Manchester New Hampshire Community Profile

 Manchester new hampshire community profile
Manchester, NH
Community Contact Manchester Economic Development Office
Paul J. Borek, 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 Southeast Economic Development Corp.

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 (Ward 1), 9 (Ward 2), 10 (Ward 3), 11 (Ward 4), 12 (Ward 5), 13 (Ward 6), 14 (Ward 7), 15 (Ward 8) 16 (Ward 9), and 17 (Wards 10, 11, & 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 third largest, totaling 24,487 over 50 years, from 82,732 in 1950 to 107,219 in 2000. The largest decennial percent change was just nine percent, between 1980 and 1990. The 2005 Census estimate for Manchester was 109,691 residents, which ranked first among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.

Population Density, 2005: 3,319.9 persons per square mile of land area, the state's highest population density. Manchester contains 33.0 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, 2006 $116,682,519
Budget: School Appropriations, 2006 $142,203,719
Zoning Ordinance 1927/01
Master Plan 1993
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By City Planning Board

Boards and Commissions
Elected:
Mayor; Aldermen
Appointed:
Planning; Conservation; Library; 25 others

Public Library Manchester City; West Side Community

EMERGENCY SERVICES
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Full-time
Town Fire Insurance Rating 2
Emergency Medical Service Municipal

Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Elliot Hospital, Manchester Local 296
Catholic Medical Center, Manchester Local 330

UTILITIES
Electric Supplier PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier KeySpan
Water Supplier Manchester Water Works

Sanitation Municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash Pickup
Municipal
Pay-As-You-Throw Program
No
Recycling
Yard waste-Mandatory; Recyclables-Voluntary

Telephone Company Verizon
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:  
Business
Yes
Residential
Yes

PROPERTY TAXES (NH Dept. of Revenue Adminstration) 
2005 Total Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $28.36
2005 Equalization Ratio 52.6
2005 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1000 of value) $14.55

2005 Percent of Property Valuation by Type
Residential Land and Buildings
60.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings
37.2%
Other Property including Utilities
2.0%

HOUSING (NH Office of Energy and Planning) 
2005 Total Housing Units 48,232
   
2005 Single-Family Units 17,867
Building Permits Issued
147
2005 Multi-Family Units 30,204
Building Permits Issued
201
2005 Manufactured Housing Units 161
   
DEMOGRAPHICS (US Census Bureau) 
Total Population Community County
2005 109,691 401,291
2000 107,219 382,384
1990 99,426 336,549
1980 90,936 276,608
1970 87,754 223,941

Census 2000 Demographics
Population by Gender
Male
52,394
Female
54,612

Population by Age Group
Under age 5
7,162
Age 5 to 19
20,928
Age 20 to 34
25,525
Age 35 to 54
31,468
Age 55 to 64
8,094
Age 65 and over
13,829
Median Age
34.9 years

Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher
80.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher
22.3%

ANNUAL INCOME, 1999 (US Census Bureau) 
Per capita income $21,244
Median 4-person family income $50,039
Median household income $40,774

Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male
$34,287
Female
$26,584

Families below the poverty level 7.7%

LABOR FORCE (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average 1995 2005
Civilian Labor Force
54,444 62,035
Employed
52,144 59,603
Unemployed
2,300 2,432
Unemployment Rate
4.2% 3.9%

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES (NHES - ELMI) 
Annual Average Covered Employment 1995 2005
Goods Producing Industries  
Average Employment
10,282 9,311
Average Weekly Wage
$608 $917
   
Service Providing Industries  
Average Employment
42,259 49,600
Average Weekly Wage
$518 $810
   
Total Private Industry  
Average Employment
52,541 58,911
Average Weekly Wage
$536 $827
   
Government (Federal, State, and Local)  
Average Employment
6,942 7,476
Average Weekly Wage
$640 $893
   
Total, Private plus Government  
Average Employment
59,483 66,387
Average Weekly Wage
$548 $834
n = indicates that the data does not meet disclosure standards
EDUCATION/CHILD CARE FACILITIES (NH Dept. of Education)
Schools students attend: Manchester operates grades K-12 District: 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 13
Grade Levels
P K R 1-5 6-8 9-12 K-12
Total Enrollment
7,250 3,704 6,701
NH Licensed Child Care Facilities, 2006: Total Facilities: 73 Total Capacity: 4,722
Nearest Community/Technical College: Manchester
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Hesser; St. Anselm; Southern NH University; UNH-Manchester
LARGEST EMPLOYERS PRODUCT/SERVICE EMPLOYEES ESTABLISHED
Elliott Hospital Health care 2,821
Catholic Medical Center Health care 1,700
Verizon Utility 1,650
PSNH Utility 1,250
Citizens Bank Banking 1,225
TD Banknorth Banking 1,150
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of NH Insurance 753
Southern NH University College 700
Osram Sylvania Electronics 650
Freudenberg NOK Electronics 560
TRANSPORTATION  (Distance estimated from city / town hall)
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 Boston & Maine
Public Transportation Yes

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 8

Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH
0 miles
Portland, ME
95 miles
Boston, MA
53 miles
New York City, NY
252 miles
Montreal, Quebec
259 miles

COMMUTING TO WORK (US Census)
Workers 16 years and over  
Drove alone, car/truck/van
81.0%
Carpooled, car/truck/van
11.9%
Public transportation
1.4%
Walked
2.9%
Other Means
0.7%
Worked at home
2.2%
Mean Travel Time to Work 21.3 minutes

Percent of Working Residents:
Working in community of residence
52%
Commuting to another NH community
41%
Commuting out-of-state
7%
   
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: Gill Stadium; Currier Gallery of Art; Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center; Verizon Wireless Arena; Palace Theatre; NH Fishercats Stadium
Copyright 2006 Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security. All Rights Reserved. Updated 06/23/06

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