Keene is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 22,786 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Keene is the 11th largest community in New Hampshire. Keene has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Keene is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Keene is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Keene who work in teaching (9.87%), sales jobs (9.85%), and management occupations (9.75%).
Also of interest is that Keene 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 Keene telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.62% 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.
Keene is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Keene enrolled in college, Keene has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Keene, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of Keene is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.46 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The citizens of Keene are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.84% of adults in Keene have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Keene in 2018 was $30,993, which is low income relative to New Hampshire, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,972 for a family of four. However, Keene contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Keene home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Keene residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Keene include Irish, English, Italian, French, and German.
The most common language spoken in Keene is English. Other important languages spoken here include Vietnamese and Spanish.