A city of about 22,500, Keene offers a vibrant downtown with a wide tree-lined Main Street and is surrounded by beautiful scenery as you access recreation for all seasons.
While Keene has been described as “the Currier and Ives corner of New Hampshire,” it serves as the regional center for commerce, employment, entertainment, modern healthcare facilities, fine dining, and historical landmarks. Keene offers excellent educational opportunities from pre-school to grad school. The economy is diverse, with a thriving business community represented in a full spectrum of enterprises―from family-owned companies to world-wide leaders in industry―and with job prospects in many fields. From the eclectic mix of stores, boutiques, and restaurants to the uniquely-preserved landmarks, downtown festivals and events and two live theaters, there is never a shortage of things to do or see. The community has great public spaces and robust recreation assets. Residents and visitors can enjoy its walkable historic downtown, 27 miles of trails, over 2100 acres of open space, and 16 city parks. The community also places a high value on environmental sustainability, health, wellness, and locally-sourced food and products. Discover the Monadnock region, and learn more about the events and other elements that contribute to a high quality of life in our region.
Both local government and community members understand our impacts on, and responsibilities to, others and have worked with spirit and collaboration to be recognized in the areas of economic growth, land use management, cultural diversity, and historic preservation, as well as sustainability. Caring, combined with a strong sense of citizenship, continues to create positive change in our community and beyond. Geographically situated in the heart of New England, the area allows easy access to popular metropolitan areas that include Boston, Hartford, Portland, New York, and Montreal.