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Community Contact City of Laconia
Kirk Beattie, City Manager
45 Beacon Street East
  Laconia, NH 03246
Telephone (603) 527-1270
Fax (603) 527-1292
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours City Hall: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30
County Belknap County
Labor Market Area Laconia, NH Micropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Belknap County Economic Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 2 (All Wards)
State Representative Belknap County Districts 5 (Ward 1, 3, 4-6), 6 (Ward 2)
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: 1806 residents in 1860
Population Trends: Population change for Laconia totaled 1,992 over 50 years, from 14,888 in 1970 to 16,880 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was a six percent increase from 2010 to 2020, the city's largest population increase since 1940 to 1950, when the population increased by nine percent. The 2022 Census estimate for Laconia was 17,086 residents, which ranked 15th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area: 2022 (US Census Bureau): 850.5 persons per square mile of land area. Laconia contains 20.1 square miles of land area and 6 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2022-2023 $31,729,257
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $44,617,727
Zoning Ordinance 1948/11
Master Plan 2008
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: City Council
    Appointed: Please visit 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
Concord Hospital - Laconia Local   72

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 Pickup Municipal
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Mandatory
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $14.85
2022 Equalization Ratio 84.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $12.4
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 89.1%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 9.1%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 1.8%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 10,073
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 5,847
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 1,739
    Five or More Units in Structure 1,924
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 563

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2022 17,086   64,705
   2020 16,880   63,705
   2010 15,970   60,088
   2000 16,392   56,325
   1990 15,831   49,216
   1980 15,575   42,884

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   8,397 Female   8,501
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 727
      Age 5 to 19 2,743
      Age 20 to 34 3,033
      Age 35 to 54 4,054
      Age 55 to 64 2,627
      Age 65 and over 3,714
            Median Age 43.7 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 12,408
      High school graduation or higher 91.2%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 27.1%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $39,171
Median Family Income $88,464
Median Household Income $67,856
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $54,055
      Female $43,685
Individuals below poverty level 10.2%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2012 2022
    Civilian Labor Force 8,097   7,673
    Employed 7,625   7,488
    Unemploymed 472   185
    Unemployment rate 5.8%   2.4%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  1,661  1,705
    Average Weekly Wage  $934  $1,225
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  6,581  5,738
    Average Weekly Wage  $762  $1,083
Total Private  
    Average Employment  8,242  7,443
    Average Weekly Wage  $796  $1,116
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  1,301  1,172
    Average Weekly Wage  $802  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  9,542  8,615
    Average Weekly Wage  $797  $1,113
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Laconia operates grades K-12 District: SAU 30
Career Technology Center: J. Oliva Huot Technical Center (Laconia) Winnisquam Agricultural Programs
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 830 408 590 275
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region
Nearest College or Universities: Plymouth State; UNH School of Law; Granite State College

2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     11   Capacity:     745

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Aavid Engineering Corp. Semiconductor heat sinks 1966
NH Ball Bearings, Inc. Spherical bearings 1968
Lewis & Sanders, Inc. Metal tubular assemblies 1956
Baron Machine Co., Inc. Machine parts, heat treating 1957
Concord Hospital - Laconia Medical care services
Taylor Community Nonprofit continuing care retirement community
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
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 WTS
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Laconia Municipal Runway  5,286 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   50 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 45 miles
    Portland, Maine 85 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 95 miles
    New York City, New York 294 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 235 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 71.2%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 14.8%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.3%
  Walked: 5.0%
  Traveled by other means: 1.8%
  Worked at home: 6.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 17.8 minutes
Work in community of residence: 78.2%
Commute to other NH community: 20.3%
Commute out-of-state: 1.4%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 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 Recreation Areas
X Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: Gunstock
Other: Mount Washington Cruises; Weirs Beach; Scenic Railroad; Prescott Farm Audubon Center; Laconia Motorcycle Week; Multicultural Day; Pumpkin Festival; Wake the Lake; Biketemberfest; Skateboard Park