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Laconia, NH

laconia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Laconia
Scott Myers, City Manager
45 Beacon Street East
Laconia, NH 03246
Telephone (603) 527-1270
Fax (603) 527-1292
E-mail citymanager@city.laconia.nh.us
Web Site www.city.laconia.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 1 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 7 (All Wards)
State Representative Belknap County Districts 3, 9 (All Wards)

Incorporated: 1855
Origin: The name Laconia was first used in documents granting the land between the Merrimack and Sagadahock Rivers to Captain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges. Some documents call the grant the Province of Maine, others call it the Province of Laconia, named after a region of Greece. In the 1620s explorers had hoped to follow the Piscataqua River north to Lake Champlain, in search of the great lakes and rivers of Canada told of in Indian lore. These explorers were known as the Laconia Adventurers. The town was originally a portion of Meredith and Gilford named Meredith Bridge, and was incorporated as Laconia in 1855. Incorporated as a city in 1893, Laconia includes Weirs Beach, which bears the name of primitive fishing devices discovered at the outlet of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Villages and Place Names: Lakeport, Weirs Beach
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,806 residents in 1860
Population Trends: Population change for Laconia totaled 722 over 53 years, from 15,288 in 1960 to 16,010 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was a five percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Laconia was 16,010 residents, which ranked 15th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 796.9 persons per square mile of land area. Laconia contains 20.1 square miles of land area and 6.0 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013-2014 $21,403,162
Budget: School Appropriations, Included with Municipal Appropriations
Zoning Ordinance 1948/07
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Assessors; Building Code; Housing; Parks & Recreation; Putnam Fund; Trust Funds; Water; Personnel; Downtown TIF, Heritage
Public Library Laconia Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia Local 88

Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Laconia 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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2013 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.08
2013 Equalization Ratio 99.1
2013 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.57
2013 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings82.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings15.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 9,927
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 5,372
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,881
Five or More Units in Structure 2,197
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 477
Total Population Community County
2013 16,055 60,327
2010 15,951 60,088
2000 16,451 56,576
1990 15,831 49,294
1980 15,575 42,884
1970 14,888 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   7,513 Female:   8,549
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 833
Age 5 to 19 2,461
Age 20 to 34 2,948
Age 35 to 54 4,801
Age 55 to 64 2,359
Age 65 and over 2,660
Median Age 44.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 23.1%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $28,652
Median family income $60,829
Median household income $47,817
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $43,713
Female $32,915
Individuals below the poverty level 13.2%

Annual Average 2003 2013
Civilian Labor Force 8,380 7,861
Employed 8,018 7,421
Unemployed 362 440
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 5.6%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2003 2013
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 2,328 1,776
Average Weekly Wage $750 $934
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 6,748 6,464
Average Weekly Wage $567 $782
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 9,075 8,240
Average Weekly Wage $614 $815
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,596 1,266
Average Weekly Wage $676 $809
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 10,672 9,506
Average Weekly Wage $623 $814

Schools students attend: Laconia operates grades K-12 SAU 30
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 3 1 1 3
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 970 482 596 228
2014 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 14 Total Capacity: 875
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Aavid Engineering Corp. Semiconductor heat sinks 620 1966
NH Ball Bearings, Inc. Spherical bearings 478 1968
Lewis & Sanders, Inc. Metal tubular assemblies 130 1956
Wilcom Products, Inc Telecommunications test equipment 85
Baron Machine Co., Inc. Machine parts, heat treating 70 1957
Lakes Region General Hospital Medical care services

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 106, 107, 11, 11A, 11B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 8 miles
Railroad State owned line
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 50 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 45 miles
Portland, ME 89 miles
Boston, MA 95 miles
New York City, NY 300 miles
Montreal, Quebec 237 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.1%
Public transportation 0%
Walked 2.9%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 2.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.8 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 46%
Commuting to another NH community 53.1%
Commuting out-of-state 0.9%
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Cinemas
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
X 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): Gunstock
Other: Mount Washington Cruises; Weirs Beach; Scenic Railroad; Prescott Farm Audubon Center; Laconia Motorcycle Week

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, November 2014.
Community Response Received 7/8/2014

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