Laconia New Hampshire Community Profile

Laconia new hampshire community profile
Laconia, NH
Community Contact City of Laconia
Eileen Cabanel, City Manager
45 Beacon Street East
Laconia, NH 03246

Telephone (603) 527-1270
Fax (603) 527-1292
E-mail citymanager@city.laconia.nh.us
Web Site www.cityoflaconianh.org

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

County Belknap
Labor Market Area Laconia NH Micro-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 4 (All Wards)
State Representative
Belknap County District 4 (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 1,706 over 50 years, from 14,745 in 1950 to 16,451 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was five percent between 1970 and 1980, and the city's population increased just 12 percent over five decades. The 2006 Census estimate for Laconia was 17,060 residents, which ranked 15th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2006: 849.2 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, 2007-2008 $54,293,000
Budget: School Appropriations, included with Municipal appropriations
Zoning Ordinance 1948/05
Master Plan 2007
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
City Council; Police
Appointed:
Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Water; Assessors; Building Code; Housing; Parks & Rec; Putnam Fund; Trust Funds; Personnel

Public Library Laconia Public

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
Lakes Region General, Laconia Local 137

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Laconia 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 Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2006 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.51
2006 Equalization Ratio 96.7
2006 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.85

2006 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
82.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
16.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2006 Total Housing Units 9,333
   
2006 Single-Family Units 4,800
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
57
2006 Multi-Family Units 4,268
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
80
2006 Manufactured Housing Units 265
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2006 17,060 61,562
2000 16,451 56,576
1990 15,831 49,294
1980 15,575 42,884
1970 14,888 32,367

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
7,969
Female
8,442

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
869
Age 5 to 19
3,186
Age 20 to 34
3,203
Age 35 to 54
4,746
Age 55 to 64
1,579
Age 65 and over
2,828
Median Age
38.8 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
81.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher
19.6%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $19,540
Median 4-person family income $45,307
Median household income $37,796

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$31,714
Female
$22,818

Families below the poverty level 7.5%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1996 2006
Civilian Labor Force
8,548 8,465
Employed
8,219 8,179
Unemployed
329 286
Unemployment Rate
3.8% 3.4%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1996 2006
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
2,994 2,562
Average Weekly Wage
$561 $842
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
6,591 6,484
Average Weekly Wage
$412 $643
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
9,585 9,046
Average Weekly Wage
$459 $699
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
1,329 1,592
Average Weekly Wage
$541 $742
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
10,913 10,638
Average Weekly Wage
$469 $705
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Laconia operates grades K-12 District: SAU 30
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
3 1 1 3
Grade Levels
P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 K 1-12
Total Enrollment
992 519 807 243
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2007: Total Facilities: 20 Total Capacity: 928
Nearest Community/Technical College: Laconia
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
Freudenberg-NOK Automotive seals 1999
Lakes Region General Hospital Medical Care
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
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 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 50 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
45 miles
Portland, ME
89 miles
Boston, MA
95 miles
New York City, NY
298 miles
Montreal, Quebec
235 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
78.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
12.1%
Public transportation
0.8%
Walked
3.7%
Other Means
1.6%
Worked at home
3.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
52%
Commuting to another NH community
45%
Commuting out-of-state
2%
   
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
Museums
X Cinemas
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
Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2007. Community Response Received 09/05/07

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