Thornton New Hampshire Community Profile

Thornton new hampshire community profile
Thornton, NH
Community Contact Town of Thornton
Candace Andrew, Town Administrator
16 Merrill Access Road
Thornton, NH 03223

Telephone (603) 726-4232
Fax (603) 726-2078
E-mail mail@thorntonnh.org
Web Site www.thorntonnh.org/

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm, and Friday, 9 am - 3:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Plymouth NH LMA
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 2
State Representative
Grafton County District 4
Incorporated: 1763

Origin: This territory was chartered in 1763, and named for Dr. Matthew Thornton. The grant was given to him in return for his service as surgeon in the Pepperell expedition of 1745. Dr. Thornton, whose practice was in Merrimack, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, a justice of the Superior Court, speaker of the House of Representatives, member of the State Senate, delegate to the Continental Congress, and president of the state following the Revolutionary War. No settlements were made under the first grant, and a second was issued in 1768; the first settlements were made in 1770.

Villages and Place Names: Goose Hollow, West Thornton

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 385 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Thornton totaled 1,387 over 50 years, from 460 in 1950 to 1,847 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was an increase of 60 percent between 1970 and 1980, this was followed by a 58 percent increase over the next decade. The 2006 Census estimate for Thornton was 2,074 residents, which ranked 134th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 41.3 persons per square mile of land area. Thornton contains 50.3 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2007 $2,288,634
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $4,194,348
Zoning Ordinance 1970/03
Master Plan 1994
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

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

Public Library Thornton Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time Chief
Town Fire Insurance Rating 6/8B
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Speare Memorial, Plymouth 15 miles 35

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.24
2006 Equalization Ratio 84.9
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.84

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
96.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings
1.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.5%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 1,763
   
2006 Single-Family Units 1,157
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
35
2006 Multi-Family Units 432
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
0
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 174
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 2,074 85,336
2000 1,847 81,826
1990 1,506 74,998
1980 952 65,806
1970 594 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
918
Female
925

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
77
Age 5 to 19
381
Age 20 to 34
354
Age 35 to 54
647
Age 55 to 64
156
Age 65 and over
228
Median Age
38.4 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
89.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher
31.1%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $18,478
Median 4-person family income $45,172
Median household income $38,380

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$27,750
Female
$22,937

Families below the poverty level 6.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
835 1,224
Employed
800 1,189
Unemployed
35 35
Unemployment Rate
4.2% 2.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
18 30
Average Weekly Wage
$334 $644
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
45 64
Average Weekly Wage
$236 $545
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
62 95
Average Weekly Wage
$264 $577
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
79 22
Average Weekly Wage
$314 $700
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
142 116
Average Weekly Wage
$292 $600
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Thornton operates grades K-8; grades 9-12 are part of Pemi-Baker Cooperative (Ashland, Campton, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth) District: SAU 48
Career Technology Center(s): Plymouth Regional High School Region: 05

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-8
Total Enrollment
199
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 5 Total Capacity: 81
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Not available
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 49, 175
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 29
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Plymouth Regional
Runway
2,380 ft. turf
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 58 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
73 miles
Portland, ME
108 miles
Boston, MA
123 miles
New York City, NY
326 miles
Montreal, Quebec
200 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
76.3%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
15.5%
Public transportation
0.3%
Walked
0.5%
Other Means
1.3%
Worked at home
6.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
17%
Commuting to another NH community
81%
Commuting out-of-state
2%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Loon Mtn, Waterville Valley
   
Other: Waterville Valley; Loon Mtn; White Mountains
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/07/07

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