Living in Keene

Location: Keene is set in the beautiful Monadnock region of Southwestern New Hampshire. We’re just a twenty minute drive from both Massachusetts and Vermont, and an hour from the state capital, Concord. It’s just two hours to Boston and a little over four to either New York City or Montreal.

Population: As the home of Keene State College and Antioch University, Keene has a young and vibrant population where the median age is 36.7. According to the last census 23,400 people reside in town, although the daytime population may be double that when school is in session.

Climate: Since Keene is located in a valley, it is insulated from much of the coldest, snowiest weather typical upstate during the winter. Summers are pleasantly mild. The average temperature ranges from 20°F in January to 70°F in July.

Residency: In Keene the cost of living is lower than the national average. There are a variety of housing options from downtown apartments to traditional New England homes in the suburbs to rural living with a view.

Amenities: Keene is known for having an excellent public school system. Its Cheshire Medical Center is one of the largest in the region and offers exceptional care. There are also plenty of gyms, a library, and all your standard city comforts.

Our Top 5 Favorite Things about Living in Keene NH:

1. The downtown area of Keene is perfectly picturesque, with plenty of small shops and a variety of fresh and delectable food choices. Day or night, there’s a place to go and something to see. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

2. Keene was rated the most walkable city in New Hampshire due in part to a well-maintained network of hiking and biking paths. It’s easy to get from A to B without a car, although there isn’t much traffic anyways.

3. Keene is also a center for local, independent businesses. Shopping local is part of our identity as a community. Don’t worry, though, we have all your standard regional and national chains if you need them, too.

4. From Keene we have access to great outdoor recreation in all four seasons. Whether you like camping, hiking, boating, rock-climbing, skiing, or snowmobiling, we have it here. And living in New England in the fall can’t be beat.

5. The city is active in supporting green causes and sustainable practices. Whether you’re the type that chooses to recycle only occasionally, or if you a full out tree-huggin’ vegan, you’ll find what you need.