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Franklin, NH


Franklin New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Franklin
Elizabeth Dragon, City Manager
316 Central Street, City Hall
Franklin, NH 03235
Telephone (603) 934-3900
Fax (603) 934-7413
E-mail citymgr@franklinnh.org
Web Site www.franklinnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Franklin NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District 7 (All Wards)
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 2 (Wards 1 & 2) 3, 26 (Ward 3)

Incorporated: 1828
Origin: Situated at the junction of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee Rivers, where they meet to form the Merrimack River, this territory was originally known as Pemigewasset Village. Franklin was created from portions of Salisbury, Andover, Sanbornton, and Northfield, and named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is the location of Daniel Webster's birthplace, which was in the portion of Salisbury taken to establish the town. Franklin was incorporated as a city in 1895. Franklin was known for a machine-made hosiery mill that used a process developed by the Shakers.
Villages and Place Names: Webster Lake, Webster Place, West Franklin
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,370 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Population change for Franklin totaled 1,714 over 52 years, from 6,742 in 1960 to 8,456 in 2012. The largest decennial percent changes were eight percent increases between 1960 and 1970, and between 1970 and 1980. The 2012 Census estimate for Franklin was 8,456 residents, which ranked 36th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 310.8 persons per square mile of land area. Franklin contains 27.3 square miles of land area and 1.8 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013 $9,882,857
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013 $14,398,370
Zoning Ordinance 1971/12
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Franklin Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, Franklin Local 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Franklin Water Works
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.22
2012 Equalization Ratio 117.1
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.20
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings16.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other5.2%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 3,835
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,294
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 696
Five or More Units in Structure 634
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 211
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 8,456 146,761
2010 8,477 146,445
2000 8,414 136,716
1990 8,340 120,618
1980 7,901 98,302
1970 7,292 80,925
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   4,201 Female:   4,298
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 459
Age 5 to 19 1,695
Age 20 to 34 1,525
Age 35 to 54 2,466
Age 55 to 64 1,252
Age 65 and over 1,102
Median Age 39 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 84.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 15.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $20,828
Median family income $57,736
Median household income $43,856
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $38,168
Female $33,156
Individuals below the poverty level 19.7%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 4,377 4,425
Employed 4,170 4,167
Unemployed 207 258
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,411 842
Average Weekly Wage $737 $923
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,474 1,323
Average Weekly Wage $497 $683
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,885 2,165
Average Weekly Wage $615 $776
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 385 444
Average Weekly Wage $569 $664
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,270 2,609
Average Weekly Wage $609 $757
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Franklin operates grades K-12 SAU 18
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Agricultural Programs, Tilton Region: 8
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 470 360 410
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 140
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Webster Valve & Foundry Plumbing, heating controls 340 1956
LRGHealthcare Health care services 256 1910
City of Franklin Municipal services 120
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 98 1992
PCC Structurals Titanium products 102 1995
Vitex Extrusion Aluminum extrusions 94 1996
SAU 18 School administrative unit 260
R D Edmunds & Sons Paving company 75 summer/40 winter
Franklin Savings Bank Banking services 105

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 3A, 11, 127
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 4 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation WTS
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway 5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 38 miles
Portland, ME 130 miles
Boston, MA 88 miles
New York City, NY 292 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.0%
Other Means 4.2%
Worked at home 2.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.1 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 30.3%
Commuting to another NH community 68.3%
Commuting out-of-state 1.4%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X 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 Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Veteran's Memorial Ski Area
   
Other: Daniel Webster Birthplace; Daniel Webster Farm; Franklin Falls Recreation Area (US Army Corps of Engineers)

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 05/06/13

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