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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Bedford is a suburb of Manchester with a population of 22,388. Bedford is in Hillsborough County and is one of the best places to live in New Hampshire. Living in Bedford offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Bedford there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Bedford and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Bedford are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$394,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,685
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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Bedford Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    35.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    4.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    8.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    808.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    22.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Bedford

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$131,986
National
$55,322

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Bedford Reviews

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We have lived in Bedford for 12 years and have seen a lot of growth; recently Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Market Basket, and brand new Hannaford. Widening of 101 in Bedford by the Bedford Village Inn will help with traffic flow. Manchester has some great restaurants and is only 12 mins away. We are an hour away from everything; the mountains and lakes, ocean, and Boston. Yes housing is expensive, but the homes are spread apart with lots of woods as buffers...very private and beautiful!
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If you have the financial resources to live in Bedford and have any flexibility head to the NH coast. Bedford is a bedroom community with minimal to do here. As for education, vast majority of teachers graduated from Keene, Plymouth State, UNH so think about that before registering your children. Raised our children here and they had there college experience out-of-state, and would never come back to live. Pretty common outcome, so do your research. It is absolutely lovely with well-kept, unique homes so if this is enough then welcome.
Bedford is a town in New Hampshire that is small enough to almost always see someone you recognize when you are out and about. Although not a whole lot to to in the area, the adjacent city of Manchester is a big plus. Bedford is very fortunate to have one of the best school districts in the state of New Hampshire. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't challenged throughout my seven years spent at the Bedford School District, but I also have gained so many opportunities in experiencing such schools. Bedford, NH is home because of how close knit the community is and how the residents care and support each other each and every day. This town is lucky to have a significant amount of money distributed among the majority of families in the area, for one can say that this often plays a role in giving back to the community.