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Community Contact Town of Dalton
Jo Beth Dudley
756 Dalton Road
  Dalton, NH 03598
Telephone (603) 837-7027
Fax (603) 837-9642
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectboard: Wednesday, 8-2, Monday and Friday by appointment; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 1-6, Thursday, 7-1
County Coos County
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH portion
Tourism Region Great North Woods Region
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Coos Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 1
State Representative Coos County District 1
Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This territory, first granted in 1764 under the name Chiswick, originally encompassed Lisbon, Littleton, and Dalton. In 1770, a portion of the grant was renamed Apthorp, after relatives of the Wentworths. At that time, the grantees were bought out by Colonel Moses Little, commander of the 24th Massachusetts Bay Regiment and relative of the Apthorp family. In 1784, the grant was divided into two towns, Littleton, named for the Colonel, and Dalton, which bears the name of the Colonel's great-grandson, Tristram Dalton, a prominent colonial merchant and classmate of Governor John Wentworth at Harvard.
Villages and Place Names: Cushman, Scott
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 14 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Dalton totaled 482 over 50 years, from 425 in 1970 to 907 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 58 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population declined by seven percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Dalton was 931 residents, which ranked 189th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 33.8 persons per square mile of land area. Dalton contains 27.5 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $955,100
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $1,988,205
Zoning Ordinance No Board
Master Plan 2023
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Library
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation
Public Library Dalton Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Part-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster 12 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
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 Yes
    Recycling Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business No
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Limited

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $25.55
2022 Equalization Ratio 54.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $13.88
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 89.9%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 3.8%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 6.3%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 582
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 391
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 0
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 191

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 931   31,476
   2020 907   31,268
   2010 964   33,055
   2000 925   33,111
   1990 824   34,828
   1980 672   35,147

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   412 Female   583
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 34
      Age 5 to 19 210
      Age 20 to 34 160
      Age 35 to 54 207
      Age 55 to 64 231
      Age 65 and over 153
            Median Age 43.5 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 716
      High school graduation or higher 93.2%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 21.9%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $32,769
Median Family Income $95,938
Median Household Income $64,632
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $58,000
      Female $43,333
Individuals below poverty level 18.1%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 460   423
    Employed 432   412
    Unemploymed 28   11
    Unemployment rate 6.1%   2.6%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  7  n
    Average Weekly Wage  $940  n
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  30  n
    Average Weekly Wage  $681  n
Total Private  
    Average Employment  37  34
    Average Weekly Wage  $733  $1,082
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  11  17
    Average Weekly Wage  $392  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  48  51
    Average Weekly Wage  $656  $814
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of White Mountains Regional (Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster, Whitefield) District: SAU 36
Career Technology Center: Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center (Littleton) White Mountains RHS (Whitefield)
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools        
Grade Levels        
Total Enrollment        
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest College or Universities: Plymouth State; Northern VT - Lyndon (VT)

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     0   Capacity:     0

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Town of Dalton Municipal services
Team O'Neil Rally School Driving School 1997
JR's Cycle Repair Motorcycle service/repair
Top of the Hill Store Convenience store/deli
Hillside Gravel Pit Quarry
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 135, 142
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exit 43
Distance: 9 miles
Railroad Maine Central
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Mt Washington Reg, Whitefield Runway  4,001 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   76 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 115 miles
    Portland, Maine 113 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 166 miles
    New York City, New York 346 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 175 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 82.4%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 13.7%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.2%
  Walked: 0.6%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 3.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 21.1 minutes
Work in community of residence: 48.3%
Commute to other NH community: 47.7%
Commute out-of-state: 4.1%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
Youth Sports: Baseball
Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Bretton Woods; Cannon
Other: Forest Lake State Park and Beach; Team O'Neil Rally School; David Dana Forest