Introduction to Keene, New Hampshire

Keene, New Hampshire, in Cheshire county, is 41 miles W of Manchester, New Hampshire and 73 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 22,563 residents in the city.

Keene History

Settlement began in the are began after 1736. It became a part of New Hampshire in 1741. Native Americans attacked and burned the village during King George's War. Governor Benning Wentworth renamed the city after Sir Benjamin Keene. It became the county seat of Cheshire County in 1769. The railroad first arrived in the city in 1848. It was incorporated in 1874.

Keene and nearby Attractions

  • Riverside Plaza Shopping Center
  • Otter Brook Lake
  • Historical Society of Cheshire County
  • Horatio Colony House Museum
  • Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area
  • Monadnock Children's Museum

Things To Do In Keene

Keene is home to the Robin Hood Forest, the Keene City Park, Hickey-Desilets Park, the Dinsmoor Woods, and the Ells-Harrison Park, which offer facilities for recreation and are popular leisure spots among locals. One The Horatio Colony Museum provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. Local celebrations include the Ice and Snow Festival and the Pumpkin Festival. The Keene Country Club and Bretwood Golf Course provide excellent facilities for golfers as well.

Keene Transportation

Manchesrer Airport is nearby.

Keene Higher Education

Keene State College is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Mount Wachusett Community College, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Fitchburg State College.


Total Population 23,281
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 11,626
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.7%
Median Earnings25+ $36,979
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,390


Median Family Income $75,057
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $1,006
Median House Value $185,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 18.2%
Irish 20.6%

Keene Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Cheshire
Standard Zip Codes 03431
Company Zip Codes 03435
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.933
Longitude -72.278

Keene Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KEENE
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Keene, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Swanzey (03431)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gilsum 610 $56,750
Marlborough 1,840 $63,452
Roxbury 236 $71,250
Sullivan 741 $63,854
Surry 828 $80,625
Swanzey 7,255 $58,500

Keene Public Libraries

Keene Public Library
Keene, New Hampshire
(603) 352-0157

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Keene Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(603) 354-5400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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Historic Keene


Cheshire House c1905.

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Cheshire House c1905.

Stone bridge (Ashuelot River) c1905.

West Street c1905.

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