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Manchester, NH

manchester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Manchester Economic Development Office
Melanie Sanuth, 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 Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

County Hillsborough
Labor Market Area Manchester, NH Metropolitan NECTA
Tourism Region Merrimack Valley
Planning Commission Southern NH
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District 4 (All Wards)
State Senate District 16 (Wards 1, 2, & 12), 18 (Wards 5-9), and 20 (Wards 3, 4, 10, & 11)
State Representative Hillsborough County Districts 8, 42 (Ward 1) 9, 42 (Ward 2) 10, 42 (Ward 3) 11, 43 (Ward 4) 12, 43 (Ward 5) 13, 43 (Ward 6) 14, 43 (Ward 7) 15, 44 (Ward 8) 16, 44 (Ward 9) 17, 45 (Ward 10) 18, 45 (Ward 11) 19, 45 (Ward 12)

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: The state's largest city, population change for Manchester was the fifth largest, totaling 22,224 over 56 years, from 88,282 in 1960 to 110,506 in 2016. The largest decennial percent change was just nine percent, between 1980 and 1990. The 2016 Census estimate for Manchester was 110,506 residents, which ranked first among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2016 (US Census Bureau): 3,343.6 persons per square mile of land area, the state’s highest population density. Manchester contains 33.1 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, 2016-2017 $146,836,110
Budget: School Appropriations, 2016-2017 $170,696,307
Zoning Ordinance 1927/17
Master Plan 2010
Capitol 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 266
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Local 259

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 PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramYard waste-Mandatory; Recyclables-Voluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2016 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $23.14
2016 Equalization Ratio 95.1
2016 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.60
2016 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings61.1%
Commercial Land and Buildings35.7%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.2%

(ACS 2012-2016) Housing
Total Housing Units 48,954
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 20,956
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 12,602
Five or More Units in Structure 15,260
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 136
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2016 110,506 407,761
2010 109,565 400,721
2000 107,219 382,384
1990 99,426 336,549
1980 90,936 276,608
1970 87,754 223,941
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2012-2016
Population by Gender
Male:   55,455 Female:   54,776
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 6,181
Age 5 to 19 18,271
Age 20 to 34 27,924
Age 35 to 54 29,467
Age 55 to 64 13,836
Age 65 and over 14,552
Median Age 36.6 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 87.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 28.0%

(ACS 2012-2016) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $28,721
Median family income $67,369
Median household income $54,899
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $46,627
Female $38,845
Individuals below the poverty level 14.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2006 2016
Civilian Labor Force 61,083 62,411
Employed 58,710 60,533
Unemployed 2,373 1,878
Unemployment Rate 3.9% 3.0%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2006 2016
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $9,362 $7,317
Average Weekly Wage $948 $1,219
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $50,080 $55,861
Average Weekly Wage $822 $1,029
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $59,442 $63,178
Average Weekly Wage $842 $1,051
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $7,514 $6,786
Average Weekly Wage $915 $1,214
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $66,956 $69,964
Average Weekly Wage $850 $1,067

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Manchester operates grades K-12 SAU 37
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology; Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE; Salem HS Career & Technical Ed Ctr Region: 15; 17
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 16 6 6 13
Grade Levels P K 1-6 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 7,025 3,210 4,299 1,944
2017 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 56 Total Capacity: 4,454
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Elliott Hospital Health care services 3,375
Catholic Medical Center Health care services 2,100
Southern NH University Education 1,000
Eversource Energy Utility 1,500
Fairpoint Communications Utility 1,300
TD Bank Banking services 1,100
Citizens Bank Banking services 1,000
Comcast Utility 1,025
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield Health insuance services 650
Saint Anselm College Education 663

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
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 RegionalRunway9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance Local
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 0 miles
Portland, ME 95 miles
Boston, MA 55 miles
New York City, NY 251 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

(ACS 2012-2016) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 79.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 11.7%
Public transportation 1.2%
Walked 3.3%
Other Means 1.1%
Worked at home 3.7%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2012-2016)
Working in community of residence 48.1%
Commuting to another NH community 44.0%
Commuting out-of-state 7.9%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
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 Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
X Youth Sports: Hockey
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Currier Museum of Art; Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center; Verizon Wireless Arena; Palace Theatre; NH Fishercats Baseball; Manchester Monarchs Hockey; SEE Science Center; Millyard Museum; Franco-American Center

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security,April 2018. Community Response Received 06/13/17

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