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Community Contact City of Franklin
Judie Milner, City Manager
316 Central Street, City Hall
  Franklin, NH 03235
Telephone (603) 934-3900
Fax (603) 934-7413
Web Site
Municipal Office Hours City Manager: Monday to Friday, 8-5; City Clerk/Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8:15-5
County Merrimack County
Labor Market Area Franklin, NH LMA
Tourism Region Lakes Region
Planning Commission Lakes Region Planning Commission
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
Election Districts
US Congress District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 1
State Senate District 7 (All Wards)
State Representative Merrimack County Districts 3 (Wards 1-3), 25 (Wards 1-3)
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: 1370 residents in 1830
Population Trends: Population change for Franklin totaled 1,515 over 50 years, from 7,292 in 1970 to 8,807 in 2020. The largest decennial percent change was an eight percent increase from 1970 to 1980; annual population growth has been six percent or less since. The city's population increased by four percent from 2010 to 2020.
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 317.3 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,2021 $16,639,269
Budget:School Appropriations,2020-2021 $17,104,600
Zoning Ordinance 1971/12
Master Plan 2018
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planner
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: City Council
    Appointed: Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Heritage
Public Library Franklin Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Concord Hospital - Franklin Local   31

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
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 Program Voluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station No
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes

Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $24.39
2022 Equalization Ratio 65.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $15.59
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 69%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 21.4%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 9.6%

Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 4,150
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 2,441
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 1,014
    Five or More Units in Structure 569
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 126

Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 8,790   157,103
   2020 8,807   153,808
   2010 8,466   146,445
   2000 8,400   136,225
   1990 8,340   120,240
   1980 7,901   98,302

Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   3,864 Female   4,882
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 303
      Age 5 to 19 1,519
      Age 20 to 34 1,070
      Age 35 to 54 2,644
      Age 55 to 64 1,244
      Age 65 and over 1,966
            Median Age 44.8 years

Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 6,690
      High school graduation or higher 90.5%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 19.9%
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $37,323
Median Family Income $89,648
Median Household Income $66,942
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $54,569
      Female $45,625
Individuals below poverty level 6.3%
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 4,057   4,000
    Employed 3,807   3,911
    Unemploymed 250   89
    Unemployment rate 6.2%   2.2%

Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  842  747
    Average Weekly Wage  $923  $1,229
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  1,323  1,228
    Average Weekly Wage  $683  $1,079
Total Private  
    Average Employment  2,165  1,975
    Average Weekly Wage  $776  $1,136
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  444  351
    Average Weekly Wage  $664  $0
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  2,609  2,326
    Average Weekly Wage  $757  $1,108
If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Franklin operates grades K-12 District: SAU 18
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 2 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-8 4-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 282 333 272
Nearest Community/Technical College: Lakes Region; NHTI-Concord
Nearest College or Universities: Colby-Sawyer; Plymouth State; Granite State; UNH School of Law

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     7   Capacity:     331

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Webster Valve & Foundry Plumbing, heating controls 360 1956
Concord Hospital - Franklin Health care services 246 1910
City of Franklin Municipal services 120 1895
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 98 1992
PCC Structurals Titanium products 102 1995
Vitex Extrusion Aluminum extrusions 94 1996
SAU 18 School administrative unit 203
R D Edmunds & Sons Paving company 75
Franklin Savings Bank Banking services 120 1869
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
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 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   44 miles
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 38 miles
    Portland, Maine 130 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 88 miles
    New York City, New York 288 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 236 miles
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 76.4%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 14.3%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.0%
  Walked: 1.3%
  Traveled by other means: 1.2%
  Worked at home: 6.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 29.8 minutes
Work in community of residence: 63.9%
Commute to other NH community: 33.0%
Commute out-of-state: 3.0%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
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
Youth Sports: Hockey
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: Veteran's Memorial Ski Area
Other: Daniel Webster Birthplace; Daniel Webster Farm; Franklin Falls Recreation Area (US Army Corps of Engineers) Tarbin Gardens; White Water Park/Kayaking