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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: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 am - 2 pm, Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton, NH-VT LMA, NH part
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 677 over 54 years, from 491 in 1960 to 1,168 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was a 33 percent increase between 1960 and 1970. The 2014 Census estimate for Franconia was 1,168 residents, which ranked 175th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 17.8 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $2,607,352
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015 $2,724,971
Zoning Ordinance 1970/16
Master Plan 2008
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Library; Water; Trust Funds; Town Clerk; Tax Collector; Cemetery
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Recreation; CIP
Public Library Abbie Greenleaf

Emergency Services
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 Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Franconia 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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.36
2015 Equalization Ratio 97.1
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.86
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings87.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings11.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 895
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 709
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 87
Five or More Units in Structure 59
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 40
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 1,168 89,360
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   571 Female:   597
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 21
Age 5 to 19 159
Age 20 to 34 114
Age 35 to 54 273
Age 55 to 64 251
Age 65 and over 350
Median Age 56.2 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 98.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 56.8%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $35,695
Median family income $82,891
Median household income $67,639
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $62,917
Female $38,750
Individuals below the poverty level 4.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 542 635
Employed 519 613
Unemployed 23 22
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 3.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 37 39
Average Weekly Wage $570 $673
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 706 569
Average Weekly Wage $540 $738
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 743 609
Average Weekly Wage $542 $734
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 224 176
Average Weekly Wage $336 $565
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 967 785
Average Weekly Wage $494 $696

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
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 J. Gallen Career & Technical Center Region: 3
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6
Total Enrollment 112
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 1 Total Capacity: 76
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Garnet Hill Catalog Sales Clothing (natural fibers) 200
Franconia Notch State Park Tourism 339
Cannon Mountain Tourism 90
Lafayette Center Nursing Facility 98

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 AirportRunway2,305 ft. turf
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 68 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 81 miles
Portland, ME 96 miles
Boston, MA 131 miles
New York City, NY 331 miles
Montreal, Quebec 192 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.8%
Public transportation 1.9%
Walked 4.5%
Other Means 1.5%
Worked at home 8.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 47.5%
Commuting to another NH community 43.2%
Commuting out-of-state 9.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Franconia Notch State Park; Flume Gorge; Old Man of the Mountain Memorial; Cannon Mountain Tramway

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, August 2016. Community Response Received 06/15/16

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