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Franconia, NH

franconia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Franconia
Sally Small, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 900
Franconia, NH 03580
Telephone (603) 823-7752
Fax (603) 823-5581
E-mail selectmen@franconianh.org
Web Site www.franconianh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Monday through Friday, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm; Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesday, 8 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 7 pm, Wednesday, 8 am - 3 pm, Thursday, 8 am - 1 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County Districts 2, 14

Incorporated: 1764
Origin: Franconia was first chartered in 1764, but settlers were unable to meet the prescribed terms, and in 1772 it was regranted along with a substantial portion of Lincoln as Morristown. There was considerable conflict of claim between the original grantees of Franconia and Lincoln and the Morristown grantees, and following a court decision that forfeiture of grant was illegal, ownership was returned to the original settlers. The western section of Franconia was at one time mined for copper and magnetic iron ore. Franconia Notch is well known for its natural features, including the Old Man of the Mountains, which fell on May 3, 2003, Profile and Echo Lakes, the Flume, and the Basin. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway was the first passenger tramway built in North America.
Villages and Place Names: Mittersill, Franconia Notch
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 72 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Franconia totaled 621 over 53 years, from 491 in 1960 to 1,112 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a 33 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2013 Census estimate for Franconia was 1,112 residents, which ranked 179th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 16.9 persons per square mile of land area. Franconia contains 65.7 square miles of land area and 0.08 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $2,351,783
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $2,645,096
Zoning Ordinance 1970/07
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Water; Trust Funds
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation
Public Library Abbie Greenleaf

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 9 miles 25

Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Franconia Village Water; Mittersill Water
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.88
2013 Equalization Ratio 103.7
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.47
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings86.9%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 857
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 702
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 73
Five or More Units in Structure 29
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 53
Total Population Community County
2013 1,104 89,181
2010 1,104 89,118
2000 926 81,826
1990 823 74,998
1980 743 65,806
1970 655 54,914
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   556 Female:   668
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 16
Age 5 to 19 211
Age 20 to 34 100
Age 35 to 54 347
Age 55 to 64 216
Age 65 and over 334
Median Age 52.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 53%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $34,208
Median family income $87,768
Median household income $65,486
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,306
Female $38,472
Individuals below the poverty level 2.8%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 528 599
Employed 507 571
Unemployed 21 28
Unemployment Rate 4% 4.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 44 34
Average Weekly Wage $526 $666
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 616 597
Average Weekly Wage $501 $812
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 660 631
Average Weekly Wage $503 $804
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 292 206
Average Weekly Wage $372 $508
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 952 836
Average Weekly Wage $463 $731

Schools students attend: Grades K-6 are part of Lafayette Regional (Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill); grades 7-12 are part of Profile (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Hugh Gallen Regional Career & Technical Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High - CTE, Whitefield Region: 3
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 111
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 77
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Garnet Hill Catalog Sales Clothing (natural fibers) 240
Franconia Notch State Park Tourism 339
Cannon Mountain Tourism 90
Lafayette Center Nursing Facility 98

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 18, 116, 117, 141, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 34B, 34C, or 35 - 38
Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia Airport
Runway 2,305 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 68 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 96 miles
Portland, ME 114 miles
Boston, MA 146 miles
New York City, NY 349 miles
Montreal, Quebec 175 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.4%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 7.3%
Other Means 4.4%
Worked at home 9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.3 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 54.2%
Commuting to another NH community 42.5%
Commuting out-of-state 3.3%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 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 Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon, Loon, Bretton Woods
Other: Franconia Notch State Park; Flume Gorge; Old Man of the Mountain Memorial; Cannon Mountain Tramway; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 6/9/2014

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