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A+ Keene Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Keene Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than New Hampshire
11010% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Keene cost of living
C+ Keene Crime Total crime is 99% higher than New Hampshire
Total crime
3,14314% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3214% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Keene crime
C- Keene Employment Household income is 22% lower than New Hampshire
Median household income
$53,4993% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,810equal to the US average
Unemployment rate
3%27% lower than the US average
Keene employment
F Keene Housing Home value is 24% lower than New Hampshire
Median home value
$183,3001% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9813% higher than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Keene real estate or Keene rentals
B- Keene Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
54%10% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:123% lower than the US average
Keene K-12 schools or Keene colleges

Living in Keene, NH

Keene is a mid-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. The city has a population of 23,537 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (93% White). Given that fact, Keene could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Keene. With average one way commute time of only 16 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Keene, New Hampshire. The best areas in Keene and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the New Hampshire and national averages.

Keene has a livability score of 71/100 and is ranked #23 in New Hampshire and #9,859 in the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Keene ranks well for amenities (A+) and education (B-). On a more negative note, Keene does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (D), weather (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Keene on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Colonial Theatre, Stonewall Farm, and Central Square.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Keene. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Keene are affordable. The median home price for Keene homes is $183,300, which is 23.5% lower than the New Hampshire average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Keene, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 2.9% lower than the New Hampshire average.

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Keene, NH: A Sleepy New England City

Keene is a great little spot in southern New Hampshire. I love living here, especially during the winter. If you enjoy winter sports and especially skiing, you'll like it too. There are a bunch of great skiing areas within driving distance of Keene. That being said, it is also a small city with limited opportunities as far as work and school go, but I don't see that as a negative.

If you're looking for something to do without leaving Keene, check out Robin Hood Park. It's a pretty big park and I think it's the best area in Keene. The city is a great choice for people that are looking to settle down and don't really want a very busy lifestyle. There are enough stores and restaurants in Keene to keep you from having to drive far, such as the West Street Shopping Center on the west end of town. It's a beautiful, comfortable New England Town for sure.
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Source: The Keene, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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