NHES and ELMI agency logos
New Hampshire Employment Security - an official New Hampshire Government web site
Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
link to website translation page

ELMI Home > Products > Community Profiles >

Community Profiles

Bedford, NH

bedford New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Bedford
Rebecca Hebert, CPM, 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 Town Offices: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8-4, Tuesday, 7-4; Town Clerk: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8-4:30, Tuesday, 7-3:30; Tax Collector: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8-4:30, Tuesday, 7-4:30

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 District 2

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: Population change for Bedford totaled 17,446 over 50 years, from 5,859 in 1970 to 23,305 in 2020. Bedford had the sixth-largest 50 year numeric change among the cities and towns. The 2022 Census estimate for Bedford was 23,704 residents, which ranked 11th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 723.6 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, 2023 $38,114,548
Budget: School Appropriations, 2022-2023 $85,250,832
Zoning Ordinance 1953/23
Master Plan 2021
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 292
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 4 miles 262

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 Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.60
2022 Equalization Ratio 79.2
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $13.73
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings80.4%
Commercial Land and Buildings18.0%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.7%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 8,285
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 7,054
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 87
Five or More Units in Structure 1,144
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 23,704 426,594
2020 23,322 422,937
2010 21,203 400,721
2000 18,492 382,384
1990 12,513 336,549
1980 9,481 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   11,169 Female:   11,988
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,167
Age 5 to 19 4,961
Age 20 to 34 2,873
Age 35 to 54 6,480
Age 55 to 64 3,770
Age 65 and over 3,906
Median Age 44.8 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 15,797
High school graduate or higher 97.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 65.5%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $62,501
Median family income $166,413
Median household income $143,119
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $110,533
Female $75,345
Individuals below the poverty level 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 11,046 12,284
Employed 10,537 12,018
Unemployed 509 266
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,114 1,621
Average Weekly Wage $1,253 $1,952
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 12,067 14,920
Average Weekly Wage $1,035 $1,507
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 13,181 16,541
Average Weekly Wage $1,053 $1,551
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 1,148 1,189
Average Weekly Wage $882 $1,153
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 14,329 17,730
Average Weekly Wage $1,040 $1,524

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 3 2 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-4 5-8 9-12 P K 1-4
Total Enrollment 1,421 1,349 1,389 61
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 14 Total Capacity: 1,329
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester; Nashua
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; Franklin Pierce-Manchester; MCPHS; Thomas More; Rivier

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
LSNE Contract manufacturing 275
Bedford School District Education 732
Whole Foods Natural food supermarket 325
Lowe's Home improvement center 215
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 205
Market Basket Supermarket 462 2013
Target Department store 175
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 400

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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 11,618
Drove alone, car/truck/van 71.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 4.2%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 2.3%
Other Means 0.8%
Worked at home 20.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work 28.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 37.3%
Commuting to another NH community 51.9%
Commuting out-of-state 10.8%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
X 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
X 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
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
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, Hiking Trails

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/23/23

All information regarding the communities is from sources deemed reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions, modifications, and withdrawals without notice. No warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the information contained herein. Specific questions regarding individual cities and towns should be directed to the community contact.


Translation Resources and Disclaimer

New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
45 South Fruit Street  |  Concord NH 03301  |  603-224-3311  |  1-800-852-3400
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964