The “Elm City” offers the best of modern New England living. This vibrant, historic community of more than 22,000 people in southwest New Hampshire boasts a bustling downtown filled with shops, malls, pubs and restaurants, as well as a rich cultural life. Outside the town center, nearby woods, trails and waterways provide perfect opportunities for outdoor activities in every season.
Keene’s social and community scene includes the annual Pumpkin Festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year, the Ice and Snow Fest featuring downtown ice carvings and winter sports, and the Keene Music Festival, host to dozens of bands in the fall. The area around the city's Central Square is the backdrop for scenes from the Robin Williams movie, Jumanji.
The city is also home to a number of colleges and universities, including Keene State College, Antioch University New England and the nearby Franklin Pierce University. Three-time NECBL League champions, the Keene Swamp Bats, play baseball every summer.
Keene is a four-hour drive to New York and Montreal, and less than two hours from Boston.