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Overview

Introduction to Bedford, New Hampshire

Bedford, New Hampshire, in Hillsborough county, is 4 miles SW of Manchester, New Hampshire and 46 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. As of the year 2000 census, 18,274 people lived in Bedford.

Bedford History

Bedford was first established as Narragansett Number 5 in 1730. In 1750 its name was changed to Bedford. The town was named in honor of the fourth Duke of Bedford, Lord John Russel. He was also the Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1748 to 1751. Robert and James Walker III were the first European settlers in Bedford.

Bedford and nearby Attractions

  • New Hampshire Historical Society
  • Franco - American Center
  • Sandown Historical Society Museum
  • Henniker Historical Society Museum
  • Miller State Park
  • Greenfield State Park

Things To Do In Bedford

Bedford Presbyterian Church and Bedford Community Church are the local churches. Museums like the Sandown Historical Society Museum, the Millyard Museum and the Henniker Historical Society Museum provide insight into the area’s history. Greenfield State Park, Silver Lake State Park and Miller State Park provide ample opportunities for recreation.

Bedford Transportation

Manchester Airport is nearby.

Bedford Higher Education

The educational institutions providing higher education are New Hampshire College, Fitchburg State College, Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

People

Total Population 21,449
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 10,602
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 64.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.9%
Median Earnings25+ $66,121
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,364
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,549

Wealth

Median Family Income $144,143
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,527
Median House Value $370,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.8%
Irish 25.1%

Bedford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SW of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hillsborough
Standard Zip Codes 03110
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.946
Longitude -71.516

Bedford 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 MASSABESIC LAKE
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 32 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Station WEARE
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 47.2 inches
Station DEERING
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 78 F
Oct Temp 40 to 57 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amherst 11,234 $123,354
Goffstown 17,765 $86,322
Litchfield 8,329 $105,093
Manchester 110,065 $67,192
Merrimack 25,563 $104,357
New Boston 5,390 $105,032

Bedford Public Libraries

Library
Bedford Public Library
3 MEETINGHOUSE ROAD
Bedford, New Hampshire
(603) 472-3023
Library Web Site

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