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Bedford, NH

bedford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bedford
Rebecca Hebert, AICP, 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 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 sixth in numeric change over 49 years. Population change totaled 16,769, from 5,859 in 1970 to 22,628 in 2019. The largest decennial percent change was 62 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2019 Census estimate for Bedford was 22,628 residents, which ranked 12th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2019 (US Census Bureau): 690.7 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, 2020 $31,302,603
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $77,700,000
Zoning Ordinance 1953/20
Master Plan Update in progress
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 268
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 4 miles 251

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
2019 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.95
2019 Equalization Ratio 94.7
2019 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.72
2019 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.3%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.4%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.3%

(ACS 2015-2019) Housing
Total Housing Units 8,056
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 6,842
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 161
Five or More Units in Structure 1,053
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2019 22,628 417,025
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) 2015-2019
Population by Gender
Male:   11,039 Female:   11,496
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,339
Age 5 to 19 4,832
Age 20 to 34 2,929
Age 35 to 54 6,236
Age 55 to 64 3,468
Age 65 and over 3,731
Median Age 43.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 63.4%

(ACS 2015-2019) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $58,602
Median family income $151,016
Median household income $135,021
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $103,542
Female $69,055
Individuals below the poverty level 2.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2009 2019
Civilian Labor Force 11,406 12,409
Employed 10,862 12,132
Unemployed 544 277
Unemployment Rate 4.8% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2009 2019
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,208 1,430
Average Weekly Wage $1,161 $1,781
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 11,536 14,741
Average Weekly Wage $944 $1,197
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 12,744 16,171
Average Weekly Wage $965 $1,248
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,090 1,193
Average Weekly Wage $829 $1,078
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 13,834 17,364
Average Weekly Wage $954 $1,237

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 1
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 K 1-2
Total Enrollment 1,557 1,439 1,525 2
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 17 Total Capacity: 1,445
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
LSNE Contract manufacturing 216
Bedford School District Education 755
Whole Foods Natural food supermarket 254
Lowe's Home improvement center 215
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 188
Market Basket Supermarket 470 2013
Target Department store 175
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 377

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 2015-2019) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 83.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.6%
Public transportation 0.7%
Walked 0.5%
Other Means 10.1%
Worked at home 13.0%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2015-2019)
Working in community of residence 26.4%
Commuting to another NH community 60.6%
Commuting out-of-state 13.0%
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
Tourist 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, 2021. Community Response Received 9/1/20

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