

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
43.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings
21.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
34.9%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 3,059
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,671
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
25
2006 Multi-Family Units 1,048
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
12
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 340
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 6,162 85,336
2000 5,850 81,826
1990 5,851 74,998
1980 5,558 65,806
1970 5,290 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
2,765
Female
3,080

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
333
Age 5 to 19
1,225
Age 20 to 34
992
Age 35 to 54
1,832
Age 55 to 64
619
Age 65 and over
844
Median Age
39.2 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
83.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
22.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $18,803
Median 4-person family income $49,915
Median household income $35,887

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$29,081
Female
$21,335

Families below the poverty level 8.6%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
3,330 3,470
Employed
3,140 3,362
Unemployed
190 108
Unemployment Rate
5.7% 3.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,145 894
Average Weekly Wage
$477 $656
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
2,613 3,439
Average Weekly Wage
$389 $586
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
3,758 4,333
Average Weekly Wage
$416 $601
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
433 405
Average Weekly Wage
$542 $736
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
4,191 4,737
Average Weekly Wage
$429 $612
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Littleton operates grades K-12 District: SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Gallen Regional Voc. Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High, Whitefield Region: 03

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1 1 1
Grade Levels
K 1-6 7-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
453 145 312
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 14 Total Capacity: 259
Nearest Community/Technical College: Berlin
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Hitchiner Manufacturing Metal products 500 1984
Littleton Regional Hospital Health care 430 1906
Littleton Coin Collector coins, mail order 300 1947
Burndy Corporation Electrical connectors 230 1976
Wal-Mart Department store 150 1998
Home Depot Home Improvement 130 2005
Norton Pike Sharpening stones 85 1823
Shaw's Supermarket Supermarket 75 2000
GenFoot America Boots 60
Harrison Publishing Printers 19
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 302
  State Routes 10, 18, 116, 135
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 41 - 44
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia Airport
Runway
2,305 ft. turf
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 67 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
102 miles
Portland, ME
112 miles
Boston, MA
152 miles
New York City, NY
327 miles
Montreal, Quebec
168 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
74.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.9%
Public transportation
0.6%
Walked
7.5%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
4.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 17.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
62%
Commuting to another NH community
33%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists 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
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon Mtn
   
Other: Littleton Grist Mill; Littleton Main Street; Moore Reservoir
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/20/07

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