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.

A relatively large number of people in Bedford telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Bedford a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Bedford has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Bedford’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Bedford is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Bedford area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Bedford is a pretty powerful place. 58.69% of the adults in Bedford have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.