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Community Contact Town of Tuftonboro
Cathy Pounder, Administrative Assistant
Town Hall, PO Box 98
  Tuftonboro, NH 03816
Telephone (603) 569-4539 x13
Fax (603) 569-4328
Web Site
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, last Saturday each month, 9-11; Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9-12
County Carroll County
Labor Market Area Wolfeboro, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate 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 largest decennial percent change was a 65 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by four percent from 2010 to 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. 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
Capital 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 Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Limited
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $6.44
2022 Equalization Ratio 89.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $5.76
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 97.2%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 1.8%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 2,542
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 2,224
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 41
    Five or More Units in Structure 110
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 167

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 2,584   52,154
   2020 2,475   50,107
   2010 2,371   47,818
   2000 2,157   43,666
   1990 1,832   35,410
   1980 1,500   27,931

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,268 Female   1,239
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 82
      Age 5 to 19 322
      Age 20 to 34 236
      Age 35 to 54 545
      Age 55 to 64 376
      Age 65 and over 946
            Median Age 57.4 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 2,022
      High school graduation or higher 93.9%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 40.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $47,585
Median Family Income $97,468
Median Household Income $82,837
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $86,500
      Female $48,542
Individuals below poverty level 3.4%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,211   1,164
    Employed 1,160   1,137
    Unemploymed 51   27
    Unemployment rate 4.2%   2.3%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-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  
    Average Employment  338  316
    Average Weekly Wage  $604  $896
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  96  65
    Average Weekly Wage  $521  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  434  381
    Average Weekly Wage  $585  $906
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) District: SAU 49
Career Technology Center: 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      
Total Enrollment 100      
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: Plymouth State

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     2   Capacity:     32

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
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
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 Airport Runway  3,475 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Portland (ME) International Distance   60 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 64 miles
    Portland, Maine 64 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 110 miles
    New York City, New York 318 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 240 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 74.6%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 5.5%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 5.2%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 14.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.3 minutes
Work in community of residence: 78.8%
Commute to other NH community: 14.5%
Commute out-of-state: 6.7%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 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 Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Mount Cranmore, Attitash, Gunstock, Abenaki, King Pine
Other: Hiking