Bedford, New Hampshire

Bedford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 21,203 at the 2010 census[2] and an estimated 22,458 in 2017.[3] Bedford is a suburb of Manchester, the largest city in the state of New Hampshire.

Bedford, New Hampshire
Town Hall
Town Hall
Official seal of Bedford, New Hampshire

Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°56′47″N 71°30′57″W / 42.94639°N 71.51583°WCoordinates: 42°56′47″N 71°30′57″W / 42.94639°N 71.51583°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
 • Town CouncilBill Duschatko, Chair
Melissa Stevens
Chris Bandazian
Kelleigh Murphy
David Gilbert
Catherine Rombeau
Phil Greazzo
 • Town ManagerRick Sawyer[1]
 • Total33.1 sq mi (85.8 km2)
 • Land32.8 sq mi (85.0 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  0.88%
308 ft (94 m)
 • Total21,203
 • Density646/sq mi (249.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code603
FIPS code33-011-04500
GNIS feature ID0873541


In 1733, Massachusetts established Bedford as "Narragansett, No. 5" for the benefit of soldiers who fought against the Narragansett people in Rhode Island.[4] The area was also known as "Souhegan East". The settlement was incorporated as "Bedford" in 1750,[5] and was named for John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford.[6] Lord Russell, a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, was the Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1748 to 1751, and his first wife, Diana Spencer, was cousin to the Duke of Marlborough.[7]

The first settlers in Bedford were Robert and James Walker III. A monument dated 1737 stands on what is now known as Station Road (adjacent to Hawthorne Drive), marking the first settlement. Bedford's first moderator was Mayor John Goffe, son of Colonel John Goffe, for whom Goffstown was named.

In 1874, Bedford was served by Concord Railroad, and service by the Manchester and Ashburnham Railroad was being planned.[8]

Like much of southeastern New Hampshire, Bedford grew rapidly in the last half of the 20th century. The 2000 population of 18,274 was over eight times the population in 1950 of 2,176. Every decade in that period had a substantial rate of growth, ranging from 33 percent between 1980 and 1990 to a 67 percent increase between 1950 and 1960. As of 2017 Bedford was the 12th largest municipality in the state, with an estimated population of 22,458.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.1 square miles (86 km2), of which 32.8 sq mi (85 km2) are land and 0.3 sq mi (0.78 km2) are water, comprising 0.88% of the town. The largest body of water other than the Merrimack River is Sebbins Pond, which is connected to smaller, neighboring bodies of water by Sebbins Brook. Bedford is bordered by the town of Goffstown and the city of Manchester to the north, by Manchester to the east across the Merrimack River, by the town of Merrimack to the south, and by the towns of Amherst and New Boston to the west.

A rock formation called Pulpit Rock (originally the Devil's Pulpit) is located in the northwest part of the town on New Boston Road and is the feature of the town-owned Pulpit Rock Conservation Area. The highest point in Bedford is Holbrook Hill, at 845 feet (258 m) above sea level, located in the extreme northwest corner of town. Bedford lies fully within the Merrimack River watershed.[9]


Two major highways run through Bedford. The Everett Turnpike runs north-south, and Route 101 runs east-west. The segment of the Everett Turnpike north of NH 101 and the segment of NH 101 east of the Everett Turnpike are designated Interstate 293; I-293 turns at this interchange.

The portion of Route 101 in eastern Bedford is a freeway, while the majority of the route through Bedford and to the west is a surface road. US 3 and Route 114 also run through Bedford.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is one town away, in Manchester.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201722,458[3]5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,203 people, 7,364 households, and 5,834 families residing in the town. The population density was 646.4 people per square mile (249.4/km²). There were 7,634 housing units at an average density of 232.7 per square mile (89.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.5% White, 0.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from some other race, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 7,364 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were headed by married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 28.6% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.[10]

For the period 2006–2010, the median income for a household in the town was $116,299 (in 2010 dollars), and the median income for a family was $127,589. Full-time male workers had median earnings of $99,366 versus $53,286 for females. The per capita income for the town was $50,952. About 2.7% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.[11] Bedford had the fifth highest average personal income in the state between 2006 and 2010.[12]


There are six schools in Bedford: Memorial (National Blue Ribbon School awardee in 2012) , Peter Woodbury and Riddle Brook (National Blue Ribbon School awardee in 2017) are neighborhood elementary schools and accommodate grades K through 4. McKelvie Intermediate School accommodates grades 5 and 6. In 2007, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and Bedford High School (grades 9 through 12) opened.

Ross A. Lurgio Middle School and Bedford High School comprise one 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2) building. This was done to support economies of scale (shared kitchen, auditorium, security), but they operate as separate schools with different entrances, bus schedules, start times and end times. Additionally, key-controlled access is required to move between schools.

A small number of athletic fields on the campus of Saint Anselm College are located in Bedford.

Notable people


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Bedford High School (New Hampshire)

Bedford High School is a public high school in the town of Bedford, New Hampshire, United States. The high school adjoins the town's Ross A. Lurgio Middle School (7th and 8th grades). The combined schools are situated on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus at 47 Nashua Road. The two schools share an 810-seat theatre, a 2000-seat gymnasium, a FieldTurf football field and a synthetic 400-meter track. The approximate cost for constructing this facility in combination with Lurgio was $50 million.

Bedford High School's mascot is the bulldog, which was determined from a polling by the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in early 2006. The polling also determined the school colors, which are red, black, and silver.

Bedford has an outstanding sports program, which was recognized as the 20th best in the nation by school employs a two-level system, which are the PSP level and the IB/Honors level. This was based on a general consensus taken in the fall of 2006. The school also offers rigorous Advanced Placement courses and IB courses for juniors and seniors. Bedford High was the first school in the state of New Hampshire to offer IB classes, and the first group of IB Diploma students graduated with the rest of the first senior class in June 2010. A total of 11 seniors earned the IB Diploma.

Before construction of the high school, Bedford's students were tuitioned to Manchester West High School, an arrangement that had been in place since 1923. The high school began teaching in the 2007-2008 school year, with an enrollment of 550 students (freshmen and sophomores only). For the 2009-2010 year, the school accommodated all four classes (freshmen through seniors), and total enrollment reached 1,250 students. The first class to attend four years and graduate from Bedford High School was the class of 2011.

The first principal of the school, from 2007 to 2009, was George H. Edwards Jr., who was previously the principal at Bow High School in nearby Bow, New Hampshire. The current principal is William Hagen, who came from Salem High School.

BHS has a large theatre with seating for 810 people. The school provides choir, band, and art classes. As an afterschool club, BHS Theatre Company does two to three productions a year, including musicals and straight plays.

The BHS math team has, since its birth in 2009, attained 2nd place in the NH SMASH meet in 2012, and then 2nd again the next year in the next division.

Benjamin Orr (Massachusetts politician)

Benjamin Orr (December 1, 1772 – September 3, 1828) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Orr was born in Bedford, New Hampshire, on December 1, 1772. He was self-educated and apprenticed as a carpenter. He attended Fryeburg Academy, taught school at Concord and New Milford, New Hampshire; and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1798. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced the practice of law in Brunswick, Maine (then a part of Massachusetts).

Orr moved to Topsham, Maine, in 1801 and continued the practice of law; was overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and served as trustee from 1814 to 1828 and as treasurer in 1815 and 1816.

Orr was elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1818.

He resumed the practice of law in Topsham and, in 1822, returned to Brunswick to continue the practice of law.

He died in Brunswick, on September 3, 1828, and he was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Chris Lutz

Christopher Ryan Lutz (born February 11, 1985) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player who last played for the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Lutz grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire.

As a senior in Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, he averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game and was a 3-time member of the first team All-State Selection. To date, he is Trinity's all-time leading scorer with over 1,600 points.After graduation from Trinity, Chris attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire as a postgraduate. At Brewster, Chris averaged 15.5 points per game and emerged as a top-level NCAA D1 recruit. He was an All-New England Prep School selection honoree. He signed a letter-of-intent with Purdue University in November 2004 after receiving interest from Columbia and Vanderbilt.

Playing the guard spot, Chris made it to the Big 10-All Freshmen Team in Purdue University. He then transferred and played for the Marshall University's Thundering Herd where he eventually became team captain.He would later join the Philippine National Team, Smart Gilas and then

the 2011 PBA Draft where he became the 3rd Overall Pick.

Chris Messina (open-source advocate)

Christopher Reaves Messina (born January 7, 1981) is the inventor of the hashtag as it is currently used on social media platforms. In a 2007 tweet Messina proposed vertical/associational grouping of messages, trends, and events on Twitter by the means of hashtags. Simply put the hashtag was to be a type of metadata tag that allowed users to apply dynamic, user-generated tagging which made it possible for others to easily find messages with a specific theme or content; it allowed easy, informal markup of folk taxonomy without need of any formal taxonomy or markup language. Hashtags have since been referred to as the "eavesdroppers", "wormholes", "time-machines", and "veins" of the internet. How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?

Although Twitter's initial response to Messina's proposed use of hashtags was negative "these things are for nerds" a series of events, including the devastating fire in San Diego County later that year, saw the first widespread use of #sandiegofire to allow users to easily track updates about the fire. The use of hashtags itself then eventually spread like wild-fire on Twitter, and by the end of the decade could be seen in most emerging as well as established social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube. So much so that Instagram had to officially place a "30 hashtags" limit on its posts to prevent people from abusing the use of hashtags. A limit which Instagrammers eventually circumvented by posting hashtags in the comments section of their posts. As of 2018 more than 85% of the top 50 websites by traffic on the Internet use hashtags and their use is highly common with millennials, Gen Z, politicians, influencers, and celebrities worldwide.

Messina subsequently went on to become the Developer Experience Lead at Uber from 2016 to 2017. And as of 2018 ranks as the No. 1 hunter on He is a technology evangelist who is an advocate for open source, open standards, microformats, and OAuth. Messina is also known for his involvement in helping to create the BarCamp, Spread Firefox, and coworking movements.

David Atwood

David Atwood (December 15, 1815 – December 11, 1889) was a nineteenth-century politician, publisher, editor and printer from Wisconsin.

Born in Bedford, New Hampshire, Atwood attended the public schools as a child. He moved to Hamilton, New York in 1832 where he was apprenticed as a printer and later became publisher of the Hamilton Palladium. He moved to Freeport, Illinois in 1845 and engaged in agricultural pursuits before moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 1847 and for forty-two years was editor and publisher of the Wisconsin Journal. Atwood was commissioned a major general in the Wisconsin Militia by Governor Alexander W. Randall in 1858, was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1861, was a United States assessor for four years and served as mayor of Madison, Wisconsin in 1868 and 1869. In 1870, he was elected a Republican to the United States House of Representatives to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Benjamin F. Hopkins. He took over representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district in the 41st Congress serving until 1871 and declining to be a candidate for renomination in 1870 to the 42nd Congress. Afterwards, Atwood resumed activities in the newspaper business, was a commissioner at the Centennial Exposition representing the State of Wisconsin from 1872 to 1876 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872 and 1876. He died in Madison, Wisconsin on December 11, 1889 and was interned in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

Dean Kamen

Dean L. Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway, as well as founding FIRST with Woodie Flowers.

Born to a Jewish family in Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after five years of private advanced research for the insulin pump AutoSyringe. He is the son of Jack Kamen, an illustrator for Mad, Weird Science and other EC Comics publications.

Grant Lavigne

Grant Douglas Lavigne (born August 27, 1999) is an American professional baseball first baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Joseph Emerson Worcester

Joseph Emerson Worcester (August 24, 1784 – October 27, 1865) was an American lexicographer who was the chief competitor to Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary in the mid-nineteenth-century. Their rivalry became known as the "dictionary wars". Worcester's dictionaries focused on traditional pronunciation and spelling, unlike Noah Webster's attempts to Americanize words. Worcester was respected by American writers and his dictionary maintained a strong hold on the American marketplace until a later, posthumous version of Webster's book appeared in 1864. After Worcester's death in 1865, their war ended.

Josh Meyers (actor)

Joshua Dylan Meyers ( MY-ərz; born January 8, 1976) is an American actor and comedian, known for being a cast member of the sketch comedy series Mad TV and playing Randy Pearson in the eighth and final season of That '70s Show. He is the younger brother of former SNL cast member and Late Night host Seth Meyers.

Peter Woodbury

Peter Woodbury (October 24, 1899 – November 17, 1970) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Rand Pecknold

Rand Pecknold (born February 4, 1967) is an American ice hockey coach. He is currently the head coach of the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team. He took over the program at Quinnipiac in 1994 and led the transition from Division 2 to Division 1. Since moving to Division 1 in the 1998–1999 season he has led the Bobcats to 17 consecutive winning seasons the longest stretch after Michigan's streak of 25 years was broken in the 2012–13 season. In the 19th season behind the bench he led the Bobcats to the 2013 Frozen Four where they lost the National Championship to archrival Yale. In the 2014–2015 season Coach Rand Pecknold reached 400 career wins, making him the 33rd D1 Head Coach to reach such a feat. Rand Pecknold once again led the Bobcats to the Frozen Four in 2015-16 where they fell in the National Championship to North Dakota 5-1.

Sebbins Pond

Sebbins Pond is an approximately 20-acre (81,000 m2) body of water in Bedford, New Hampshire. It is located in the eastern part of the town, between Back River Road and the Everett Turnpike. It is named for a man with the last name of Sebbins, who in 1735 set up shop at a site near the pond to make shingles, which he then dragged down to the nearby Merrimack River to ship - two years before the first permanent settlement in Bedford in 1737.

Sebbins Pond is the largest body of water totally within the town boundaries. It is bounded on the southwest side by Camp Kettleford, which is owned and operated by the Swift Water Council of the Girl Scouts of the USA, which uses the pond for canoeing and swimming. The rest of Sebbins Pond is bounded by approximately 20 private homes, many of which are former summer cabins or houses that have been winterized and expanded. There is no public access to the pond.

The pond is fed by several springs and by a small stream draining from nearby Silver Springs Pond ("Muddy Pond" on some maps). Its outlet is Sebbins Brook, which leads southeast, combines with the outfall from Sandy Pond, and continues to the Merrimack River.

Like all water bodies greater than 10 acres (4.0 ha) in New Hampshire, Sebbins is a great pond, public property held in trust by the state.

Sophia Institute Press

Sophia Institute Press is a non-profit publishing company based in Bedford, New Hampshire, United States.

It publishes Catholic books, the opinion journal Crisis Magazine, the website, and catechetical materials for teachers.

Since 2012, the president of the organization has been Charlie McKinney.

Sue Mullen

Sue Mullen is an American politician, who was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 2018 elections. She represents the Hillsborough 7th District as a member of the Democratic Party.

Susan Silverman

Susan Silverman is a Reform rabbi and the sister of comedians Laura Silverman and Sarah Silverman. In 1997, she and her husband, Yosef Abramowitz, co-authored the book Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today’s Parents and Children. She worked as a congregational rabbi in Maryland and as a Jewish educator in Boston and moved to Israel in 2006.

Thomas Chandler (New Hampshire politician)

Thomas Chandler (August 10, 1772 – January 2, 1866), was an American politician, farmer, and innkeeper who served as United States Representative for New Hampshire.


WBNH-LP is an alternative rock formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Bedford, New Hampshire, serving Manchester, and its immediate southern and western suburbs in New Hampshire. WBNH-LP is owned and operated by Town of Bedford, New Hampshire.


WMLL (96.5 FM; "96.5 The Mill") is an American radio station licensed to Bedford, New Hampshire, with studios located on Commercial Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. WMLL is owned by Saga Communications, via subsidiary Saga Communications of New England LLC.

Zachariah Chandler

Zachariah T. Chandler (December 10, 1813 – November 1, 1879) was an American businessman, politician, one of the founders of the Republican Party, whose radical wing he dominated as a lifelong abolitionist. He was mayor of Detroit, a four-term senator from the state of Michigan, and Secretary of the Interior under President Ulysses S. Grant.

As a successful young businessman in Detroit, Chandler supported the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, he advocated for the Union war effort, the abolition of slavery, and civil rights for freed African Americans. As Secretary of the Interior, Chandler eradicated serious corruption in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, fully endorsing President Grant's Peace Policy initiative to civilize American Indian tribes. In 1879, he was re-elected U.S. Senator and was a potential Presidential candidate, but he died the following morning after giving a speech in Chicago.

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