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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,171
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens19%
Employed Population 16+7,745
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married45.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.1%
Median Earnings25+$34,730
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,298
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,307

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,506
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone29.5%
Median Gross Rent$888
Median House Value$178,100

Ancestry

Irish20.3%
French Except Basque15.3%
English15.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.9%
Canadian9.8%
Italian8.5%
German6.8%
Scottish4%
Polish2.4%
Swedish1.7%
Norwegian1.1%
Greek0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Finnish0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
South African0.2%
Arab0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
African0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
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Laconia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Belknap County
Standard Zip Codes3246
P.O. Box Zip Codes3247
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.56
Approximate Longitude-71.48

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)

StationLAKEPORT 2
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp33 to 54 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.9 inches
StationCONCORD MUNICIPAL AP
Distance22.7 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
StationGRAFTON
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp4 to 27 F
Apr Temp28 to 52 F
Jul Temp53 to 79 F
Oct Temp31 to 57 F
Annual Precip40.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belmont7,281$62,857
Gilford7,103$75,941
Gilmanton3,744$77,522
Northfield4,821$76,429
Sanbornton2,976$78,063
Tilton3,567$59,363

Laconia Public Libraries

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

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Laconia Hospitals

Lakes Region General Hospital
(Non-profit)
80 Highland Street
(603) 524-3211

Laconia Public Schools

Woodland Heights Elementary School
225 Winter St. Ext.
ZIP: 3246
(603) 524-8733
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Laconia Middle School
150 Mcgrath St.
ZIP: 3246
(603) 524-4632
Middle
Total Enrollment 437
Pleasant Street School
350 Pleasant St.
ZIP: 3246
(603) 524-2168
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Elm Street School
478 Elm St.
ZIP: 3246
(603) 524-4113
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Laconia High School
345 Union Ave.
ZIP: 3246
(603) 524-3350
High
Total Enrollment 626

Laconia Private Schools

Holy Trinity School
50 Church St
ZIP: 3246
Elementary
Total Enrollment 81
Lakes Region Christian School
85 Zion Hill Rd
ZIP: 3246
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Laconia Christian School
1386 Meredith Center Rd
ZIP: 3246
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 83
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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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