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Manchester, NH

manchester New Hampshire Community Profile 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, City Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday to Friday, 8-5

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 District 1 (All Wards)
Executive Council District District 4
State Senate District 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. After Mr. Blodgett died, the town was renamed Manchester in 1810.
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 2022 Census estimate for Manchester was 115,141 residents, which ranked first among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau):

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
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 292
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Local 262

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 ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $18.24
2022 Equalization Ratio 81.3
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $14.66
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings63.6%
Commercial Land and Buildings33.5%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 51,121
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 20,845
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 13,643
Five or More Units in Structure 16,289
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 344
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 115,141 426,594
2020 115,644 422,937
2010 109,565 400,721
2000 107,219 382,384
1990 99,426 336,549
1980 90,936 276,608
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   57,717 Female:   57,013
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 6,300
Age 5 to 19 17,631
Age 20 to 34 29,932
Age 35 to 54 29,603
Age 55 to 64 15,381
Age 65 and over 15,883
Median Age 36.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 82,193
High school graduate or higher 88.6%
Bachelor's degree or higher 31.9%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $36,440
Median family income $80,816
Median household income $66,929
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $54,764
Female $44,933
Individuals below the poverty level 12.5%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 61,261 64,462
Employed 57,463 62,770
Unemployed 3,798 1,692
Unemployment Rate 6.2% 2.6%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods 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 Industry
Average Employment 57,406 62,196
Average Weekly Wage $961 $1,395
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 7,043 6,567
Average Weekly Wage $1,102 $1,472
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 64,449 68,764
Average Weekly Wage $976 $1,402

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
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 15 6 7 11
Grade Levels P K 1-6 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 5,660 3,368 3,942 2,075
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 42 Total Capacity: 4,031
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester; MCPHS

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Elliott Hospital Health care services 4,000
Southern NH University Education 3,256
Catholic Medical Center 2900 Health care services
Eversource Energy Utility 1,138
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

(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 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 63,937
Drove alone, car/truck/van 77.8%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 8.9%
Public transportation 0.5%
Walked 2.6%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 8.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 23.9 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 45.5%
Commuting to another NH community 45.9%
Commuting out-of-state 8.6%
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 Tourist 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; SNHU Arena; Palace Theatre; NH Fishercats Baseball; SEE Science Center; Millyard Museum; Franco-American Center; Rex Theatre

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/1/23

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