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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,879
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+10,962
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married64.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher58.7%
Median Earnings25+$69,213
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$100,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,048

Wealth

Median Family Income$142,656
% Above Poverty Level98.1%
% Below Poverty Level1.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone13.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,563
Median House Value$370,000

Ancestry

Irish21.9%
English14.5%
Italian12.4%
Canadian12.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)9.5%
French Except Basque8%
Polish4.8%
Scottish3.4%
Swedish2.6%
Greek2.1%
Russian2%
Portuguese1.6%
Hungarian1.1%
Danishn0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Czech0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Arab0.5%
African0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Moroccan0.4%
Finnish0.3%
South African0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Liberian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
German0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Bedford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hillsborough County
Standard Zip Codes3110
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.95
Approximate Longitude-71.5

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)

StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance6.4 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationWEARE
Distance14.5 miles
Jan Temp10 to 31 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip47.2 inches
StationDEERING
Distance20.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp34 to 55 F
Jul Temp59 to 78 F
Oct Temp40 to 57 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amherst11,254$131,205
Goffstown17,888$87,098
Litchfield8,382$105,505
Manchester110,231$67,369
Merrimack25,580$103,998
New Boston5,462$110,347

Bedford Public Libraries

Bedford Public Library
3 MEETINGHOUSE ROAD
Bedford, New Hampshire
(603) 472-2300

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Bedford Public Schools

Peter Woodbury School
180 County Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 622-0431
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Bedford High School
47b Nashua Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 310-9000
High
Total Enrollment 1468
Ross A. Lurgio Middle School
47a Nashua Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 310-9100
Middle
Total Enrollment 775
Memorial School
55 Old Bedford Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 627-1776
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Mckelvie Intermediate School
108 Liberty Hill Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 472-3951
Middle
Total Enrollment 711
Riddle Brook School
230 New Boston Rd.
ZIP: 3110
(603) 471-1082
Primary
Total Enrollment 501

Bedford Private Schools

Bedford Village Morning School
19 Ministerial Rd
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Harmony Learning Center
54 Constitution Dr
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Bedford Montessori School
24 Tirrell Hill Rd
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Learning Adventures
51 Old Bedford Rd
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Lambs Workshop The
1 Covenant Way
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Kellogg Christian School
41 Back River Rd
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
New Morning School
23 Back River Rd
ZIP: 3110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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