Concord New Hampshire Community Profile

Concord new hampshire community profile
Concord, NH
Community Contact Concord Community Development Dept.
Kenneth Lurvey, Business Development Coordinator
41 Green Street, City Hall
Concord, NH 03301

Telephone (603) 225-8595
Fax (603) 228-2701
E-mail klurvey@onconcord.com
Web Site www.onconcord.com

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

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Concord NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Central NH Regional
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 15 (All Wards)
State Representative
Merrimack County Districts 10 (Wards 1-3), 11 (Wards 4 and 8-10), and 12 (Wards 5-7)
Incorporated: 1733

Origin: This area's first settlement in 1659 was named Penacook, for the Indian name Pannukog, meaning crooked place or bend in the river. The first land grant was in 1725, and the town was incorporated as Rumford in 1733. The name was changed to Concord in 1765 upon resolution of a bitter boundary dispute between Rumford and Bow. Its central location was the logical choice for state capital, and Concord was so named in 1808. The State House, built in 1818 and first occupied in 1819, is the oldest in continuous use in the country. In 1853, the State granted Concord a city charter. It was in Concord that the Abbotts built the famous Concord Coach, modeled after the coronation coach for King George III. Granite quarrying has been another major industry, and Concord's quarries supplied granite for the US Library of Congress. Concord was home to Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, following his presidency.

Villages and Place Names: Concord Heights, East Concord, Penacook, Riverhill, West Concord, Curtisville, Diamond Hill

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,747 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Concord had the tenth largest numeric change in population, totaling 12,777 over 50 years, from 27,988 in 1950 to 40,765 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 22 percent increase between 1980 and 1990; all other decades increased by ten percent or less. The 2005 Census estimate for Concord was 42,336 residents, which ranked third among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 662.0 persons per square mile of land area. Concord contains 64.0 square miles of land area and 3.2 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $65,835,507
Budget: School Appropriations not available
Zoning Ordinance 1930/02
Master Plan 1998
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
City Council
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation

Public Library Concord Public; NH State Library

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 3/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital, Concord Local 295

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier Concord Electric/Unitil
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier City of Concord

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $19.77
2005 Equalization Ratio 94.7
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.59

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
65.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
31.1%
Other Property including Utilities
3.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 17,889
   
2005 Single-Family Units 7,546
Building Permits Issued
76
2005 Multi-Family Units 9,276
Building Permits Issued
38
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 1,067
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 42,336 146,881
2000 40,765 136,716
1990 36,994 120,618
1980 30,400 98,302
1970 30,022 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
20,149
Female
20,538

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
2,373
Age 5 to 19
7,959
Age 20 to 34
8,596
Age 35 to 54
13,052
Age 55 to 64
3,143
Age 65 and over
5,564
Median Age
37 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
88.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher
30.7%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $21,976
Median 4-person family income $52,418
Median household income $42,447

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$35,504
Female
$27,348

Families below the poverty level 6.2%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
20,901 21,907
Employed
20,347 21,190
Unemployed
554 717
Unemployment Rate
2.7% 3.3%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
3,218 2,050
Average Weekly Wage
$563 $816
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
21,606 26,805
Average Weekly Wage
$517 $699
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
24,824 28,855
Average Weekly Wage
$523 $707
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
10,877 11,691
Average Weekly Wage
$554 $742
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
35,701 40,546
Average Weekly Wage
$532 $717
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Concord operates grades K-12; Penacook residents: grades K-12 are part of Merrimack Valley Regional (Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, Webster) District: SAU 8
Career Technology Center(s): Concord High School; Pembroke Academy Region: 11

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
8 1 1 7
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
2,271 1,288 1,839
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 38 Total Capacity: 2,233
Nearest Community/Technical College: Concord
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Franklin Pierce College; Franklin Pierce Law; Hesser College, Concord
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Concord Hospital Health care 2,811
Steeplegate Regional Mall Retail stores 1,100
Lincoln Financial Insurance 648
Genesis Eldercare Network Health care facility 400
St. Paul's School Private prep school 325
Concord Litho Offset photo color reproductions 225
Riverside Millwork (RIVCO) Home building materials 120 1962
Beede Electrical Instrument Co. Electrical components 100
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3, 4, 202
  State Routes 3A, 9, 13, 106, 132
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 12 - 17;
I-393; I-89, Exits 2 - 3
         Distance Local access
Railroad N.E. Southern/B&M
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Concord Municipal
Runway
6,005 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 24 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
18 miles
Portland, ME
97 miles
Boston, MA
68 miles
New York City, NY
271 miles
Montreal, Quebec
245 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.6%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.6%
Public transportation
1.2%
Walked
4.1%
Other Means
0.5%
Worked at home
3.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 20.5 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
63%
Commuting to another NH community
34%
Commuting out-of-state
3%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Pat's Peak, Gunstock
   
Other: Christa McAuliffe Planetarium; Silk Farm Audubon Center; Capitol Center for the Arts; Concord Community Music School; Museum of NH History; Society for the Protection of NH Forests; Franklin Pierce Mansion; State House
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/09/06

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