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Community Contact Manchester Economic Development Office
Jodie Nazaka, Director
One City Hall Plaza, Suite 110
  Manchester, NH 03101-2099
 
Telephone (603) 624-6505
Fax (603) 624-6308
E-mail econdev@manchesternh.gov
Web Site www.ManchesterNH.gov
 
Municipal Office Hours City Hall, Mayor's Office, City Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-5
 
County Hillsborough County
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley Region
Planning Commission Southern NH Planning Commission
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council
 
Election Districts
US Congress District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 4
State Senate District 16 (Ward 1) 18 (Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) 20 (Wards 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12)
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 15 (Ward 8), 16 (Ward 6), 17 (Ward 2), 18 (Ward 12), 19 (Ward 10), 20 (Ward 9), 21 (Ward 1), 22 (Ward 11), 23 (Ward 3), 24 (Ward 4), 25 (Ward 5), 26 (Ward 7), 39 (Wards 6, 8, 9), 40 (Wards 1, 3, 10, 11, 12), 41 (Wards 2, 4, 5, 7)
Incorporated: 1751
 
Origin: This territory, first known as Harrytown, was granted in 1735 as Tyng's Town to Captain William Tyng's ""snow-shoe men"" who had fought in the French and Indian War during the winter of 1703. In 1751, it was incorporated as Derryfield, and included part of Chester and Londonderry. The name Manchester was suggested by Samuel Blodgett, a businessman who found that the Amoskeag Falls impeded shipping on the Merrimack River. He had visited Manchester, England, and was determined to build a canal like those in England. The canal was opened in May 1807, and though Mr. Blodgett died later that year, the town was renamed Manchester in 1810. The first cotton spinning mill opened in 1804, and the Amoskeag Cotton and Wool Manufacturing Company opened in 1810. Manchester was incorporated as a city in 1846.
 
Villages and Place Names: Goffs Falls, Massabesic, Youngsville, Bakersville, Amoskeag
 
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 362 residents in 1790
 
Population Trends: Population change for Manchester, including resident students, totaled 27,801 over 50 years, from 87,754 in 1970 to 115,555 in 2020, the second-largest 50-year increase among the cities and towns. The largest decennial percent change was nine percent increase from 1980 to 1990. The city's population increased by five percent from 2010 to 2020. The 2023 Census estimate for Manchester was 115,474 residents, which ranked first among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
 
Population Density and Land Area: 2023 (US Census Bureau): 3,499.2 persons per square mile of land area. Manchester contains 33 square miles of land area and 1.9 square miles of inland water area.
 
 
 


Municipal Services
Type of Government Mayor & 14 Aldermen
Budget:Municipal Appropriations,2023 $169,867,998
Budget:School Appropriations,2022-2023 $187,097,818
Zoning Ordinance 1927/17
Master Plan 2021
Capital Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planning Board
 
Boards and Commissions
    Elected: Mayor; Aldermen; School
    Appointed: Planning; Conservation; Zoning; Library; 25 others
 
Public Library Manchester City; West Side Community



Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Emergency Medical Service Full-time
 
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester Local   292
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Local   262


 
Utilities
Electric Supplier Eversource Energy
Natural Gas Supplier Liberty Utilities
Water Supplier Manchester Water Works
 
Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
    Curbside Trash Pickup Municipal
    Pay-As-You-Throw Program No
    Recycling Program Voluntary
 
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Business Yes
High Speed Internet Service: Resident Yes
 


Property Taxes (NH Dept. of Revenue Administration)
2022 Total Tax Rate $18.24
2022 Equalization Ratio 81.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.66
 
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Valuation by Property Type
    Residential Land and Buildings 63.6%
    Commercial Land and Buildings 33.5%
    Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other 2.9%

 
Housing (ACS 2018-2022)
Total Housing Units 51,256
 
Single-Family Units,Detached or Attached 21,069
 
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:
    Two to Four Units in Structure 13,277
    Five or More Units in Structure 16,607
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 303




Population(1-Year Estimates/Decennial) (US Census Bureau)
Total Population Community County
   2023 115,474   427,354
   2020 115,555   422,937
   2010 109,620   400,721
   2000 107,312   380,841
   1990 99,426   335,838
   1980 90,936   276,608

 
Demographics American Community Survey (ACS 2018-2022)
Population by Gender
Male   57,472 Female   57,565
Population by Age Group
      Under Age 5 6,145
      Age 5 to 19 17,395
      Age 20 to 34 30,436
      Age 35 to 54 28,887
      Age 55 to 64 15,606
      Age 65 and over 16,568
            Median Age 37 years


Educational Attainment, population age 25 or older 82,294
      High school graduation or higher 88.3%
      Bachelor's degree or higher 32.3%
 
Income, Inflation Adjusted $   (ACS 2018-2022)
Per Capita Income $41,067
Median Family Income $90,282
Median Household Income $74,040
 
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
      Male $59,297
      Female $49,125
 
Individuals below poverty level 11.6%
 
Labor Force   (NHES - ELMI)

Annual Average 2013 2023
    Civilian Labor Force 61,547   63,958
    Employed 58,029   62,490
    Unemploymed 3,518   1,468
    Unemployment rate 5.7%   2.3%

 
Employment & Wages   (NHES-ELMI)
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Good-Producing Industries  
    Average Employment  7,437  7,656
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,095  $1,620
 
Service-Providing Industries  
    Average Employment  49,969  54,541
    Average Weekly Wage  $941  $1,363
 
Total Private  
    Average Employment  57,406  62,196
    Average Weekly Wage  $961  $1,395
 
Government(Federal, State, Local)  
    Average Employment  7,043  6,567
    Average Weekly Wage  $1,102  $0
 
Total, Private Industry plus Government  
    Average Employment  64,449  68,764
    Average Weekly Wage  $976  $1,402
 
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Education and Child Care
Schools Students Attend: Manchester operates grades K-12 District: SAU 37
Career Technology Center: Manchester School of Technology; Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE; Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr
 
Educational Facilities(includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 15 6 7 12
Grade Levels P K 1-6 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 5,675 3,303 3,801 2,111
       
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest College or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; MCPHS

2023 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (DHHS-Bureau of Child Care Licensing)   Total Facilities:     42   Capacity:     4,262

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Elliott Hospital Health care services 4000
Southern NH University Education 3256
Catholic Medical Center Health care services 2900
Eversource Energy Utility 1138
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Health care services 850
Comcast Utility 800
Citizens Bank Banking services 630
Summit Packaging Manufacturing 600
Velcro USA, Inc. Manufacturing 650
Burndy, LLC Manufacturing 612
 
Employer Information Supplied by Municipality
 
Transportation (distance estimated from city/town hall)
Road Access US Routes: 3
State Routes: 3A, 28, 28A 101, 114, 114A
Nearest Interstate/Exit: I-93, Exits 6 - 8; I-293, Exits 1 - 7
Distance: Local access
 
Railroad Guilford Rail Service
Public Transportation MTA
 
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
    Manchester-Boston Regional Runway  9,250 ft. asphalt
    Lighted?  Yes Navigation Aids?  Yes
 
Nearest Airport With Scheduled Service
    Manchester-Boston Regional Distance   Local
    Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to select cities:
    Manchester, New Hampshire 0 miles
    Portland, Maine 95 miles
    Boston, Massachusetts 55 miles
    New York City, New York 251 miles
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada 259 miles
 
Commuting To Work (ACS 2018-2022)
Workers 16 years of age and over
  Drove alone, car/truck/van: 76.0%
  Carpooled, car/truck/van: 9.0%
  Used Public Transportation: 0.5%
  Walked: 2.7%
  Traveled by other means: 1.4%
  Worked at home: 10.5%
Mean Travel Time to Work: 24.2 minutes
 
Work in community of residence: 68.6%
Commute to other NH community: 22.7%
Commute out-of-state: 8.7%
Recreation, Attractions, Events
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: INDOOR FACILITY
X Swimming: OUTDOOR FACILITY
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
X Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
X Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Cinemas
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (ie Scouts and 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreation Areas
Overnight or Day Camps

Nearest Ski Areas: McIntyre
 
Other: Currier Museum of Art; SNHU Arena; Palace Theatre; NH Fishercats Baseball; SEE Science Center; Millyard Museum; Franco-American Center; Rex Theatre