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Conway, NH

conway New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Conway
Thomas Irving, Planning Director
1634 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813
Telephone (603) 447-3811
Fax (603) 447-5012
E-mail conway@conwaynh.org
Web Site www.conwaynh.org

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

County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway, NH-ME LMA, NH part
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 3
State Representative Carroll County Districts 2, 7

Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Conway was named for Henry Seymour Conway, ambitious son of a prominent English family, who was elected to the House of Commons at age twenty, fought at the Battle of Culloden in Scotland, and with Pitt and Rockingham supported the cause of the colonies. He was made Secretary of State in 1765, and the town was named Conway that same year. Early settlers in the area had named the area Pequawket, known colloquially as Pigwacket, after the nearby mountain. Conway boasts many natural features such as Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, and Mount Cranmore.
Villages and Place Names: Center Conway, East Conway, North Conway, Intervale, Kearsarge, Quint, Redstone, South Conway
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 640 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Conway totaled 5,387 over 49 years, from 4,865 in 1970 to 10,252 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Conway was 10,252 residents, which ranked 29th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 147.1 persons per square mile of land area. Conway contains 69.7 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2020 $11,763,889
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $38,328,279
Zoning Ordinance 1980/20
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Selectmen; Planning; Library
Appointed:Zoning; Conservation
Public Library Conway Public; North Conway Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway Local 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier N. Conway; Conway Village
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint; Northland
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.32
2019 Equalization Ratio 94.2
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $16.20
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings27.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.5%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,078
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,115
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 844
Five or More Units in Structure 1,443
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 676
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 10,252 48,910
2010 10,115 47,818
2000 8,646 43,918
1990 7,973 35,526
1980 7,158 27,929
1970 4,865 18,548
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   5,124 Female:   5,003
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 479
Age 5 to 19 1,867
Age 20 to 34 1,656
Age 35 to 54 2,230
Age 55 to 64 1,679
Age 65 and over 2,216
Median Age 44.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 36.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,498
Median family income $72,603
Median household income $62,198
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $44,862
Female $40,677
Individuals below the poverty level 14.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 5,508 5,420
Employed 5,183 5,294
Unemployed 325 126
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 914 790
Average Weekly Wage $756 $860
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 6,886 7,344
Average Weekly Wage $525 $675
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 7,800 8,134
Average Weekly Wage $552 $693
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 715 737
Average Weekly Wage $698 $829
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 8,515 8,871
Average Weekly Wage $564 $705

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Conway operates grades K-12 SAU 9
Career Technology Center(s): Mt. Washington Valley CTC (Conway) Region: 6
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 4 1 1 1
Grade Levels K 1-7 7-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment 715 296 744 68
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 9 Total Capacity: 379
Nearest Community/Technical College: White Mountains; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University; Granite State College

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Memorial Hospital Health care services 350
Conway School District Education 274
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 175
Red Jacket Inn Hotel 156
Wal-Mart Retail Store 140-170
North Conway Grand Hotel Hotel 80-100

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 16, 112, 113, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 32 or 24
Distance 39 miles; 49 miles
Railroad Conway Scenic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg MERunway4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Distance 54 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 6
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 97 miles
Portland, ME 57 miles
Boston, MA 132 miles
New York City, NY 304 miles
Montreal, Quebec 221 miles

(ACS 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 9.9%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.9%
Other Means 6.7%
Worked at home 6.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 18.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 74.1%
Commuting to another NH community 19.6%
Commuting out-of-state 6.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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 Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cranmore, Attitash, Black Mtn., Bear Peak, Bretton Woods, King Pine, Shawnee Peak, Wildcat
Other: Conway Scenic Railroad; Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary; Mount Washington Observatory

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2021. Community Response Received 10/29/20

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