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Overview

Introduction to Concord, New Hampshire

Concord is located in Merrimack County and is the capital of New Hampshire. The city includes the communities of Penacook, East Concord and West Concord. The Merrimack River travels through the municipality. The downtown area is situated on a terrace located west of the River. Neighborhoods in the city are positioned on small hills. Penacook Lake is in the vicinity.

Concord Heights, situated on a bluff, primarily serves as a center for commerce. The city is recognized as a major center for health care and is home to several significant insurance companies.

History

The region was home to the Abenaki Native Americans known as the Penacook. In 1725 the area was established as the Plantation of Penacook. In 1734 the city was incorporated and was called Rumford. In 1765 Governor Benning Wentworth changed the name of the town to Concord. The area became increasingly more significant throughout most of the 18th century. The central location of Concord was a primary factor for the city becoming the state capital in 1808. The opening of a canal and lock system which gave boats the opportunity to travel around the Amoskeag Falls and continue to Boston was a significant factor for choosing Concord as the state capital.

The city became recognized as a major center for the manufacturing of furniture as well as a source for granite. In 1828 the company known as Abbot-Downing Coaches was established. The Concord Coach was their most well-known model. Beginning in 1842 the town became a center for the railroad industry and was a primary factor for the population of Concord to almost double in size within a decade.

Places of Interest

The city is home to numerous noteworthy landmarks and popular attractions including:

  • The New Hampshire State House
  • The Eagle Hotel provided meals for Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford Hayes
  • Phenix Hall
  • The Walker-Woodman House is recognized as the oldest home in Concord
  • Pierce Manse was the residence of President Franklin Pierce before and after his presidency
  • New Hampshire Historical Society
  • Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
  • 118-158 North Main Street showcases four noteworthy buildings constructed in the 19th century
  • State Block
  • James R. Hill Building
  • Chase Block
  • Railroad Square
  • Endicott Hotel
  • Capital Center for the Arts

Transportation

Interstates 89 and 93 are the primary interstates that serve the city. U.S. Route 3 is recognized as the the city's Main Street. Air flights are provided at the Manchester - Boston Regional Airport.

Higher Education

The Franklin Pierce Law Center and Hesser College - Concord are located in the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population42,634
Male Share of the Population49.6%
Female Share of the Population50.4%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+21,095
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married43.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.1%
Median Earnings25+$40,411
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,746
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,636

Wealth

Median Family Income$78,605
% Above Poverty Level88.7%
% Below Poverty Level11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$991
Median House Value$204,600

Ancestry

Irish19.7%
English19%
French Except Basque13.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.5%
Canadian9%
German8.4%
Italian8.2%
Scottish4.2%
Polish3.5%
Swedish1.6%
African1.5%
Portuguese1%
Norwegian0.9%
Greek0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Arab0.7%
Russian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
US/American0.3%
Zimbabwean0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Czech0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
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Concord Almanac

CategoryValue
County Merrimack County
Standard Zip Codes3301, 3303
P.O. Box Zip Codes3302
Company Zip Codes3305
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.23
Approximate Longitude-71.56

Concord Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCONCORD MUNICIPAL AP
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp10 to 31 F
Apr Temp32 to 57 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp35 to 61 F
Annual Precip37.6 inches
StationBLACKWATER DAM
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp56 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Allenstown4,296$66,290
Bow7,680$113,911
Dunbarton2,805$94,213
Hopkinton5,601$109,934
Loudon5,368$80,431
Pembroke7,116$88,935

Concord Public Libraries

Concord Public Library
45 GREEN STREET
Concord, New Hampshire
(603) 225-8670

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Concord Hospitals

Concord Hospital
(Non-profit)
250 Pleasant Street
(603) 227-7000
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
254 Pleasant Street
(603) 226-9800
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Concord Public Schools

Conant Elementary School
152 South St
(603) 225-0827
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Concord High School
170 Warren St
(603) 225-0800
High
Total Enrollment 1779
Eastman School
15 Shawmut St
(603) 225-0858
Rundlett Middle School
144 South St
(603) 225-0862
Middle
Total Enrollment 1014
Broken Ground School
123 Portsmouth St
(603) 225-0855
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Dame School
14 Canterbury Rd
(603) 225-0830
Primary
Total Enrollment 342
Kimball -walker School
40 Thorndike St
(603) 225-0840
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Beaver Meadow School
40 Sewalls Fall Rd
(603) 225-0853
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Robert Frost Charter School
101 Pleasant St
Making Community Connections Charter School
101 Pleasant St
Polaris Charter School
101 Pleasant St
Birches Academy For Academics & Art: A Public Char
101 Pleasant St

Concord Private Schools

Concord Christian Academy
37 Regional Dr
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 180
St John Regional School
61 S State St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
Woodside School
114 S Fruit St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
The Early Enrichment Center
16 Chenell Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Trinity Christian School
80 Clinton St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 155
Shaker Road School
95 Shaker Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 233
Montessori Childrens Center Of Concord
131 Hoit Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 2
Bishop Brady High School
25 Columbus Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 361
St Paul's School
325 Pleasant St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 531
Capital Christian School
310 Sheep Davis Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
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Historic Concord

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Merrimack County Court House c1908.

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Merrimack County Court House c1908.

Old Henry O. Walker house c1905.

Concord (new high school) between 1900 and 1910

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