Quick Facts

  • Local Taxes: Manchester's local property tax rate is $17.85 per thousand of assessed value (Town Tax: $9.27, Local Education Tax: $5.34, State Education Tax: $2.22, County Tax: $1.02).
  • State Taxes: New Hampshire is the only state in the continental United States which has neither an earned income tax nor a general sales tax. There are likewise no taxes on inventory, industrial machinery, personal property, or intangibles. The costs of doing business in New Hampshire compare favorably with other states.
  • Population: The population of the City of Manchester is 110,000. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the City of Manchester in 2005 was 109,691 and the population of the Manchester PMSA, which includes Manchester and eight surrounding towns of Allenstown, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Goffstown, Hooksett, Londonderry and Weare, was 215,202. Population estimates for 2009, prepared by U.S. Census Bureau, indicate Manchester's population will rise to 112,400 and the PMSA's to 226,489. Detailed demographic statistics from the 2000 U.S. For Census and demographic information, click here.
  • Location: Located in the heart of New England, Manchester offers premier access to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Canada and the West Coast. Click here to learn more about Manchester's location.
  • Government: The City of Manchester is governed by a Mayor and 14 Aldermen who approve the municipal budget, raise and appropriate money, enact and amend ordinances, nominate and elect most city officials and commissions. The Finance Committee of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has general supervision and control over the expenditure of all money appropriated by the city.
  • Bond Rating: Manchester's bond ratings are strong, having been rated AA by Standard and Poors and Fich. The city also received an Aa3 rating by Moody's, which emphasized the city's strong fiscal management.
  • Airport: The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport offers convenient and affordable access in and out of Manchester. Whether you're traveling to the West Coast for a business meeting, catching a connecting flight to Europe or jetting to New York City for the day, Manchester's airport provides you with the access you need. Read more here.
  • Unemployment: According to the NH Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau the current unemployment rate in the Manchester MetroNECTA (Dec 2009) is 6.7%.  Manchester was recently selected by National Geographic Magazine as one of the three best places to live during the recession.  Click here to read the story. 
  • Education: Manchester boasts 11 area colleges and universities as well as numerous vocation programs. A local school system includes 21 schools, along with technology and vocational training. Click here to learn more.
  • Healthcare: In Manchester, healthy living is a focus, as evidenced by the superb healthcare institutions providing cutting-edge service from within the city limits. Click here to learn more about Manchester's healthcare options.  Manchester was recently voted by Men's Health magazine as one of the healthiest places for men to live.  Click here to read the story.
  • Housing: A fresh stock of condominiums, upscale and affordable apartments and lots of family homes round out the housing market. Click here for more information.
  • Utilities: Telephone and telecommunications services in Manchester are provided by FairPoint Communications and residential cable services by Comcast. Numerous Internet communications firms connect Manchester businesses to the World Wide Web. Keyspan, Inc. distributes natural gas and propane to southern New Hampshire. Natural gas service is available in most parts of Manchester. Public Service of New Hampshire, a Northeast Utility company, provides reliable electrical service to Manchester. Manchester's water supply is city-owned and controlled, drawn from a surface watershed with an estimated safe yield of 20 million gallons/day. The City of Manchester has over 300 miles of public sewer and a modern 34-million gallons/day secondary treatment plant.
  • Climate and Environment: The Merrimack River bisects the city. The elevation of the city's lowest point is 110 feet above sea level and the highest point is 570 feet. The surrounding countryside is largely rural and wooded, with numerous large and small bodies of water. Average daily temperatures range from 14.8 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit in July with an annual average of 47 degrees. Rainfall varies from an average of 2.66 inches in February to 3.62 inches in July with an annual monthly average of 3.28 inches. Annual snowfall averages 60.6 inches (60 year mean total). Average year-round humidity is moderate. Manchester's environmental quality is excellent for business and recreational activities throughout the year. The city's water supply is of consistently high quality for both industrial and domestic purposes. There are no significant pollution or smog problems, nor are there any recorded hazardous waste disposal sites in the area.
  • Major Employers: Manchester's 10 largest employers include:
    • Elliot Hospital 2,821
    • Catholic Medical Center 1,700
    • Verizon Communications 1,650
    • Public Service of New Hampshire 1,250
    • Citizens Bank 1,225
    • TD Bank 1,150
    • Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield 753
    • Southern New Hampshire University 700
    • Saint Anselm College 580
    • Bank of America 425