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Community Contact Town of Milton
Chris Jacobs, Town Administrator
PO Box 310
  Milton, NH 03851
Telephone (603) 652-4501 x1
Fax (603) 652-4120
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours Selectmen's Office: Monday to Friday, 8-4; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30-3:30, Thursday, 8:30-5
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 District 2
Incorporated: 1802
Origin: This town was originally the north parish of Rochester known as Three Ponds or Milton Mills. Located along the Maine border on the Salmon River, it was the location of several mills, and the scene of early manufacturing. Following the 1798 incorporation of the northwest parish as Farmington, Rochester's territory was over 20 miles long, making travel to the meetinghouse difficult, and the north parish was incorporated as Milton in 1802. The name Milton may have come from a relative of the Wentworths, William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Fitzwilliam and Viscount Milton. Milton's Mount Teneriffe was named in honor of the volcano on the Canary Islands.
Villages and Place Names: Hayes Corner, Laskey Corner, Milton Mills, Town House
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1005 residents in 1810
Population Trends: Population change for Milton totaled 2,624 over 50 years, from 1,859 in 1970 to 4,483 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a 51 percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The town's population decreased by three percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Milton was 4,573 residents, which ranked 85th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 138.3 persons per square mile of land area. Milton contains 33 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $4,980,452
Budget:School Appropriations,2023-2024 $11,504,266
Zoning Ordinance 1989/23
Master Plan 2005
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Building Inspector
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Selectmen; Planning; Zoning; Library; Cemetery; Budget; School; Water District; Trust Funds
    Appointed: Recreation; Conservation; Economic Development; Town House
Public Library Milton Free Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full & part-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Frisbie Memorial, Rochester 8 miles   27

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Milton Water District
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup None
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Breezeline
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
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 $24.48
2022 Equalization Ratio 60.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.6
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 87.5%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 9.2%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 3.3%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 1,909
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 1,572
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 102
    Five or More Units in Structure 74
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 161

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 4,573   132,571
   2020 4,483   130,889
   2010 4,595   123,143
   2000 3,913   112,233
   1990 3,690   104,233
   1980 2,438   85,408

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   2,364 Female   2,145
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 182
      Age 5 to 19 824
      Age 20 to 34 965
      Age 35 to 54 1,054
      Age 55 to 64 799
      Age 65 and over 685
            Median Age 43.1 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 3,177
      High school graduation or higher 90.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 20.7%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $37,836
Median Family Income $117,337
Median Household Income $86,534
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $58,060
      Female $50,000
Individuals below poverty level 5.9%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 2,311   2,279
    Employed 2,157   2,222
    Unemploymed 154   57
    Unemployment rate 6.7%   2.5%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  236  325
    Average Weekly Wage  $808  $1,036
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  230  345
    Average Weekly Wage  $685  $913
Total Private  
    Average Employment  465  670
    Average Weekly Wage  $747  $973
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  65  69
    Average Weekly Wage  $627  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  530  739
    Average Weekly Wage  $733  $964
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Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Milton operates grades K-12 District: SAU 64
Career Technology Center: Dover Career Technical Center
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 249 146 108 27
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; Great Bay
Nearest College or Universities: University of NH

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     3   Capacity:     114

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Index Packaging Foam packaging 157 1968
Milton School District Education 115
Iron Mountain Document storage 20 2001
Eastern Boats Boat manufacturing 38 1981
Town of Milton Municipal services 132
ProLine Aluminum trailer manufacturer 13
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes:
State Routes: 16, 75, 125
Nearest Interstate/Exit: Spaulding Tpk., Exits 17-18; I-95, Exit 5
Distance: Local access; 30 miles
Railroad NH Northcoast
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   48 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 8
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 52 miles
    Portland, Maine 49 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 83 miles
    New York City, New York 294 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 268 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 76.5%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 9.0%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.6%
  Walked: 0.4%
  Traveled by other means: 0.0%
  Worked at home: 13.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 30.4 minutes
Work in community of residence: 70.1%
Commute to other NH community: 24.4%
Commute out-of-state: 5.4%
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
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: King Pine
Other: New Hampshire Farm Museum