🇺🇸 Keene is a city in, and the seat of, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. Keene is home to Keene State College and Antioch University New England. It hosted the state's annual pumpkin festival from 1991 to 2014, several times setting a world record for most jack-o'-lanterns on display.
The grocery wholesaler C&S Wholesale Grocers is based in Keene.
State highways converge on Keene from nine directions. New Hampshire Route 9 leads north-east to Concord, the state capital, and west to Brattleboro, Vermont. Route 10 leads north to Newport and south-west to Northfield, Massachusetts. Route 12 leads north-west to Walpole and Charlestown and south-east to Winchendon, Massachusetts. Route 101 leads east to Peterborough and Manchester, Route 32 leads south to Swanzey, then to Athol, Massachusetts, and Route 12A leads north to Surry and Alstead. A limited-access bypass used variously by Routes 9, 10, 12, and 101 passes around the north, west, and south sides of downtown.
Keene is served by Dillant–Hopkins Airport, located just south of the city in Swanzey.
Education Keene is often considered a minor college town, as it is the site of Keene State College, whose 5,400 students make up over one-quarter of the city's population, and Antioch University New England.
Keene has a population of over 23,047 people. Keene also forms the centre of the wider Cheshire County which has a population of over 76,458 people. Keene is situated 87 km south-west of Concord.