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Franconia, NH

franconia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Franconia
Elizabeth Staples, Town Administrator
PO Box 900
Franconia, NH 03580
Telephone (603) 823-7752
Fax (603) 823-5581
E-mail townadmin@franconianh.org
Web Site www.franconianh.org

Municipal Office Hours Selectmen: Tuesday to Thursday, 8-4:30, Friday, 8-1:30; Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8-4, Thursday, 8-6, Friday, 8-1:30

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 2
State Senate District District 1
State Representative Grafton County District 2

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 431 over 50 years, from 655 in 1970 to 1,086 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Franconia was 1119 residents, which ranked 181st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 17.0 persons per square mile of land area. Franconia contains 65.7 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2021 $3,914,509
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $1,399,494
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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $12.20
2022 Equalization Ratio 74.1
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $9.02
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings89.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings9.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 825
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 706
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 84
Five or More Units in Structure 34
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 1
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 1,119 91,126
2020 1,083 91,118
2010 1,104 89,118
2000 926 81,826
1990 823 74,998
1980 743 65,806
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   437 Female:   545
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 11
Age 5 to 19 114
Age 20 to 34 152
Age 35 to 54 117
Age 55 to 64 225
Age 65 and over 363
Median Age 58.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 760
High school graduate or higher 97.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $44,507
Median family income $95,625
Median household income $74,167
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $61,250
Female $65,893
Individuals below the poverty level 6.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 644 656
Employed 621 645
Unemployed 23 11
Unemployment Rate 3.6% 1.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 32 90
Average Weekly Wage $710 $721
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 607 534
Average Weekly Wage $745 $1,018
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 639 624
Average Weekly Wage $743 $976
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 204 204
Average Weekly Wage $491 $640
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 844 828
Average Weekly Wage $682 $893

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 (Littleton); White Mountains RHS (Whitefield)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1
Grade Levels K 1-6 9-12
Total Enrollment 88
2022 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: Plymouth State; Northern VT - Lyndon (VT)

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
Presby Construction Construction 48

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 414
Drove alone, car/truck/van 78.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.3%
Other Means 6.3%
Worked at home 3.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 19.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 33.8%
Commuting to another NH community 55.6%
Commuting out-of-state 10.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist 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, October 2023. Community Response Received 8/30/23

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