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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,537
Male Share of the Population46.4%
Female Share of the Population53.6%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+11,806
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married36.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,989
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,459

Wealth

Median Family Income$72,980
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone33.5%
Median Gross Rent$981
Median House Value$183,300

Ancestry

Irish19.4%
English19.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.5%
German11%
Italian10.9%
French Except Basque10.7%
Canadian8.9%
Polish4.9%
Scottish4.6%
Swedish1.6%
Finnish1.6%
Russian1.2%
Dutch1.2%
Portuguese0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Swiss0.3%
Czech0.3%
Welsh0.3%
African0.2%
US/American0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Arab0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Keene Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cheshire County
Standard Zip Codes3431
Company Zip Codes3435
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.95
Approximate Longitude-72.29

Keene Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKEENE
Distance2.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp31 to 56 F
Jul Temp57 to 82 F
Oct Temp34 to 60 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationSURRY MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance5 miles
Jan Temp7 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 80 F
Oct Temp33 to 59 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance17.6 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gilsum721$69,028
Marlborough1,908$72,750
Roxbury211$70,000
Sullivan725$65,938
Surry869$83,295
Swanzey7,182$60,509

Keene Public Libraries

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

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Keene Hospitals

Cheshire Medical Center
(Non-profit)
580 Court Street
(603) 354-5400

Keene Public Schools

Franklin Elementary School
217 Washington St.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-1712
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Fuller Elementary School
422 Elm St.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-1245
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Jonathan M. Daniels School
179 Maple Ave.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-8012
Primary
Total Enrollment 187
Keene High School
43 Arch St.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-0640
High
Total Enrollment 1391
Keene Middle School
167 Maple Ave.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 357-9023
Middle
Total Enrollment 693
Symonds Elementary School
79 Park Ave.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-3405
Primary
Total Enrollment 338
Wheelock Elementary School
24 Adams St.
ZIP: 3431
(603) 352-2244
Primary
Total Enrollment 223

Keene Private Schools

Cedarcrest School
91 Maple Ave
ZIP: 3431
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
Keene Montessori School
125 Railroad St
ZIP: 3431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Monadnock Waldorf School
98 S Lincoln St
ZIP: 3431
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 186
St Joseph Regional School
92 Wilson St
ZIP: 3431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
Trinity Christian School
100 Maple Ave
ZIP: 3431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
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Cheshire House c1905.

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Cheshire House c1905.

Stone bridge (Ashuelot River) c1905.

West Street c1905.

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