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Bedford, NH

bedford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bedford
Rick Sawyer, Planning Director
24 North Amherst Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Telephone (603) 472-5242
Fax (603) 472-4573
E-mail rsawyer@bedfordnh.org
Web Site www.bedfordnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District District 9
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 7, 41

Incorporated: 1750
Origin: Bedford was established in 1730 as Narragansett Number 5 for the benefit of soldiers who fought against the Narragansett Indians in Rhode Island. Twenty years later little had been done to the land, and it was regranted first as Souhegan East, then as Bedford in 1750. The town was named for Lord John Russell, fourth Duke of Bedford, a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, whose first wife, Diana Spencer, was cousin to the Duke of Marlborough. The town's first moderator was Major John Goffe, son of Colonel John Goffe for whom Goffstown was named.
Villages and Place Names: unknown
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 898 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Bedford ranked eighth in numeric change over 53 years. Population change totaled 17,703, from 3,636 in 1960 to 21,339 in 2013. The largest decennial percent change was 62 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2013 Census estimate for Bedford was 21,339 residents, which ranked 12th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2013 (US Census Bureau): 651.4 persons per square mile of land area. Bedford contains 32.8 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2015 $27,304,581
Budget: School Appropriations, 2015-2016 $65,738,486
Zoning Ordinance 1953/14
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Town Council; Library
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Conservation; Historic District; Recreation; Budget; Housing Auth.
Public Library Bedford Public

Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 6 miles 296
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 4 miles 240

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Manchester Water Works; Pennichuck Water Works
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2014 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.50
2014 Equalization Ratio 90.3
2014 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.16
2014 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.9%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2009-2013) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 7,264
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,465
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 59
Five or More Units in Structure 691
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 49
Total Population Community County
2013 21,339 402,979
2010 21,203 400,721
2000 18,492 382,384
1990 12,513 336,549
1980 9,481 276,608
1970 5,859 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2009-2013
Population by Gender
Male:   10,437 Female:   10,902
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,100
Age 5 to 19 5,273
Age 20 to 34 2,302
Age 35 to 54 6,843
Age 55 to 64 2,753
Age 65 and over 3,068
Median Age 42.7 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 55.9%

(ACS 2009-2013) ANNUAL INCOME, 2013
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income 53,755
Median family income 139,409
Median household income 122,517
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male 100,532
Female 57,905
Individuals below the poverty level 3.8%

Annual Average 2004 2014
Civilian Labor Force 10,924 11,280
Employed 10,606 10,864
Unemployed 318.0 416
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.7%

Annual Average Covered Employment 2004 2014
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,811 1,213
Average Weekly Wage $931 $1,480
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 11,347 12,883
Average Weekly Wage $899 $1,074
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 13,158 14,096
Average Weekly Wage $903 $1,109
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 767 1,132
Average Weekly Wage $738 $927
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 13,925 15,228
Average Weekly Wage $894 $1,095
'n' indicates data does not meet disclosure standards

Schools students attend: Bedford operates grades K-12 SAU 25
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology Region: 15
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 2 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-6
Total Enrollment 1,497 1,486 1,468 20
2015 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 15 Total Capacity: 1,237
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; Mount Washington College; UNH-Manchester

Bedford School District Education 800
Market Basket Supermarket 450 2013
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Target Department store 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 182
Lowe's Home improvement center 171
Walmart Retail store 137
Macy's Department store 125
Kohl's Department store 80
Freshmarket Grocery store 75
*Employer information supplied by municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes 3
State Routes 101, 114
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-293, Exit 3
Distance Local access
Railroad Boston & Maine
Public Transportation MTA
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Manchester-Boston Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 7 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 5 miles
Portland, ME 101 miles
Boston, MA 55 miles
New York City, NY 253 miles
Montreal, Quebec 263 miles

Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 85.4%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.8%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0.1%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 8.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.1 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2009-2013)
Working in community of residence 26.5%
Commuting to another NH community 62.2%
Commuting out-of-state 11.3%
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
Performing Arts Facilities
Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
Snowmobile Trails
Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre, Pat's Peak

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2015.
Community Response Received 06/22/15

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