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Bedford, NH

bedford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bedford
Rebecca Hebert, Planning Director
24 North Amherst Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Telephone (603) 472-5243
Fax (603) 472-4573
E-mail [email protected]
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 54 years. Population change totaled 17,813, from 3,636 in 1960 to 21,449 in 2014. The largest decennial percent change was 62 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2014 Census estimate for Bedford was 21,449 residents, which ranked 12th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2014 (US Census Bureau): 654.7 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.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Manager & Council
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2016 $28,713,893
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $68,536,512
Zoning Ordinance 1953/16
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

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 6 miles 266
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 PickupPrivate
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 Administration) Property Taxes
2015 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.76
2015 Equalization Ratio 84.8
2015 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $19.16
2015 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings20.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2010-2014) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,411
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,685
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 67
Five or More Units in Structure 648
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 11
(US Census Bureau) Demographics
Total Population Community County
2014 21,449 402,776
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) 2010-2014
Population by Gender
Male:   10,426 Female:   11,023
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,130
Age 5 to 19 5,109
Age 20 to 34 2,555
Age 35 to 54 6,691
Age 55 to 64 2,826
Age 65 and over 3,138
Median Age 42.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 95.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 57.9%

(ACS 2010-2014) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $54,275
Median family income $144,143
Median household income $123,426
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $100,746
Female $64,250
Individuals below the poverty level 2.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2005 2015
Civilian Labor Force 10,924 11,280
Employed 10,606 10,864
Unemployed 318 416
Unemployment Rate 2.9% 3.7%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
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

If "n" appears, data do not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Bedford operates grades K-12 SAU 25
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology Region: 15
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 2 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12
Total Enrollment 1,531 1,471 1,477
2016 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 15 Total Capacity: 1,364
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; Mount Washington College; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 100
Bedford School District Education 800
Whole Foods Natural food supermarket 165
Lowe's Home improvement center 190
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 179
Market Basket Supermarket 425 2013
Target Department store 190
Freshmarket Grocery store 75
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 325

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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 7 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 7 miles
Portland, ME 101 miles
Boston, MA 55 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 265 miles

(ACS 2010-2014) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.4%
Public transportation 0.6%
Walked 0.1%
Other Means 0.9%
Worked at home 9.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2010-2014)
Working in community of residence 28.3%
Commuting to another NH community 59.4%
Commuting out-of-state 12.3%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
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
X Fishing/Hunting
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, August 2016. Community Response Received 05/27/16

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