Keene, NH
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Keene is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Hampshire. With a population of 23,265 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Keene is the 11th largest community in New Hampshire. Keene has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Keene is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 office and administrative support (15.63%), teaching (11.32%), and sales jobs (10.69%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.07% 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 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Keene spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.84 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Keene is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.35% 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 2010 was $29,383, which is lower middle income relative to New Hampshire, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,532 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 English, German, French , and Italian.

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