Introduction to North Manchester, Indiana

North Manchester, Indiana, in Wabash county, is 34 miles W of Fort Wayne, Indiana and 87 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana. There are an estimated 6,260 people in the town.

North Manchester History

North Manchester was established in 1837. It was founded by Peter Ogan and named after Manchester, England. It is located on the Eel River in Wabash County, which was created in 1835 and named after the Wabash River. Wabash is the Miami Indian name for pure white. It was named because much of the riverbed is formed of limestone. The city was the center of automobile manufacturing for the DeWitt Motor Company during the early 1900s.

North Manchester and nearby Attractions

  • North Manchester Center for History
  • Black Pine Animal Park
  • Dan Quayle Center & Museum
  • Indian Trails Park
  • Doranew Holland State Recreation Area

Things To Do In North Manchester

North Manchester is home to a number of parks and recreational areas, including Salamonie Lake, Lake Clare, Lakeside Park and the Indian Trails Park. The Tokens 'n' Tickets Amusement Park is a popular recreational spot for children. The Wabash County Historical Museum and the North Manchester Center for History are the local museums.

North Manchester Transportation

Fort Wayne International is the nearest major airport.

North Manchester Higher Education

Manchester College is the local college. Other nearby universities include Indiana Wesleyan University, the University of Notre Dame and Anderson University.


Total Population 6,303
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,539
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,610
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,336
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,056


Median Family Income $52,835
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $668
Median House Value $94,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.9%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 10.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

North Manchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles W of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles N of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Wabash
Standard Zip Codes 46962
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.
Longitude -85.768

North Manchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WABASH
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Andrews 1,090 $48,333
Claypool 361 $40,577
Lagro 548 $31,458
Roann 492 $43,438
Silver Lake 1,002 $41,346
South Whitley 1,903 $53,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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