Keene, NH

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Living in Keene

Keene is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 23,047 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Keene is the 12th largest community in New Hampshire.

Keene is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Keene is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Keene who work in sales jobs (11.53%), teaching (9.94%), and management occupations (9.39%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.22% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 there are quite a few people attending college in Keene, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Keene provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Keene, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.18 minutes getting to work every day.

Keene is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.68% of adults in Keene have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Keene in 2018 was $32,179, 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 $128,716 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 French Canadian.

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