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Community Contact Town of Middleton
Board of Selectmen
182 King's Highway
  Middleton, NH 03887
Telephone (603) 473-2261
Fax (603) 473-2450
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Board of Selectmen: Monday to Thursday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, 10-6, Wednesday, 10-4, Thursday, 8-4
County Strafford County
Labor Market Area Dover-Durham, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA, NH portion
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Strafford Regional Planning
Regional Development Wentworth Economic Development Corp.
Election Districts
US Congress District 1
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 3
State Representative Strafford County Districts 3, 18
Incorporated: 1778
Origin: This territory was first granted by the Masonian Proprietors in 1749. It may have been named for Sir Charles Middleton, Lord Barham, an admiral of the Navy who had served in the West Indies. Middleton was situated on the road between Exeter and Wolfeboro, the location of Governor John Wentworth's summer home, Kingswood. Neglect of the road caused the Governor to bill the proprietors for repairs that he had to make for safe travel to Kingswood. In 1785, residents of the northern portion of Middleton and part of Wolfeboro petitioned for a separately incorporated town. The first petition was at first denied, but then was granted in 1794 as Brookfield.
Villages and Place Names: Middleton Corners
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 617 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Middleton totaled 1,397 over 50 years, from 430 in 1970 to 1,827 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 71 percent increase 1970 and 1980, followed by a 66 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The town's population increased by two percent from 2010 to 2020.
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 102.8 persons per square mile of land area. Middleton contains 18 square miles of land area and 0.4 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $1,826,632
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $5,285,125
Zoning Ordinance 1981/16
Master Plan 2026
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Trust Funds; Budget; Checklist; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Moderator
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning
Public Library No Library

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro 10 miles   25
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 15 miles   27

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 Municipal
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program None
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $26.09
2022 Equalization Ratio 58.6
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.07
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 93.6%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 4.4%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 752
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 670
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 13
    Five or More Units in Structure 0
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 69

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 1,851   133,243
   2020 1,827   130,889
   2010 1,783   123,143
   2000 1,452   112,233
   1990 1,220   104,233
   1980 734   85,408

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   817 Female   720
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 72
      Age 5 to 19 247
      Age 20 to 34 275
      Age 35 to 54 392
      Age 55 to 64 293
      Age 65 and over 258
            Median Age 41.5 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 1,112
      High school graduation or higher 91.3%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 18.5%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $36,597
Median Family Income $107,841
Median Household Income $94,300
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $64,375
      Female $46,696
Individuals below poverty level 9.1%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 1,020   1,014
    Employed 957   993
    Unemploymed 63   21
    Unemployment rate 6.2%   2.1%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  31
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $952
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  n  88
    Average Weekly Wage  n  $1,379
Total Private  
    Average Employment  100  119
    Average Weekly Wage  $826  $1,267
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  28  11
    Average Weekly Wage  $336  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  128  131
    Average Weekly Wage  $721  $1,267
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Middleton operates grades K-6; grades 7-12 are tuitioned to Governor Wentworth Regional (Brookfield, Effingham, Middleton, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro) District: SAU 69
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 P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 152
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     1   Capacity:     15

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Middleton Building Supply & DiPrizio Pine Sales Building materials 76 1993
Town of Middleton Municipal services 23 1778
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 153
Nearest Interstate/Exit: Spaulding Tpk., Exit 18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance: 5 miles; 34 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Skyhaven, Rochester Runway  4,200 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Portland (ME) International Distance   57 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 52 miles
    Portland, Maine 54 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 88 miles
    New York City, New York 299 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 265 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 82.2%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 9.3%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.7%
  Walked: 0.0%
  Traveled by other means: 0.4%
  Worked at home: 7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 43.1 minutes
Work in community of residence: 71.4%
Commute to other NH community: 19.9%
Commute out-of-state: 8.8%
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: Gunstock