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Overview

Introduction to Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is New Hampshire's largest city and also one of the largest in New England. Located in south-central New Hampshire along the banks of the Merrimack River, Manchester lies in Hillsborough County, about 58 miles north of Boston. The city is served by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and is surrounded by several major thoroughfares. These include Interstates I-93 and I-293: U.S. Route 3; and New Hampshire State Highways 28, 101, and 114. Manchester is often referred to as the "Queen City" because it is the New Hampshire's largest city yet not its state capital.

First settled in 1722, Manchester began as a farming community known as Derryfield until being renamed Manchester in 1810. Its new name was based on Samuel Blodgett's efforts to facilitate a trade route from Boston to Concord by opening a canal and lock system to allow vessels passage around the Amoskeag Falls. Blodgett's vision was to create a great industrial center similar to Manchester England, the first industrialized city in the world. The most significant step in the industrial development of Manchester New Hampshire occurred in 1838 with the opening of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, which later became the world's largest textile manufacturing complex and spawned a huge textile industry in the city. A century of unparalleled productivity ensued, with Manchester serving as a prime focal point of America's industrial and technological revolution. But twentieth-century depression-era woes took their toll on the industry and when the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company finally closed down in 1936, Manchester’s economy was badly affected. For several years the city suffered a loss of jobs and population, but eventually rebounded and by the late twentieth century became one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Existing mills were renovated and used for a wide variety of large and small businesses.

Attractions in Manchester

Manchester is home to a majority of New Hampshire’s major cultural institutions and landmarks. The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the nation's finest small galleries. The Palace Theatre is home to the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and the Opera League of New Hampshire. The Millyard Museum chronicles the long history in the city beginning with the Native Americans who first settled it. The Zimmerman House, open to the public, is the only residence in New England designed by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The New Hampshire Institute of Art features six galleries of changing exhibits. A prime site for outdoor recreation is the McIntyre Ski Area, which offers 53 acres of skiing, snow tubing, and lights for night skiing. Other places of interest in the city include the Majestic Theatre, the SEE Science Center, the Massabesic Audubon Center, the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center; and the centerpiece of downtown Manchester, the Verizon Wireless Arena, a multi-purpose civic center which hosts a variety of events, including sports, concerts, and fairs.

Manchester is home to a number of professional sports teams. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a minor league baseball team playing in the Class Double-A Eastern League. The Fisher Cats are the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Hockey fans can root for the Manchester Monarchs, an American Hockey League (AHL) team affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings. The Monarchs play their home games at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Another Verizon resident is the Manchester Wolves Arena Football team. The Wolves play in the af2 league, which is the minor league of the Arena Football League (AFL). Manchester is also home to the New Hampshire Phantoms, a professional soccer team belonging to the United Soccer League's (USL) Second Division.

Demographics

People

Total Population110,231
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+57,500
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married40.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28%
Median Earnings25+$36,989
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,337
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,856

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,369
% Above Poverty Level85.4%
% Below Poverty Level14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,029
Median House Value$207,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.1%
Irish19.4%
French Except Basque17.2%
Canadian10.9%
Italian8.8%
English8.5%
German6.7%
Polish4.3%
Greek3.3%
Scottish2.5%
African2%
Portuguese1.5%
Arab1.3%
Swedish1%
West Indian1%
Haitian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Sudanese0.5%
Russian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Zimbabwean0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Somali0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Iraqi0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Danishn0.2%
US/American0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Manchester Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City48 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hillsborough County, Merrimack County
Standard Zip Codes3101, 3102, 3103, 3104, 3109, 3106
P.O. Box Zip Codes3105, 3108
Company Zip Codes3107, 3111
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.995
Longitude-71.455

Manchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMASSABESIC LAKE
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp5 to 32 F
Apr Temp29 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 82 F
Oct Temp32 to 61 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationWEARE
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp10 to 31 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip47.2 inches
StationEPPING
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 61 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburn5,222$111,121
Bedford21,879$142,656
Derry33,255$82,302
Goffstown17,888$87,098
Hooksett13,954$98,009
Merrimack25,580$103,998

Manchester Public Libraries

Manchester City Library
405 PINE STREET
Manchester, New Hampshire
(603) 624-6550

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Manchester Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Manchester
(Government - Federal)
718 Smyth Rd
Catholic Medical Center
(Non-profit)
100 Mcgregor Street
(603) 668-3545
Elliot Hospital City Of Manchester
(Non-profit)
One Elliot Way
(603) 669-5300
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Manchester Public Schools

Middle School At Parkside
75 Parkside Ave
(603) 624-6356
Middle
Total Enrollment 740
Bartlett Elementary School
689 Mast Rd
(603) 623-8088
Primary
Total Enrollment 191
Parker-varney School
223 James Pollack Dr
(603) 624-6338
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
Manchester West High School
9 Notre Dame Ave
(603) 624-6384
High
Total Enrollment 1296
Wilson School
401 Wilson St
(603) 624-6350
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Mcdonough School
550 Lowell St
(603) 624-6373
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Northwest Elementary School
300 Youville St
(603) 624-6321
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Henry J. Mclaughlin Middle School
290 South Mammoth Rd
(603) 628-6247
Middle
Total Enrollment 836
Bakersville School
20 Elm St
(603) 624-6312
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Beech Street School
333 Beech St
(603) 624-6314
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Manchester Central High School
207 Lowell St
(603) 624-6363
High
Total Enrollment 2235
Gossler Park School
99 Sullivan St
(603) 624-6327
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Green Acres School
100 Aurore Ave
(603) 624-6330
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Hallsville School
275 Jewett St
(603) 624-6332
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
Highland-goffes Falls School
2021 Goffs Falls Rd
(603) 624-6334
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Hillside Middle School
112 Reservoir Ave
(603) 624-6352
Middle
Total Enrollment 870
Jewett School
130 South Jewett St
(603) 624-6336
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Manchester Memorial High School
1 Crusader Way
(603) 624-6378
High
Total Enrollment 2012
Smyth Road School
245 Bruce Rd
(603) 624-6340
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
Southside Middle School
140 South Jewett St
(603) 624-6359
Middle
Total Enrollment 820
Webster School
2519 Elm St
(603) 624-6344
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Weston School
1066 Hanover St
(603) 624-6347
Primary
Total Enrollment 604
Making Community Connections Charter School (m)
C/o Boys And Girls Club Of Man
(603) 625-5301
Middle
Total Enrollment 17
Manchester School Of Technology (high School)
530 South Porter St
(603) 624-6490
Other
Total Enrollment 85
Mill Falls Charter School
36 Salmon St

Manchester Private Schools

Mt St Mary Academy
2291 Elm St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
St Marie Child Care Center
133 Wayne St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Little Frogs & Polliwogs
3011 Brown Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
The Derryfield School
2108 River Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 368
St Augustin Preschool
251 Merrimack St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Anthony School
148 Belmont St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 165
St Casimir School
456 Union St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
St Catherine Of Siena School
206 North St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 311
St Joseph Regional Jr High School
148 Belmont St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Wee Play School
200 Bedford St Ste 102
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Trinity High School
581 Bridge St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 417
St Benedict Academy
85 Third St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 127
Robert B Jolicoer School
1 Mammoth Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 59
Noah's Ark Child Care Center
491 East Industrial Park Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
Holy Family Academy
49 Ashland St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 69
Mount Zion Christian Schools
132 Titus Ave
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Child Guidance Early Learning Center
75 Talbot St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Apple Blossoms Child Center
1 Sundial Ave Ste 117
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Eager Beaver Child Care & Learning Center
722 Mast Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Greater Manchester Ymca Child Development Center
30 Mechanic St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Holycross Early Childhood Center
420 Island Pond Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Kiddie Corner Learning Center
130 Silver St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
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Historic Manchester

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Masonic home between 1900 and 1910

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Masonic home between 1900 and 1910

County court house between 1900 and 1910

Stark House c1908.

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