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Overview

Introduction to Laconia, New Hampshire

Laconia, New Hampshire, in Belknap county, is 36 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire and 83 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Laconia History

Laconia was originally inhabited by the Abenaki Indians. A fort was built at in Laconia in 1746. Europeans first arrived in 1761, when the town was known as Meredith Bridge. The first lumber and grist mills in the area were established in 1765. It became the county seat of Belknap County in 1840. A railroad first entered the town in 1849. It was incorporated as the Town of Laconia in 1855. The town was named after the Laconia Company, a development company that sold land during the colonial era.

Laconia and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Museum
  • Ahern State Park
  • Endicott Rock Historic Site
  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • Ellacoya State Park
  • Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum

Things To Do In Laconia

While in Laconia, visitors can spend their leisure at the Endicott Park Beach. The Endicott Rock Park, Leavitt Park, Opechee Park, Bond Park and Leavitt Park Playground are some of the local parks. Laconia Country Club provides excellent facilities for golfers. Those interested in the area’s history should visit the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Museum, Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, Wright Museum and the Sandwich Historical Society Museum. The city hosts the WinterFest every February.

Laconia Transportation

Pease International is the nearest major airport.

Laconia Higher Education

New Hampshire Community Tech College-Laconia/Berlin is the local institution of higher education. Plymouth State College and the University of New Hampshire also provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 16,075
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,419
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,330
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $891
Median House Value $184,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 18.2%

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

Laconia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Belknap
Standard Zip Codes 03246, 03249
P.O. Box Zip Codes 03247
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.527
Longitude -71.47

Laconia 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 LAKEPORT 2
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Station CONCORD MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 22.7 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 GRAFTON
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 27 F
Apr Temp 28 to 52 F
Jul Temp 53 to 79 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lakeport (03246, 03247)

Weirs Beach (03246, 03247)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belmont 7,325 $72,539
Gilford 7,140 $75,703
Gilmanton 3,779 $78,713
Northfield 4,803 $72,138
Sanbornton 2,981 $72,429
Tilton 3,592 $59,754

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

Laconia Public Libraries

Library
Laconia Public Library
695 MAIN STREET
Laconia, New Hampshire
(603) 524-4775
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Laconia Hospitals

LAKES REGION GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
80 HIGHLAND ST
(603) 524-3211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laconia High Schools

LACONIA HIGH SCHOOL
345 UNION AVE
603-524-3350
Serves 792 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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Historic Laconia

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Public library c1908.

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Public library c1908.

Railway station between 1900 and 1910

Soldiers' monument (Laconia) between 1900 and 1910

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