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Laconia, NH

laconia New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Laconia
Scott Myers, City Manager
45 Beacon Street East
Laconia, NH 03246
Telephone (603) 527-1270
Fax (603) 527-1292
E-mail citymanager@laconianh.gov
Web Site www.laconianh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 1 (All Wards)
State Senate District District 7 (All Wards)
State Representative Belknap County Districts 3, 9 (All Wards)

Incorporated: 1855
Origin: The name Laconia was first used in documents granting the land between the Merrimack and Sagadahock Rivers to Captain John Mason and Sir Ferdinando Gorges. Some documents call the grant the Province of Maine, others call it the Province of Laconia, named after a region of Greece. In the 1620s explorers had hoped to follow the Piscataqua River north to Lake Champlain, in search of the great lakes and rivers of Canada told of in Indian lore. These explorers were known as the Laconia Adventurers. The town was originally a portion of Meredith and Gilford named Meredith Bridge, and was incorporated as Laconia in 1855. Incorporated as a city in 1893, Laconia includes Weirs Beach, which bears the name of primitive fishing devices discovered at the outlet of Lake Winnipesaukee.
Villages and Place Names: Lakeport, Weirs Beach
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,806 residents in 1860
Population Trends: Population change for Laconia totaled 1,204 over 58 years, from 15,288 in 1960 to 16,492 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a five percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2018 Census estimate for Laconia was 16,492 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 820.9 persons per square mile of land area. Laconia contains 20.1 square miles of land area and 6.0 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019-2020 $26,867,428
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $40,332,313
Zoning Ordinance 1948/11
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Please visit www.laconianh.gov for a list of boards & committees to which citizens may be appointed.
Public Library Laconia Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Lakes Region General, Laconia Local 96

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Laconia 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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.03
2018 Equalization Ratio 95.2
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.64
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings84.5%
Commercial Land and Buildings14.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 10,072
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,154
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,616
Five or More Units in Structure 1,891
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 411
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 16,492 61,022
2010 15,951 60,088
2000 16,451 56,576
1990 15,831 49,294
1980 15,575 42,884
1970 14,888 32,367
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   7,952 Female:   8,390
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 631
Age 5 to 19 2,422
Age 20 to 34 3,285
Age 35 to 54 3,773
Age 55 to 64 2,665
Age 65 and over 3,566
Median Age 47.4 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 89.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.8%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $33,443
Median family income $69,028
Median household income $57,046
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $45,658
Female $38,494
Individuals below the poverty level 12.1%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 8,469 7,793
Employed 8,077 7,580
Unemployed 392 213
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $2,183 $1,838
Average Weekly Wage $909 $1,142
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $6,339 $6,126
Average Weekly Wage $691 $921
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $8,522 $7,964
Average Weekly Wage $747 $972
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,521 $1,260
Average Weekly Wage $820 $895
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $10,043 $9,224
Average Weekly Wage $758 $961

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

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Laconia operates grades K-12 SAU 30
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 3
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 970 445 549 159
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 12 Total Capacity: 837
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Plymouth State University

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Aavid Engineering Corp. Semiconductor heat sinks 620 1966
NH Ball Bearings, Inc. Spherical bearings 478 1968
Lewis & Sanders, Inc. Metal tubular assemblies 130 1956
Wilcom Products, Inc Telecommunications test equipment 85
Baron Machine Co., Inc. Machine parts, heat treating 70 1957
Lakes Region General Hospital Medical care services
Taylor Community Nonprofit continuing care retirement community 140

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 106, 107, 11, 11A, 11B
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
Distance 8 miles
Railroad State owned line
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 50 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 45 miles
Portland, ME 85 miles
Boston, MA 95 miles
New York City, NY 294 miles
Montreal, Quebec 235 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 74.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 12.8%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 4.3%
Other Means 8.4%
Worked at home 4.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 48.8%
Commuting to another NH community 49.5%
Commuting out-of-state 1.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
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 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): Gunstock
Other: Mount Washington Cruises; Weirs Beach; Scenic Railroad; Prescott Farm Audubon Center; Laconia Motorcycle Week; Multicultural Day; Pumpkin Festival; Wake the Lake; Biketemberfest

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 6/17/19

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