Bedford, NH
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Bedford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 22,418 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Bedford is the 12th largest community in New Hampshire.

Bedford home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Hampshire, but Bedford real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Bedford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bedford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bedford who work in management occupations (19.87%), sales jobs (15.87%), and healthcare (9.93%).

Also of interest is that Bedford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.04% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Bedford is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bedford really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bedford perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Bedford is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Bedford, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bedford. 58.69% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bedford in 2010 was $54,166, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $216,664 for a family of four.

The people who call Bedford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bedford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bedford include English, Italian, French Canadian, and German.

The most common language spoken in Bedford is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Spanish.