Keene also hosts a branch of the New Hampshire Community Technical Colleges and a satellite campus of Franklin Pierce College.
At the secondary level, Keene serves as the educational nexus of the area, due in large part to its status as the primate city of Cheshire County.
During King George's War, the village was attacked and burned by Indians.
When New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts in 1741, the border between the two shifted south, and Upper Ashuelot became part of New Hampshire.
The city nevertheless retains a considerable inventory of fine Victorian architecture from its flush mill town era. The highest point in Keene is the summit of Grays Hill in the city's northwest corner, at 1,388 feet (423 m) above sea level. During the summer, Keene can get hit by thunderstorms from the west, but the Green Mountains to the west often break up some of the storms, so that Keene doesn't usually experience a thunderstorm at full strength.
An example is the Keene Public Library, which occupies a Second Empire mansion built about 1869 by manufacturer Henry Colony. Keene is entirely within the Connecticut River watershed, with all of the city except for the northwest corner draining to the Connecticut via the Ashuelot River. The last time a tornado hit Cheshire County was in 1997. The most recent such winter was 2002-2003, when Keene received 112.5" of snow.
Colonists fled to safety, but would return to rebuild in the early 1750s.New England manufacturing declined in the 20th century, however, particularly during the Great Depression.Keene is today a center for insurance, education and tourism. The average high temperature in July is 82, and the record high for Keene is 102. S., periods of high humidity can raise heat indices to near 110.During January 2004, Keene saw highs below freezing 25 of the days including five days in the single digits and one day with a high of zero.Overnight lows dropped below zero 12 times, including 7 nights below -10. In addition to the cold temperatures, Keene can receive biting winds that drive the wind chill down below -30.There were 9,295 housing units at an average density of 249.2/sq mi (96.2/km²).The racial makeup of the city was 97.66% White, 0.39% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races.In the city the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 18.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household in the city was ,033, and the median income for a family was ,935.Males had a median income of ,720 versus ,488 for females. About 5.2% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over. These include: Keene is often considered a minor college town as it is the site of Keene State College, whose 6,400 students make up over 1/4 of the city's population, and Antioch University New England.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.