B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$981
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%

Keene Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    116
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    65
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    404
    500
  • Theft
    2,431
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    69
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,499
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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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!
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Keene is a great town in Southwestern New Hampshire! Main Street is full of great shops and amazing places to eat, like Fritz's or The Stage. The Monadnock Food Co-op is a great place to get farm fresh and grass fed foods. Keene is a great place where you'll always find something to do, also it's not too far away from Mount Monadnock! The only thing I would change are the roads. There are too many potholes on the side streets.
It seems to me it was very hard to get employed without knowing someone, having a lot of job experience, or fitting a "certain mold." They narrowed main st. back in I think the 90's so now they cause more gridlock, it used to be from what I heard one of the widest streets in the U.S., and I remember vaguely because I was a kid then. Also, it's turning into (or maybe it's always kind of been like this) a catty nosey gossipy one size fits all town. Wish I hadn't of wasted money fixing up a house in a suburb I no longer own, so I could move. It's getting to the point you hate one town you hate them all. Rent is also high for not a lot of decent job opportunities. A lot more homeless roaming around as proof. I sense some people are ruining it on purpose. I should have gone more with my instinct on this one, I need to go somewhere bigger than this. At least my mom got her knee fixed after the 2nd attempt, otherwise it really would have been a waste.