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.
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.
The city is home to numerous noteworthy landmarks and popular attractions including:
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.
The Franklin Pierce Law Center and Hesser College - Concord are located in the city.
Concord strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Hampshire):
|Racial Diversity |
|Public Transportation Use |
|Short Commute Times |
|Well-Paid Single Men |
|Well-Paid Single Women |
Comparing Concord to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Hampshire (State):
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|Well-Paid Single Men|
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|Well-Paid Single Women|
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
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|Average Household Size|
|College Educated Adults|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
|Median Family Income|
|Short Commute Times|
|Working at Home|
|Public Transportation Use|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|People Living Alone|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Affordability of Rents|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Low Property Crime|
|Low Violent Crime|
Concord colleges and trade schools.
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