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Keene is a wonderful New England town; in its own way, it actually reminds me of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. The downtown strip is always bustling with activity, and no matter what the season, always looks the part. While it is a college town, you'll find that there is much more to do than partying; whether it's picking apples in the fall, climbing Mount Monadnock during the summer, or hanging out at the coffee shops during winter, there is always something great to do!
I lived in Keene for 2 years, and I'm so glad I moved away! It's a dying town. Yes, it's 2 hours from Boston, but the constant drive back and forth can get irritating. Hiking, antique stores, and in town museums are pretty much what's available. It's definitely cheaper to live with houses being under $150K. This is monumental compared to Boston housing markets! The problem is the property taxes are so high, especially in Keene proper. If you're looking for a place to raise a family with a suburban feel, then Keene could be the spot for you. There is little to no diversity, and I didn't appreciate the veiled racism I experienced when I was trying to get my voter registration squared away. I don't find the police force to be very reputable. There is a homeless crisis as well as opioid crisis. The Keene Mayor & police aren't doing much of anything, except shooing them away for a couple of days if there is a major festival or during the summer months when it's tourist season.
Keene is a beautiful old colonial town that is rich with young life. At first glance it seems like there are only activities for people over 40 or under 16 (aside from the numerous bar for all the college students...) However, if you look closer and make connections with locals you will find there are hidden gems everywhere that fill just about every niche. Opportunities that you may only think are available in big cities like Boston or New York are right around the corner. We're a couple hours from the Canadian Border, 20 minutes from Vermont, 30 minutes from Massachusetts, and 2 hours from Maine. In a location like that, if you get stir crazy it's easy to hop across and find something else to entertain you for the day.