Laconia is a city located in Belknap County, New Hampshire, where it serves as the county seat. Laconia, NH is situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake. The city serves as the site of New Hampshire's annual Pumpkin Festival, and also is the host of Bike Week, which is one of the country's largest motorcycle rallies. As of the 2013 U.S. census, Laconia, NH has a population of 16,010.
Although a fort was built on Laconia in 1746, the area was not known as Laconia until the mid 1800s. Laconia, NH was incorporated as town in 1855 from land in the Meredith Bridge, Lakeport, Weird, and part of Gilmanton. The area is said to have been named after the old Laconia Car Company. Laconia suffered two enormous fires, The Great Fire in 1860 and The Great Lakeport Fire of 1903, which destroyed the Main Street area. Laconia, NH was officially incorporated as a city in 1893.