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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.

People

Total Population 42,537
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 21,240
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.9%
Median Earnings25+ $39,696
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,017
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,631

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,196
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $961
Median House Value $208,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 18.7%
Irish 19.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Concord Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Merrimack
Standard Zip Codes 03301, 03303
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03302
Company Zip Codes 03305
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.208
Longitude -71.538

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)

Station CONCORD MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 35 to 61 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Station BLACKWATER DAM
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station MASSABESIC LAKE
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 32 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Concord, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Penacook (03303)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allenstown 4,302 $66,985
Bow 7,645 $112,759
Dunbarton 2,791 $94,712
Hopkinton 5,602 $98,953
Loudon 5,352 $72,266
Pembroke 7,120 $87,679

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Concord Public Libraries

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

CONCORD HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
250 PLEASANT ST
(603) 225-2711
Emergency Service: Yes

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170 WARREN ST
603-225-0800
Serves 1,839 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

MERRIMACK VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
106 VILLAGE ST
603-753-4311
Serves 896 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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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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