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Keene, NH


Keene New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact City of Keene
Helen Mattson, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager
3 Washington Street
Keene, NH 03431-3191
Telephone (603) 357-9804
Fax (603) 283-5650
E-mail infodesk@ci.keene.nh.us
Web Site www.ci.keene.nh.us

Municipal Office Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Cheshire
Labor Market Area Keene NH Micro-NECTA
Tourism Region Monadnock
Planning Commission Southwest Region
Regional Development Monadnock Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District 2 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 2 (All Wards)
State Senate District 10 (All Wards)
State Representative Cheshire County Districts 4, 16 (Ward 1) 5, 16 (Ward 2) 6, 16 (Ward 3) 7, 16 (Ward 4) 8, 16 (Ward 5)

Incorporated: 1753
Origin: This territory was first granted in 1735 as Upper Ashuelot to soldiers in the wars against Canada, and intended to be a fort town. Establishment of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire boundary in 1753 made it one of the largest towns in New England. Under regrant by the New Hampshire governor, the town was named in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene of England, an associate of Governor Wentworth in the Spanish West Indies trade. Keene was incorporated as a city in 1873. The Keene Normal School, now Keene State College, was founded here in 1909. The annual Keene Pumpkin Festival has set eight world records for the largest number of lit jack-o-lanterns, reaching 28,952 in 2003.
Villages and Place Names: North Swanzey, South Keene, Marlborough
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 1,314 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Keene, including resident students, totaled 5,710 over 52 years, from 17,562 in 1960 to 23,272 in 2012. The largest decennial percent change was a 17 percent increase between 1960 and 1970; the city decreased in population between 1990 and 2000. The 2012 Census estimate for Keene was 23,272 residents, which ranked 11th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 628.5 persons per square mile of land area. Keene contains 37.3 square miles of land area and 0.3 square miles of inland water area.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government Mayor, Council, & Manager
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2013-2014 $57,815,450
Budget: School Appropriations, 2013-2014 $62,756,947
Zoning Ordinance 1927/07
Master Plan 2010
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Elected:City Council
Appointed:Planning; Zoning; Library; Conservation; Cemetery
Public Library Keene Public

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene Local 140

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier Keene Gas Corp
Water Supplier Keene Water Department
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupNone
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramMandatory
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) PROPERTY TAXES
2012 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $31.40
2012 Equalization Ratio 106.4
2012 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $33.03
2012 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings61.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings35.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.7%

(ACS 2008-2012) HOUSING
Total Housing Units 9,717
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 5,061
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 2,088
Five or More Units in Structure 2,214
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 354
(US Census Bureau) DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2012 23,272 76,851
2010 23,409 77,117
2000 22,589 73,993
1990 23,081 70,223
1980 21,449 62,116
1970 20,467 52,364
 
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2008-2012
Population by Gender
Male:   10,883 Female:   12,506
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 788
Age 5 to 19 5,452
Age 20 to 34 5,549
Age 35 to 54 5,295
Age 55 to 64 2,770
Age 65 and over 3,535
Median Age 35 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 92.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher 37.6%

(ACS 2008-2012) ANNUAL INCOME, 2012
(Inflation Adjusted Dollars)
Per capita income $26,432
Median family income $74,712
Median household income $50,530
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $52,519
Female $40,428
Individuals below the poverty level 17.4%

(NHES - ELMI) LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2002 2012
Civilian Labor Force 12,199 12,377
Employed 11,798 11,754
Unemployed 401 623
Unemployment Rate 3.3% 5.0%

(NHES - ELMI) EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2002 2012
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 3,650 2,693
Average Weekly Wage $794 $1,032
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 12,868 13,565
Average Weekly Wage $551 $807
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 16,517 16,258
Average Weekly Wage $605 $845
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 2,360 2,566
Average Weekly Wage $601 $882
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 18,878 18,824
Average Weekly Wage $604 $850
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education) EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Keene operates grades K-12 SAU 29
Career Technology Center(s): The Cheshire Career Center, Keene; Fall Mountain Regional High School - CTE, Langdon; Windham Regional Career Center, Brattleboro, VT Region: 13
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 5 1 1 4
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 1,274 631 1,506 472
2013 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 16 Total Capacity: 822
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Keene State; Antioch New England; Franklin Pierce University

LARGEST BUSINESSES PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
TimKen Super Precision Mini & precision bearings 310 1941
Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic-Keene Health care services 1,457 1892
Imaje Corporation Industrial marking equipment 417 1911
National Grange Mutual Insurance Insurance services 347 1923
Keene State College Education 929 1909
Smith Industrial Medical Systems Hospital supplies 450 1971
Liberty Mutual/Peerless Insurance Company Insurance services 426 1901
Keene School District Education 775
C & S Wholesale Grocers Wholesale foods 900 2004
Janos Technologies Precision infared optics 72 1970

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) TRANSPORTATION
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 9, 10, 12, 12A, 32, 101
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-91 (VT), Exit 3
Distance 17 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation City Express
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Dillant-Hopkins, Swanzey
Runway 6,201 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 57 miles
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 150 miles
Boston, MA 85 miles
New York City, NY 222 miles
Montreal, Quebec 243 miles

(ACS 2008-2012) COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 73.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.5%
Public transportation 0.2%
Walked 11.6%
Other Means 1.4%
Worked at home 4.6%
Mean Travel Time to Work 16.3 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2008-2012)
Working in community of residence 72.4%
Commuting to another NH community 20.5%
Commuting out-of-state 7.1%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
   
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Ascutney (VT)
   
Other: Hiking

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, February 2014.
Community Response Received 07/17/13

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