Conway, NH

Community Contact Town of Conway
Thomas Irving, Planning Director
1634 East Main Street
Center Conway, NH 03813
Telephone (603) 447-3855
Fax (603) 447-5012
E-mail conway@conwaynh.org
Web Site www.conwaynh.org
Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
County Carroll
Labor Market Area Conway NH-ME LMA, NH Portion
Tourism Region White Mountains
Planning Commission North Country Council
Regional Development Mount Washington Valley Economic Council
Election Districts
US Congress
District 1
Executive Council
District 1
State Senate
District 3
State Representative
Carroll County District 1
Incorporated: 1765
Origin: Conway was named for Henry Seymour Conway, ambitious son of a prominent English family, who was elected to the House of Commons at age twenty, fought at the Battle of Culloden in Scotland, and with Pitt and Rockingham supported the cause of the colonies. He was made Secretary of State in 1765, and the town was named Conway that same year. Early settlers in the area had named the area Pequawket, known colloquially as Pigwacket, after the nearby mountain. Conway boasts many natural features such as Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake State Park, and Mount Cranmore.
Villages and Place Names: Center Conway, East Conway, North Conway, Intervale, Kearsarge, Quint, Redstone, South Conway
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 640 residents in 1790
Population Trends:Population change for Conway totaled 4,537 over 50 years, from 4,109 in 1950 to 8,646 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was a 47 percent increase between 1970 and 1980, accounting for over half the total numeric growth. The 2008 Census estimate for Conway was 9,178 residents, which ranked 31st among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density, 2008: 131.7 persons per square mile of land area. Conway contains 69.7 square miles of land area and 2.0 square miles of inland water area.
MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2009 $9,199,300
Budget: School Appropriations, 2009-2010 $32,896,600
Zoning Ordinance 1980/08
Master Plan 2003
Capital Improvement Plan No
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Selectmen; Planning
Appointed:
Zoning; Conservation; Library

Public Library Conway Public; North Conway Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Volunteer
Emergency Medical Service Municipal & volunteer

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Memorial Hospital, North Conway Local 25

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier N. Conway; Conway Village

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
none
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Mandatory

Telephone Company Fairpoint; Northland
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
Business
unknown
Residential
unknown

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)
2008 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $17.24
2008 Equalization Ratio 86.1
2008 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.81

2008 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings
69.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings
29.3%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other
1.1%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning)
2008 Total Housing Units 6,556
2008 Single-Family Units 3,710
Single-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
18
2008 Multi-Family Units 2,104
Multi-Family Permits Issued, Net Change of Units
-3
2008 Manufactured Housing Units 743
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
2008 9,178 47,408
2000 8,646 43,918
1990 7,973 35,526
1980 7,158 27,929
1970 4,865 18,548

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
4,169
Female
4,435

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
458
Age 5 to 19
1,677
Age 20 to 34
1,508
Age 35 to 54
2,797
Age 55 to 64
835
Age 65 and over
1,329
Median Age
39.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
87.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher
22.5%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau)
Per capita income $19,673
Median 4-person family income $41,818
Median household income $35,873

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$30,366
Female
$21,275

Families below the poverty level 8.0%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average 1998 2008
Civilian Labor Force
5,252 5,438
Employed
5,110 5,243
Unemployed
142 195
Unemployment Rate
2.7% 3.6%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 1998 2008
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment
778 1,006
Average Weekly Wage
$501 $750
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment
6,487 7,059
Average Weekly Wage
$352 $513
Total Private Industry
Average Employment
7,265 8,065
Average Weekly Wage
$368 $543
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment
564 695
Average Weekly Wage
$530 $692
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment
7,829 8,760
Average Weekly Wage
$380 $555
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Conway operates grades K-12 District:SAU 9
Career Technology Center(s): Kennett High School, Conway Region:06
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools
3 1 1 4
Grade Levels
K 1-6 7-8 9-12 P K 1-8
Total Enrollment
749 324 855 171
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2009: Total Facilities:12 Total Capacity:421
Nearest Community/Technical College:White Mountains; Lakes Region
Nearest Colleges or Universities:Plymouth State University; Granite State College

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Memorial Hospital Health care services 350
Conway School District Education 274
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 175
Red Jacket Inn Hotel 156
Wal-Mart Retail Store 140-170
North Conway Grand Hotel Hotel 80-100

TRANSPORTATION(Distance estimated from city / town hall)
Road Access US Routes 302
State Routes 16, 112, 113, 153
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-93, Exit 32 or 24
Distance 39 miles; 49 miles
Railroad Conway Scenic
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Eastern Slopes, Fryeburg ME
Runway
4,200 ft. asphalt
Lighted?
Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Portland (ME) International Jetport Distance 54 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 6

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
90 miles
Portland, ME
56 miles
Boston, MA
134 miles
New York City, NY
345 miles
Montreal, Quebec
222 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van
80.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
10.3%
Public transportation
0.4%
Walked
4.2%
Other Means
1.1%
Worked at home
4.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 17.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
74%
Commuting to another NH community
21%
Commuting out-of-state
5%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, ANDEVENTS
X Municipal Parks
YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s):Cranmore
Other:Conway Scenic Railroad; Dahl Wildlife Sanctuary; Mount Washington Observatory

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2009. Community Response Received 09/15/09

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