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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.62% 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.
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 education level of Keene ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Keene, 41.84% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.