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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 rhebert@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 1
Executive Council District 4
State Senate 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 56 years. Population change totaled 18,782, from 3,636 in 1960 to 22,418 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was 62 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2016 Census estimate for Bedford was 22,418 residents, which ranked 12th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 684.3 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, 2017 $28,441,684
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $70,634,148
Zoning Ordinance 1953/17
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; Highway Safety; Sewer & Water Advisory
Public Library Bedford Public

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full & part-time
Emergency Medical Service Full & part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester 6 miles 266
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 4 miles 259

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
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $22.37
2016 Equalization Ratio 84.6
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.77
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings78.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings20.6%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 7,744
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,992
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 146
Five or More Units in Structure 606
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 22,418 407,761
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) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   10,634 Female:   11,245
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,411
Age 5 to 19 4,803
Age 20 to 34 2,387
Age 35 to 54 6,587
Age 55 to 64 3,301
Age 65 and over 3,390
Median Age 43.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 96.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 58.7%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $54,166
Median family income $142,656
Median household income $126,030
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $101,083
Female $66,316
Individuals below the poverty level 1.9%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 11,184 11,719
Employed 10,876 11,438
Unemployed 308 281
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,272 $1,281
Average Weekly Wage $1,220 $1,532
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $11,657 $13,469
Average Weekly Wage $902 $1,106
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $12,929 $14,750
Average Weekly Wage $933 $1,143
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $829 $1,131
Average Weekly Wage $771 $959
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $13,758 $15,881
Average Weekly Wage $924 $1,130

If "n" appears, data does 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 1,478 1,494
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 16 Total Capacity: 1,428
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Wal-Mart Retail store 132
Bedford School District Education 750
Whole Foods Natural food supermarket 160
Lowe's Home improvement center 160
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 187
Market Basket Supermarket 450 2013
Target Department store 175
Freshmarket Grocery store 58
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 333

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 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 6.1%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.7%
Worked at home 9.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.7 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 30.0%
Commuting to another NH community 58.0%
Commuting out-of-state 12.0%
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
Other: Farmer's Market

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/09/17

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