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Community Contact Town of Sutton
David Grinsell, Town Administrator
93 Main Street
  Sutton Mills, NH 03221
Telephone (603) 927-2400
Fax Not Available
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Town Administrator: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8-4, closed 12-1; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, 9-6, Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-4, last Saturday of the month, 9-12
County Merrimack County
Labor Market Area New London, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Sunapee Region
Planning Commission Central NH Regional Planning
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2
Executive Council District 2
State Senate District 7
State Representative Merrimack County District 6
Incorporated: 1784
Origin: This territory was granted in 1748 to Obadiah Parry and others from Haverhill, Massachusetts, who had petitioned the Masonian Proprietors for a land grant. For a while the settlement was known as Parry's Town. Because it was located in Indian country near Mount Kearsarge, many settlers forfeited their claims, even with an extension granted in 1773. In 1783 residents petitioned for incorporation and town privileges under the name Sutton, which was granted in 1784. Sutton was at one time home to a religious sect known as the Osgoodites.
Villages and Place Names: East Sutton, North Sutton, Shingle Mill Corner, South Sutton, Sutton Mills
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 520 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Sutton totaled 1,361 over 50 years, from 642 in 1970 to 2,003 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 70 percent increase from 1970 to 1980. The town's population increased by nine percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Sutton was 2,034 residents, which ranked 139th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 47.8 persons per square mile of land area. Sutton contains 42.6 square miles of land area and 0.8 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $3,751,006
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $4,638,859
Zoning Ordinance 1966/20
Master Plan 2021
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/ZBA
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Budget; Library; Trust Funds; Cemetery
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Building
Public Library Sutton Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
New London Hospital, New London 8 miles   25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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 Program Mandatory
Telephone Company TDS Telecom
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
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 $24.16
2022 Equalization Ratio 68.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.5
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 94.9%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 3.4%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.7%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,154
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,120
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 30
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 4

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 2,034   156,459
   2020 2,003   153,808
   2010 1,845   146,445
   2000 1,546   136,225
   1990 1,460   120,240
   1980 1,091   98,302

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   1,141 Female   1,113
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 60
      Age 5 to 19 386
      Age 20 to 34 335
      Age 35 to 54 623
      Age 55 to 64 393
      Age 65 and over 457
            Median Age 47.4 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,608
      High school graduation or higher 98.1%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 45.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $57,231
Median Family Income $139,750
Median Household Income $130,568
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $69,788
      Female $49,018
Individuals below poverty level 2.9%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 1,070   1,084
    Employed 1,034   1,064
    Unemploymed 36   20
    Unemployment rate 3.4%   1.8%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  98
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,634
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  76
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $610
Total Private  
    Average Employment  221  173
    Average Weekly Wage  $898  $1,187
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  235  215
    Average Weekly Wage  $855  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  457  388
    Average Weekly Wage  $875  $1,154
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Grades K-12 are part of Kearsarge Regional (Bradford, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton, Warner, Wilmot) District: SAU 65
Career Technology Center: Concord Regional Technical Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1  
Grade Levels K 1-5 6-8 9-12  
Total Enrollment 157 410 497  
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley; NHTI-Concord
Nearest College or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen College; New England

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     2   Capacity:     76

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Labsphere, Inc. Light measurement technology 105 1979
Country Club of New Hampshire Golf course
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 103, 114
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-89, Exit 10
Distance: Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Parlin Field, Newport Runway  3,450 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  No Navigation Aids?  No
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Lebanon Municipal Distance   36 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 44 miles
    Portland, Maine 136 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 94 miles
    New York City, New York 267 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 219 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 80.6%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 4.9%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 0.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.7%
  Worked at home: 13.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.1 minutes
Work in community of residence: 62.1%
Commute to other NH community: 31.3%
Commute out-of-state: 6.6%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
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
Tourist Attractions
Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X 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: Mount Sunapee, Ragged Mountain
Other: Wadleigh State Park