Bedford, NH
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Bedford is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 22,204 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 (19.52%), sales jobs (16.60%), and office and administrative support (9.15%).

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: 9.49% 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 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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Bedford. 58.65% 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 $57,043, which is wealthy relative to New Hampshire and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,172 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, French Canadian, Italian, and German.

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