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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 City Manager: Monday to Friday, 8-5; City Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:15-5

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 District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 1
State Senate District District 7 (All Wards)
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 3 (Wards 1-3), 25 (Wards 1-3)

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 1,515 over 50 years, from 7,292 in 1970 to 8,807 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Franklin was 8,831 residents, which ranked 35th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 319.2 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, 2021 $16,639,269
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $17,104,600
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
Concord Hospital - 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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
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) $24.39
2022 Equalization Ratio 65.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $15.59
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings69.0%
Commercial Land and Buildings21.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other9.6%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 4,275
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,568
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,093
Five or More Units in Structure 519
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 95
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 8,831 156,020
2020 8,741 153,808
2010 8,477 146,445
2000 8,414 136,716
1990 8,340 120,618
1980 7,901 98,302
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,892 Female:   4,874
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 230
Age 5 to 19 1,448
Age 20 to 34 1,193
Age 35 to 54 2,690
Age 55 to 64 1,283
Age 65 and over 1,922
Median Age 45.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 6,763
High school graduate or higher 91.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 21.4%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $34,350
Median family income $78,073
Median household income $61,664
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,371
Female $41,234
Individuals below the poverty level 4.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 4,089 4,009
Employed 3,828 3,899
Unemployed 261 110
Unemployment Rate 6.4% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 842 747
Average Weekly Wage $923 $1,229
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,323 1,228
Average Weekly Wage $683 $1,079
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,165 1,975
Average Weekly Wage $776 $1,136
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 444 351
Average Weekly Wage $664 $953
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 2,609 2,326
Average Weekly Wage $757 $1,108

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 2 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-8 4-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 388 378 297
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 7 Total Capacity: 294
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; NHTI-Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Magdalen; Plymouth State; Granite State; UNH School of Law

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Webster Valve & Foundry Plumbing, heating controls 360 1956
Concord Hospital - Franklin Health care services 246 1910
City of Franklin Municipal services 120 1895
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 98 1992
PCC Structurals Titanium products 102 1995
Vitex Extrusion Aluminum extrusions 94 1996
SAU 18 School administrative unit 203
R D Edmunds & Sons Paving company 75
Franklin Savings Bank Banking services 120 1869

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 4,574
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 14.3%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 1.4%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 29.4%
Commuting to another NH community 68.5%
Commuting out-of-state 2.1%
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 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
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; White Water Park/Kayaking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/15/23

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