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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 5,968 over 58 years, from 4,298 in 1960 to 10,266 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Conway was 10,266 residents, which ranked 29th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 147.3 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, 2019 $11,467,504
Budget: School Appropriations, 2019-2020 $38,328,279
Zoning Ordinance 1980/19
Master Plan 2016
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
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
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.98
2018 Equalization Ratio 86.4
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.27
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings68.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings28.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,131
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 4,252
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 781
Five or More Units in Structure 1,523
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 575
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 10,266 48,779
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) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   5,055 Female:   5,023
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 496
Age 5 to 19 1,740
Age 20 to 34 1,637
Age 35 to 54 2,348
Age 55 to 64 1,749
Age 65 and over 2,108
Median Age 44.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.6%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,191
Median family income $63,917
Median household income $60,323
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $47,005
Female $38,675
Individuals below the poverty level 15.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 5,479 5,392
Employed 5,280 5,269
Unemployed 199 123
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 2.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,006 $802
Average Weekly Wage $750 $845
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $7,059 $7,300
Average Weekly Wage $513 $647
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $8,065 $8,102
Average Weekly Wage $543 $666
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $695 $761
Average Weekly Wage $692 $795
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $8,760 $8,864
Average Weekly Wage $555 $677

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 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 80.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 5.3%
Other Means 6.5%
Worked at home 5.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 15.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 76.8%
Commuting to another NH community 19.1%
Commuting out-of-state 4.1%
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 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 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, 2020. Community Response Received 6/13/19

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