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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 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 57 years. Population change totaled 18,822, from 3,636 in 1960 to 22,458 in 2017. The largest decennial percent change was 62 percent between 1970 and 1980. The 2017 Census estimate for Bedford was 22,458 residents, which ranked 12th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2017 (US Census Bureau): 685.5 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, 2018 $30,333,980
Budget: School Appropriations, 2018-2019 $74,011,321
Zoning Ordinance 1953/18
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 258
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester 4 miles 258

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
2017 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.91
2017 Equalization Ratio 94.3
2017 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $17.65
2017 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings79.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings19.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other1.4%

(ACS 2013-2017) Housing
Total Housing Units 8,003
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 7,177
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 138
Five or More Units in Structure 688
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 0
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2017 22,458 409,697
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) 2013-2017
Population by Gender
Male:   10,706 Female:   11,313
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 1,653
Age 5 to 19 4,404
Age 20 to 34 2,697
Age 35 to 54 6,462
Age 55 to 64 3,401
Age 65 and over 3,402
Median Age 44.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 97.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher 60.7%

(ACS 2013-2017) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $56,516
Median family income $143,445
Median household income $127,945
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $103,110
Female $68,494
Individuals below the poverty level 1.8%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2007 2017
Civilian Labor Force 11,416 11,825
Employed 11,101 11,545
Unemployed 315 280
Unemployment Rate 2.8% 2.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2007 2017
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $1,321 $1,288
Average Weekly Wage $1,271 $1,763
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $12,038 $14,140
Average Weekly Wage $933 $1,100
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $13,359 $15,428
Average Weekly Wage $966 $1,156
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $902 $1,159
Average Weekly Wage $799 $996
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $14,262 $16,587
Average Weekly Wage $955 $1,144

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 1,489 1,472 1,491
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 215
Kelly Services Temporary employment agency 200
Town of Bedford Municipal services 186
Market Basket Supermarket 450 2013
Target Department store 175
Freshmarket Grocery store 58
Hannaford Brothers Supermarket 339

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 2013-2017) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 5.3%
Public transportation 1.1%
Walked 0.6%
Other Means 0.4%
Worked at home 10.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 27.6 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2013-2017)
Working in community of residence 30.1%
Commuting to another NH community 56.3%
Commuting out-of-state 13.6%
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, August 2019. Community Response Received 6/12/18

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