Franklin New Hampshire Community Profile

Franklin new hampshire community profile
Franklin, NH
Community Contact City of Franklin
Greg Doyon, City Manager
316 Central Street, City Hall
Franklin, NH 03235

Telephone (603) 934-3900
Fax (603) 934-7413
E-mail cityhall@franklinnh.org
Web Site www.franklinnh.org

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

County Merrimack
Labor Market Area Franklin NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes
Planning Commission Lakes Region
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress
District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council
District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate
District 5 (All Wards)
State Representative
Merrimack County District 2 (All Wards)
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 1,862 over 50 years, from 6,552 in 1950 to 8,414 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was eight percent, which occurred between 1960 and 1970 and also between 1970 and 1980. The 2005 Census estimate for Franklin was 8,763 residents, which ranked 32nd among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 316.7 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, 2007 $22,880,472
Budget: School Appropriations, 2007 $13,704,420
Zoning Ordinance 1971/06
Master Plan 2006
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner

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

Public Library Franklin Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 4/9
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Franklin Regional, Franklin Local 49

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Franklin Water Works

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 No
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $18.16
2005 Equalization Ratio 88.7
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $16.07

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
78.2%
Commercial Land and Buildings
16.9%
Other Property including Utilities
5.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 3,901
   
2005 Single-Family Units 2,280
Building Permits Issued
36
2005 Multi-Family Units 1,414
Building Permits Issued
4
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 207
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 8,763 146,881
2000 8,414 136,716
1990 8,340 120,618
1980 7,901 98,302
1970 7,292 80,925

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
4,074
Female
4,331

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
613
Age 5 to 19
1,766
Age 20 to 34
1,526
Age 35 to 54
2,496
Age 55 to 64
771
Age 65 and over
1,233
Median Age
37.3 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
80.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher
13.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $17,155
Median 4-person family income $41,698
Median household income $34,613

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$32,318
Female
$25,062

Families below the poverty level 8.9%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
4,483 4,344
Employed
4,318 4,177
Unemployed
165 167
Unemployment Rate
3.7% 3.8%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
1,479 1,078
Average Weekly Wage
$573 $829
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
1,458 1,390
Average Weekly Wage
$350 $600
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
2,936 2,468
Average Weekly Wage
$462 $700
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
364 416
Average Weekly Wage
$410 $591
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
3,300 2,884
Average Weekly Wage
$456 $685
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Franklin operates grades K-12 District: SAU 18
Career Technology Center(s): J. Oliva Huot Technical Center, Laconia; Winnisquam Regional High School, Tilton Region: 08

Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
2 1 1
Grade Levels
P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment
532 438 462
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 81
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State University
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Webster Valve & Foundry Plumbing, heating controls 515 1956
Franklin Regional Hospital Health care 359 1910
City of Franklin Municipal services 253
Freudenberg - NOK Automotive products 185
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 140 1992
Wyman Gordon Investment Castings, Inc. Titanium products 91 1995
Vitex Extrusion Aluminum extrusions 65 1996
Insulfab Plastics, Inc. Plastic fabrication 60 1953
Acme Staple Co., Inc. Industrial stapling systems 21 1959
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 3
  State Routes 3A, 11, 127
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 20
         Distance 4 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation Yes

Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Laconia Municipal
Runway
5,286 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes  Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 44 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
38 miles
Portland, ME
101 miles
Boston, MA
88 miles
New York City, NY
291 miles
Montreal, Quebec
236 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
77.1%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
17.0%
Public transportation
0.2%
Walked
2.3%
Other Means
1.2%
Worked at home
2.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.7 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
35%
Commuting to another NH community
65%
Commuting out-of-state
0%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
Museums
Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
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
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): Veteran's Memorial Ski Area
   
Other: Daniel Webster Birthplace: Daniel Webster Farm; Franklin Falls Recreation Area (US Army Corps of Engineers)
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 03/13/07

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