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Franklin, NH

franklin New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Franklin
Judie Milner, 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 LMA
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 1,859 over 57 years, from 6,742 in 1960 to 8,601 in 2017. The largest decennial percent changes were eight percent increases between 1960 and 1970, and between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Franklin was 8,601 residents, which ranked 36th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 310.8 persons per square mile of land area. Franklin contains 27.7 square miles of land area and 1.5 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $11,450,186
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $16,208,339
Zoning Ordinance 1971/12
Master Plan 2018
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 31

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; 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:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.56
2017 Equalization Ratio 91.5
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.64
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings75.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other10.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,118
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,259
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 925
Five or More Units in Structure 835
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 99
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 8,601 149,216
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   4,159 Female:   4,281
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 508
Age 5 to 19 1,458
Age 20 to 34 1,543
Age 35 to 54 2,296
Age 55 to 64 1,360
Age 65 and over 1,275
Median Age 42.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher 16.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $23,527
Median family income $56,563
Median household income $44,490
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $48,802
Female $36,709
Individuals below the poverty level 18.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 4,408 3,890
Employed 4,228 3,775
Unemployed 180 115
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,174 $846
Average Weekly Wage $886 $1,014
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,403 $1,379
Average Weekly Wage $610 $785
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $2,576 $2,226
Average Weekly Wage $735 $873
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $448 $389
Average Weekly Wage $588 $779
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $3,024 $2,615
Average Weekly Wage $713 $859

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Franklin operates grades K-12 SAU 18
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia); Winnisquam Agricultural Programs Region: 8
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-6 4-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 426 390 311
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 8 Total Capacity: 429
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

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(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 MunicipalRunway5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passenger 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 288 miles
Montreal, Quebec 236 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.7%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 2.2%
Other Means 4.7%
Worked at home 4.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 27.5%
Commuting to another NH community 67.2%
Commuting out-of-state 5.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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 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); Tarbin Gardens

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 6/14/18

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