Doing Business

Doing Business in Wilton

Wilton’s history is rooted in entrepreneurship and innovation, so the town has always valued the contributions those enterprises and individuals bring to a town’s quality of life and economic health.

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Wilton’s Economic Development Team, along with the Planning Board and governing Select Board recognize the importance of a thriving business community to the resilience and vitality of our community. They are committed to creating incentives to attract and retain businesses that support resident needs and create jobs. The Downtown Commercial District Ordinance embraces new technologies, relaxed rules and incentives that make it easy to start and grow a business in Wilton. Today, Wilton attracts tourists from across the country and neighboring towns for its growing retail, social, dining and entertainment experiences.

From high tech manufacturing like Kimball Physics, to major commercial brands like WS Packaging, Wilton has loyal business leaders who believe their investments here are well served.  The downtown village is a safe, walkable Main Street along the town’s two protected rivers, with easy access to state highways, public and private schools, sophisticated infrastructure services, high speed broadband and super-fast fiber optic communications. Monadnock Mountain Spring Water located their business on State Route 101 because Wilton also has some of the cleanest, high quality water in the state.

The town’s 3,700 residents and established business owners are ready to welcome new enterprises to add to our network of private innovative LLCs, dining and entertainment establishments, unique boutiques and retail stores, light manufacturing and a wide range of professional services.

Commercial and Industrial-zoned properties and historic buildings await the establishment or expansion of your brand.

A Strong Local Economy*

  • Wilton businesses indicate a substantial increase in number of employees over 3 years
  • 41% report increasing sales; 40% stable sales
  • Unemployment is low at 2.4%, compared to 2.75% for New Hampshire
  • About 1/3 rate Wilton as “above average” or “excellent” as a place to conduct business
  • About 2/3 rate Wilton as “about average” or “excellent” as a place to live
  • There’s no general sales or use tax or general personal income tax, so workers take home more of their pay in New Hampshire than in any other state in the Union
  • With one of the lowest crime rates in the country, insurance rates are affordable
  • Wilton attracts retirees and entrepreneurs with disposable income

Local Market Profile*

Wilton residents have relatively high income and low poverty (median family income ($71,066) and are relatively well-educated (95% high school or higher). The town has a higher per capita income and lower tax rate than the two more developed towns east (Milford) and west (Peterborough). Businesses recognize and value community assets such as customer service, safety, friendliness, appearance of stores, sidewalks, and signage.

(*Source: UNH Cooperative Extension Business and Expansion Survey, March 2017)


A Rural Town in the Monadnock Mountain Region

The Town of Wilton is located in Hillsborough County and is in the Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division Labor Market (New England City & Town Area). The 25.8 square mile, rural town, sits at the junction of NH State Routes 31 and 101 and at the convergence of two protected rivers; the Souhegan and Stony Brook. The Souhegan River provided water for the textile mills located throughout the town, which are now home to many small to medium size businesses, shops and artist studios. Wilton is located about 25 miles from New Hampshire’s largest city, Manchester. Wilton is close to several cities in the region: 60 miles to Boston, Massachusetts; 119 miles to Portland, Maine; 225 miles to New York, New York; and 264 miles to Montreal, Quebec. Wilton is located less than an hour from the region's most popular ski areas, seacoast beaches, and lakefront resorts.

Travel to Wilton, NH

By Air -- The nearest major airport is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT / KMHT). This airport has domestic flights from Manchester, New Hampshire and is 25 miles from the center of Wilton,. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS / KBOS) has international and domestic flights from Boston, Massachusetts and is 62 miles from Wilton. Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM / KPSM) has domestic flights from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and is 65 miles from Wilton. Nashua Municipal Airport is 20 miles, in Nashua, NH

By Water - Portsmouth Harbor, 37 miles southwestward of Cape Elizabeth and about 25 miles northward of Cape Ann Light, is at the mouth of Piscataqua River and is of sufficient depth to accommodate large deep-draft ships, is open throughout the year.

By Rail – Amtrak’s Northeast Rail in Brattleboro VT in just over an hour by car to Wilton. Amtrak Acela service is less than 90 minutes away in Westwood, MA.

By Bus - C & J Transportation 603-742-5111
Concord Trailways 800-639-3317 New England 603-228-3300
Greyhound Bus Lines 603-436-0163
PDI Transportation 603-627-4266  US & Canada 800-639-1656
Vermont Transit In New England 800-451-3292. In White River Jct., VT. 800-552-8737

By Highway – Wilton is located on State Routes 101 and 31. Interstate Routes 95 and 93 link Wilton to Manchester, NH and Concord, NH and south to Boston, MA. Interstate Route 91 provides access to Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. 
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