About Manchester NH

Manchester New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Manchester Economic Development Office
Jay Minkarah, Economic Development 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 Metro-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 21,548 over 51 years, from 88,282 in 1960 to 109,830 in 2011. The largest decennial percent change was just nine percent, between 1980 and 1990. The 2011 Census estimate for Manchester was 109,830 residents, which ranked first among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2010 (US Census Bureau): 3,310.1 persons per square mile of land area, the states 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, 2013 $130,568,988
Budget: School Appropriations, 2012 $152,217,000
Zoning Ordinance 1927/12
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 Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester Local 279
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Local 233

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
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:
BusinessYes
ResidentialYes

(NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration)PROPERTY TAXES
2011 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.96
2011 Equalization Ratio 100.0
2011 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.30
2011 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings62.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings35.2%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other2.1%

(ACS 2007-2011)HOUSING
Total Housing Units 49,250
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 21,446
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 13,325
Five or More Units in Structure 14,304
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 175
(US Census Bureau)DEMOGRAPHICS
Total Population Community County
2011 109,830 401,696
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) 2007-2011
Population by Gender
Male:   54,565 Female:   55,171
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 7,458
Age 5 to 19 19,678
Age 20 to 34 25,985
Age 35 to 54 31,483
Age 55 to 64 12,000
Age 65 and over 13,132
Median Age 36.1 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 86.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher 25.8%

(ACS 2007-2011)INCOME, 2011 INFLATION ADJUSTED $
Per capita income $27,467
Median family income $65,137
Median household income $53,278
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $47,124
Female $37,540
Families below the poverty level 10.2%

(NHES - ELMI)LABOR FORCE
Annual Average 2001 2011
Civilian Labor Force 59,832 62,181
Employed 57,723 58,548
Unemployed 2,109 3,633
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 5.8%

(NHES - ELMI)EMPLOYMENT & WAGES
Annual Average Covered Employment 2001 2011
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 10,774 7,869
Average Weekly Wage $808 $1,080
     
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 47,741 49,908
Average Weekly Wage $687 $931
     
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 58,515 57,777
Average Weekly Wage $709 $951
     
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 7,563 7,090
Average Weekly Wage $741 $1,083
     
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 66,078 64,868
Average Weekly Wage $713 $965
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards

(NH Dept. of Education)EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES
Schools students attend: Manchester operates grades K-12 SAU 37
Career Technology Center(s): Manchester School of Technology Region: 15
Educational Facilities Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 15 4 3 14
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 P K 1-12
Total Enrollment 6,918 3,266 5,543 2,220
2012 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 56 Total Capacity: 4,397
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Hesser; 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
PSNH 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

(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 Regional
Runway 9,250 ft. asphalt
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? Yes
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance Local
Number of Passsenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
 
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 0 miles
Portland, ME 95 miles
Boston, MA 53 miles
New York City, NY 253 miles
Montreal, Quebec 259 miles

(ACS 2007-2011)COMMUTING TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 82.5%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.0%
Public transportation 0.9%
Walked 2.5%
Other Means 1.3%
Worked at home 2.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 22.8 minutes
 
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2007-2011)
Working in community of residence 67.2%
Commuting to another NH community 24.7%
Commuting out-of-state 8.1%
RECREATION, ATTRACTIONS, AND EVENTS
X Municipal Parks
X YMCA/YWCA
X Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
X Swimming: Indoor Facility
X Swimming: Outdoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Indoor Faclity
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
Campgrounds
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, 2013.
Community Response Received 08/14/12

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