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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,006
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

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
    153
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    61
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    423
    1
  • Theft
    2,854
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    57
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,636
National
$53,889
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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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.
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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.
Keene is a quaint town in a beautiful valley. It has plenty of trees and has multiple trails for biking and hiking. The surrounding monadnock region has many lakes for swimming and kayaking. The winters can be long here and the summers are humid; the seasons dictate the general experience of living in the area.
Socially, Keene tends to be liberal, upper middle class. We are also home to many libertarians that are active in the area.In terms of things to do It can be easy to get bored once you experience all the local shops repeatedly. Keene also has a very bad heroin problem that is underplayed by the locals but in general is somewhat of a safe community.