Manchester, Connecticut

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Manchester, Connecticut

Introduction to Manchester, Connecticut

Manchester, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 85 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area with. Manchester has a population of approximately 54,740.

Manchester History

Colonists settled in Manchester in the 1670s. At that time, it was primarily a farming community. The community was named after the English city of Manchester. The presence of numerous brooks and rivers in this region provided the necessary resources for lumber, paper, and textile industriesto flourish. Manchester thusly grew into an industrial town. It was initially incorporated as a part of East Hartford in 1783. It was later incorporated as a separate town in 1823. The world's largest silk mill was established here in 1838.

Manchester and nearby Attractions

  • Old Manchester Museum
  • Cheney Homestead
  • Connecticut Firemen's Historical Society
  • Laurel Lake
  • Northview Ski Slope
  • Charter Oak Park

Things To Do In Manchester

While in Manchester, one can visit one of many historical sites and museums like the Old Manchester Museum, the Lutz Children's Museum, the Connecticut Firemen's Historical Society and the Cheney Homestead.

Manchester Transportation

Hartford-Brainard Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Manchester Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Manchester Community College. Other institutes nearby include Trinity College'and the University of Hartford.

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High Points

Manchester strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

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Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 13% Manchester Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Manchester, Connecticut

Comparing Manchester to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Senior Citizens 7 7
Age of the Population 7 2
Racial Diversity 6 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Male Share of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 1
Average Household Size 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 1
Low Violent Crime 3 1

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Manchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 85 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hartford
Metro Area Hartford
Standard Zip Codes 06040, 06043
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06045
Company Zip Codes 06041
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.775
Longitude -72.521

Manchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station STORRS
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
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Manchester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 54,740 100%
Male 26,116 47.7%
Female 28,624 52.3%
Under 18 12,455 22.8%
18+ 42,285 77.2%
65+ 7,763 14.2%
Median Age 36.5
Average Family Size 2.93
White 45,307 82.8%
African-American 4,610 8.4%
Asian 1,726 3.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 107 0.2%
Other 1,706 3.1%
Mixed Race 1,266 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,579 6.5%

Estimated Manchester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 55,572
Growth 832
Growth % 1.5%

Manchester Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
Irish 15.3%
Italian 13.4%
English 7.9%
French (except Basque) 7%
Polish 6.9%
German 6.8%
French Canadian 4.5%
US/American 4.3%
Swedish 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
European 0.6%
Jamaican 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
African 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
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Manchester Public Libraries

Manchester Public Library
586 MAIN ST.
Manchester, Connecticut
(860) 643-2471
Library Web Site

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Manchester Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(860) 647-4780
Emergency Service: No

Starbucks in Manchester

(As of 2005)
Buckland Hills Mall
194 Buckland Hills Dr
1428A Pleasant Valley Road
185 Spencer St

Wal-mart in Manchester

(As of 2006)
420 Buckland Hills Dr
(860) 644-5100
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Manchester High Schools (2004)

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Serves 2,217 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

A Vocational School
Serves 575 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

A Magnet School.
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

A Special Education School
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

A Non-traditional School

Manchester Colleges

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Manchester Community College

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