Franconia New Hampshire Community Profile

Franconia new hampshire community profile
Franconia, NH
Community Contact Town of Franconia
Sally Small, Administrative Assistant
PO Box 900
Franconia, NH 03580

Telephone (603) 823-7752
Fax (603) 823-5581
E-mail selectmen@franconianh.org
Web Site not available

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

County Grafton
Labor Market Area Littleton NH-VT LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Grafton County Economic Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 1
State Representative
Grafton County District 2
Incorporated: 1764

Origin: Franconia was first chartered in 1764, but settlers were unable to meet the prescribed terms, and in 1772 it was regranted along with a substantial portion of Lincoln as Morristown. There was considerable conflict of claim between the original grantees of Franconia and Lincoln and the Morristown grantees, and following a court decision that forfeiture of grant was illegal, ownership was returned to the original settlers. The western section of Franconia was at one time mined for copper and magnetic iron ore. Franconia Notch is well known for its natural features, including the Old Man of the Mountains, which fell on May 3, 2003, Profile and Echo Lakes, the Flume, and the Basin. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway was the first passenger tramway built in North America.

Villages and Place Names: Mittersill, Franconia Notch

Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 72 residents in 1790

Population Trends: Population change for Franconia totaled 377 over 50 years, from 549 in 1950 to 925 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 33 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, which followed an 11 percent population decrease over the previous decade. The 2006 Census estimate for Franconia was 1,036 residents, which ranked 184th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 15.8 persons per square mile of land area. Franconia contains 65.7 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2006 $1,917,542
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $2,232,171
Zoning Ordinance 1970/93
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Library
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Zoning

Public Library Abbie Greenleaf

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Town Fire Insurance Rating 9/10
Emergency Medical Service Volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Littleton Regional, Littleton 9 miles 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Franconia Village Water; Mittersill Water

Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
None
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
Yes
Recycling
Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Limited
Cable Television Access Limited
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Limited
Residential
Limited

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.71
2006 Equalization Ratio 100
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.65

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
88.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings
10.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.2%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 828
   
2006 Single-Family Units 655
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
18
2006 Multi-Family Units 129
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
1
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 44
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 1,036 85,336
2000 926 81,826
1990 823 74,998
1980 743 65,806
1970 655 54,914

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
434
Female
490

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
32
Age 5 to 19
170
Age 20 to 34
92
Age 35 to 54
296
Age 55 to 64
145
Age 65 and over
189
Median Age
47.1 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
91.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher
45.0%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $20,351
Median 4-person family income $46,979
Median household income $40,114

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$29,500
Female
$24,000

Families below the poverty level 7.8%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
425 555
Employed
402 538
Unemployed
23 17
Unemployment Rate
5.4% 3.1%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
81 40
Average Weekly Wage
$341 $687
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
546 602
Average Weekly Wage
$292 $600
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
626 642
Average Weekly Wage
$299 $605
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
133 184
Average Weekly Wage
$313 $420
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
759 826
Average Weekly Wage
$301 $564
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Grades K-6 are part of Lafayette Regional (Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill); grades 7-12 are part of Profile (Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill) District: SAU 35
Career Technology Center(s): Gallen Regional Voc. Center, Littleton; White Mountain Regional High, Whitefield Region: 03

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
1
Grade Levels
K 1-6
Total Enrollment
110
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 60
Nearest Community/Technical College: Berlin
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Granite State College-Littleton
LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Garnet Hill Catalog Sales Clothing (natural fibers) 200
Cannon Mountain Tourism
Franconia Notch State Park Tourism
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 18, 116, 117, 141, 142
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exits 34B, 34C, or 35 - 38
         Distance Local access
Railroad No
Public Transportation No

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Franconia Airport
Runway
2,305 ft. turf
Lighted?
No  Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 68 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 1

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
96 miles
Portland, ME
114 miles
Boston, MA
146 miles
New York City, NY
327 miles
Montreal, Quebec
175 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
79.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
8.9%
Public transportation
0.0%
Walked
5.2%
Other Means
2.2%
Worked at home
4.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work 16.9 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
40%
Commuting to another NH community
55%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Cinemas
Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Cannon, Loon, Bretton Woods
   
Other: Franconia Notch State Park; Flume Gorge; Old Man of the Mountain Memorial; Cannon Mtn Tramway
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 10/02/07

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