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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 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 1 (All Wards)
State Senate 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 1,176 over 57 years, from 15,288 in 1960 to 16,464 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was a five percent increase between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Laconia was 16,464 residents, which ranked 16th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 819.5 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, 2017-2018 $25,536,436
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $19,274,923
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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.03
2017 Equalization Ratio 95.2
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.64
2017 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 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 9,945
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 5,780
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 1,849
Five or More Units in Structure 1,949
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 367
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 16,464 60,785
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   7,831 Female:   8,340
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 914
Age 5 to 19 2,435
Age 20 to 34 3,090
Age 35 to 54 4,385
Age 55 to 64 2,278
Age 65 and over 3,069
Median Age 46.0 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 88.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.1%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $29,412
Median family income $61,506
Median household income $48,893
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $44,722
Female $34,835
Individuals below the poverty level 16.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 8,399 7,703
Employed 8,059 7,487
Unemployed 340 216
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $2,562 $1,753
Average Weekly Wage $842 $1,023
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $6,484 $6,223
Average Weekly Wage $643 $883
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $9,046 $7,976
Average Weekly Wage $699 $914
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $1,592 $1,250
Average Weekly Wage $742 $861
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $10,638 $9,226
Average Weekly Wage $705 $907

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 982 416 547 210
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 11 Total Capacity: 658
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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 7.4%
Public transportation 0.0%
Walked 3.1%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 2.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 46.2%
Commuting to another NH community 52.5%
Commuting out-of-state 1.3%
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; NH Coffee Festival

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,December 2018. Community Response Received 5/24/18

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