Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is a city in the southern part of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is the most populous city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 109,565,[4] up slightly to 111,196 in a 2017 estimate.[3] The combined Manchester-Nashua Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 400,721.[5]

Manchester is, along with Nashua, one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state's most populous. Manchester lies near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis and straddles the banks of the Merrimack River. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett, namesake of Samuel Blodget Park and Blodget Street in the city's North End. His vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world's first industrialized city.[6]

Manchester often appears favorably in lists ranking the affordability and livability of U.S. cities, placing particularly high in small business climate,[7][8] affordability,[9][10] upward mobility,[11] and education level.[12]

Manchester, New Hampshire
Clockwise from top: Manchester skyline from above Amoskeag Falls, Hanover Street, a Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the Arms Park Riverwalk and Millyard, and City Hall.
Clockwise from top: Manchester skyline from above Amoskeag Falls, Hanover Street, a Fisher Cats game at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the Arms Park Riverwalk and Millyard, and City Hall.
Flag of Manchester, New Hampshire

Official seal of Manchester, New Hampshire

Queen City, Manch Vegas[1]
Labor Vincit (work conquers)
Location in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester is located in New Hampshire
Location within New Hampshire
Manchester is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°59′27″N 71°27′49″W / 42.99083°N 71.46361°WCoordinates: 42°59′27″N 71°27′49″W / 42.99083°N 71.46361°W
Country United States
State New Hampshire
(as Derryfield)
(as Manchester)
 • MayorJoyce Craig (D)
 • Aldermen
 • City35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 • Land33.1 sq mi (85.7 km2)
 • Water1.9 sq mi (4.8 km2)  5.33%
210 ft (64 m)
 • City109,565
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 264th
 • Density3,338/sq mi (1,289.0/km2)
 • Urban
158,377 (US: 209th)
 • Metro
406,678 (US: 132nd)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
03101-03111 (03110 assigned to suburb Bedford)
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-45140
GNIS feature ID0868243


Mills on the Merrimack River and the West Side of Manchester

Native Pennacook Indians called Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River — the area that became the heart of Manchester — Namaoskeag, meaning "good fishing place".[13] In 1722, John Goffe III settled beside Cohas Brook, later building a dam and sawmill at what was dubbed "Old Harry's Town". It was granted by Massachusetts in 1727 as "Tyngstown" to veterans of Queen Anne's War who served in 1703 under Captain William Tyng.[5] But at New Hampshire's 1741 separation from Massachusetts, the grant was ruled invalid and substituted with Wilton, Maine, resulting in a 1751 rechartering by Governor Benning Wentworth as "Derryfield" — a name that lives on in Derryfield Park, Derryfield Country Club, and the private Derryfield School.[5]

In 1807, Samuel Blodget opened a canal and lock system to allow vessels passage around the falls, part of a network developing to link the area with Boston. He envisioned a great industrial center arising, "the Manchester of America", in reference to Manchester, England, then at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.[5][14] In 1809, Benjamin Prichard and others built a water-powered cotton spinning mill on the western bank of the Merrimack. Apparently following Blodgett's suggestion, Derryfield was renamed "Manchester" in 1810, the year the mill was incorporated as the Amoskeag Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Company.[15] It would be purchased in 1825 by entrepreneurs from Massachusetts, expanded to three mills in 1826, and then incorporated in 1831 as the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.[5][14]

Elm Street Looking North, Manchester, NH
Elm Street, c. 1905
6 A.M. Going to work in Amoskeag Mfg. Co. Manchester, N.H. - NARA - 523200
Child laborers at Amoskeag Manufacturing in Manchester (1909); photo by Lewis Hine

Amoskeag engineers and architects planned a model company town on the eastern bank, founded in 1838 with Elm Street as its main thoroughfare. Incorporation as a city followed for Manchester in 1846, soon home to the largest cotton mill in the world—Mill No. 11, stretching 900 feet (270 m) long by 103 feet (31 m) wide, and containing 4,000 looms. Other products made in the community included shoes, cigars, and paper. The Amoskeag foundry made rifles, sewing machines, textile machinery, fire engines, and locomotives in a division called the Amoskeag Locomotive Works (later, the Manchester Locomotive Works). The rapid growth of the mills demanded a large influx of workers, resulting in a flood of immigrants, particularly French Canadians. Many residents descend from these workers. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company went out of business in 1935, although its red brick mills have been renovated for other uses. Indeed, the mill town's 19th-century affluence left behind some of the finest Victorian commercial, municipal, and residential architecture in the state.[16]


View of downtown from the north

Manchester is in south-central New Hampshire, 18 miles (29 km) south of Concord, the state capital, and the same distance north of Nashua, the second-largest city in the state. Manchester is 51 miles (82 km) north-northwest of Boston, the largest city in New England.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.0 square miles (90.6 km2), of which 33.1 square miles (85.7 km2) are land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2) are water, comprising 5.33% of the city.[4] Manchester is drained by the Merrimack River and its tributaries the Piscataquog River and Cohas Brook. Massabesic Lake is on the eastern border. The highest point in Manchester is atop Wellington Hill, where the elevation reaches 570 feet (170 m) above sea level.


The Manchester Planning Board, in its 2010 Master Plan, defines 25 neighborhoods within the city. LivableMHT has drawn maps of the neighborhoods and neighborhood village centers as defined by the city.[17] Recognition of particular neighborhoods varies, with some having neighborhood associations, but none have any legal or political authority.

The major neighborhoods, historically, include Amoskeag, Rimmon Heights, Notre Dame/McGregorville and Piscataquog/Granite Square also known as "Piscat" on the West Side; and the North End, Janeville/Corey Square, Hallsville and Bakersville on the East Side; along with Youngsville and Goffes Falls on the periphery of the city.[18]

In 2007, the city began a Neighborhood Initiatives program to "insure that our neighborhoods are vibrant, livable areas since these are the portions of the city where most of the residents spend their time living, playing, shopping and going to school."[19] The purpose of this initiative is to foster vibrancy and redevelopment in the neighborhoods, and to restore the sense of neighborhood communities that had been overlooked in the city for some time. The city began the program with street-scape and infrastructure improvements in the Rimmon Heights neighborhood of the West Side, which has spurred growth and investment in and by the community.[20] Despite the success of the program in Rimmon Heights, it was unclear in recent years how the city planned to implement similar programs throughout the city. The city announced plans for extending the Neighborhood Initiatives program to the Hollow neighborhood in February 2012.[21]

View of the West Side from Rock Rimmon
View of the West Side from Rock Rimmon

Surrounding development

The urban core of Manchester extends beyond its city limits in several directions, particularly west and south of downtown, including:

  • Pinardville – In the town of Goffstown, Pinardville is a fairly dense, former streetcar suburb along Mast Road to the west of Manchester. It is home to Saint Anselm College.
  • River Corridor – In the town of Bedford, the River Corridor is a mid-density, primarily shopping district along South River Road about two-and-a-half miles from downtown Manchester. The area has recently implemented Tax Increment Financing to improve and maintain infrastructure, and the Town of Bedford's most recent master plan has called for increasing mixed-use development and promoting walkability and transit use, though the Manchester Transit Authority bus service in the area was recently curtailed following a decision by the Town of Bedford to discontinue funding service.
  • Northeast Bedford – The northeast section of Bedford is a mainly low to mid-density suburban residential area near the terminus of the former St. Joseph's streetcar line along Donald Street and post-war development along Boynton Street, with some businesses scattered throughout. The area does not have a formal name, but the section along Boynton Street has variously been called the Plains and the Pines. The northern area is more rural with large portions owned by Saint Anselm College.
  • South Hooksett – The southeastern portion of the town of Hooksett is a sprawling, suburban shopping area north of Manchester.
  • Manchester–Boston Regional Airport near the city's southeastern corner, and the surrounding industrial areas extend into neighboring Londonderry.


Manchester has a four-season humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa), with long, cold, snowy winters, and very warm and somewhat humid summers; spring and fall in between are crisp and relatively brief transitions. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 24.4 °F (−4.2 °C) in January to 72.5 °F (22.5 °C) in July. On average, there are 11 days of highs at or above 90 °F (32 °C) and 3.0 days of lows at or below 0 °F (−18 °C) annually.[22] Precipitation is well-spread throughout the year, though winter is the driest season while March tends to be the wettest. Record temperatures range from −29 °F (−34 °C) on February 16, 1943, up to 103 °F (39 °C) on July 22, 2011.[23]


Downtown Manchester looking south along Elm Street

The city is the center of the Manchester, New Hampshire, New England City and Town Metropolitan Area (NECTA MA), which had a population of 187,596 as of the 2010 census.[24] As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565,[4] and its 2017 population estimate was 111,196.[3] The Manchester-Nashua metropolitan area, with an estimated population in 2015 of 406,678, is home to nearly one-third of the population of New Hampshire.[25]

As of the census of 2010,[26] there were 109,565 residents, 45,766 households, and 26,066 families in the city. The population density was 3,320.2 people per square mile (1,281.5/km²). There were 49,288 housing units at an average density of 1,493.6 per square mile (576.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.1% White, 4.1% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 3.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.1% from some other race, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population. Non-Hispanic Whites were 82.0% of the population,[27] down from 98.0% in 1980.[28]

In 2011 the largest ancestry groups within the city's population were: French and French-Canadian (23.9%), Irish (19.5%), English (9.9%), German (8.6%), and Italian (8.1%).[29]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017111,196[3]1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[30]

At the 2010 census, there were 45,766 households, out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 persons and the average family size was 2.99.[26]

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.[26]

In 2011 the estimated median income for a household in the city was $51,082, and the median income for a family was $63,045. Male full-time workers had a median income of $43,583 versus $37,155 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,131. 14.1% of the population and 9.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 21.8% were under the age of 18 and 9.9% were 65 or older.[31]


Manchester often appears favorably in lists ranking the affordability and livability of U.S. cities. In 2015, ranked it #1 in the U.S. for small businesses, and in 2009, another site ranked Manchester 13th in a list of the 100 best cities in the U.S. to live and launch a business.[7][8] In addition, Kiplinger voted Manchester the second most tax-friendly city in the U.S., second only to Anchorage, Alaska.[9] Also in 2009, Forbes magazine ranked the Manchester region first on its list of "America's 100 Cheapest Places to Live."[10] According to the Equality of Opportunity Project, released in 2013, Manchester ranked as the seventh best metropolitan area in the U.S. in terms of upward income mobility.[11] In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked the city among the top 5 most educated cities in the United States.[12]


Amoskeag Bank Building, Manchester, NH
Amoskeag Bank in 1913: At 10 stories, it was Manchester's "skyscraper" for over a half-century.

Manchester is northern New England's largest city, and as of the 2014 U.S. Census population estimate was the most populous New England city north of Boston, including other Massachusetts cities. Its metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in New England. Its economy has changed greatly, as Manchester was a textile mill town about 40 years ago. In March 2009, Kiplinger voted Manchester the second most tax friendly city in the U.S., after Anchorage, Alaska.[9] Earlier in the year, CNN rated Manchester 13th in its top 100 best places in the U.S. to live and launch a business.[8] Manchester is nicknamed the Queen City, as well as the more recently coined "Manch Vegas".[1] In 1998, Manchester was named the "Number One Small City in the East" by Money magazine. The Mall of New Hampshire, on Manchester's southern fringe near the intersection of Interstates 93 and 293, is the city's main retail center. In 2001, the Verizon Wireless Arena, a venue seating more than 10,000, opened for major concerts and sporting events, enhancing the city's downtown revitalization efforts with a major hotel and convention center already in place across the street from the arena. The building was renamed the SNHU Arena in 2016, after Manchester's Southern New Hampshire University.

Manchester is the home of Segway, Inc., manufacturers of a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen.

As of 2017, the following organizations and companies were the largest employers in Manchester:[32]


Downtown Manchester's One City Hall Plaza stands 22 stories high, quickly followed by the all-black, 20-story Brady Sullivan Plaza, formerly known as the Hampshire Plaza. They are the tallest New England buildings north of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Sullivan Plaza is shorter than City Hall Plaza by a mere 16 feet (4.9 m). Other major buildings include the 18-story Wall Street Apartments tower; the 14-story, recently renamed Brady Sullivan Tower, which was the former New Hampshire Insurance building; at 12 stories, the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center Manchester (which serves the SNHU Arena across the street), the Carpenter Center (a former hotel), and the Hampshire Towers condominium building; the 10-story Citizens Bank Building, which was, for much of the early- and mid-20th century, Manchester's iconic Amoskeag Bank "skyscraper"; and several high-rises of or exceeding 10 stories on the city's West Side. This partial list only includes residential and commercial buildings and does not include hospitals, spires and domes, etc.

The SNHU Arena has become the centerpiece of downtown Manchester. The venue can seat slightly less than 12,000 patrons for concerts, and at least 10,000-seat configurations for sporting and other forms of entertainment. The arena is home to the Manchester Monarchs, the local ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. It has also hosted major recording artists and comedians, national touring theatrical productions, family-oriented shows, and fairs since it opened in 2001.[33] The Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (formerly Stadium) is a baseball park on the Merrimack River in downtown Manchester and is home to the local AA baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Historic Gill Stadium supported professional minor-league baseball into the early 21st century and continues to be a viable and popular downtown venue for many sporting and entertainment events, seating nearly 4,000 patrons, depending on the event format.

In recent years there has been continual redevelopment of the Amoskeag Millyard and its residential Historic District. The increasing popularity of downtown living has caused many properties originally built as tenement housing for mill workers in the 19th century to be converted to stylish, eclectic residential condominiums. Many new retail stores and higher education institutions, including the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, have been uniquely retro-fitted into properties along Commercial and Canal Street.


Manchester has three main retail areas: downtown Manchester, South Willow Street (NH Route 28), and Second Street (NH Route 3A) on the West Side. The Mall of New Hampshire is on South Willow Street, and, with more than 125 stores, is one of the largest shopping centers in southern New Hampshire and central New England.

Arts and culture

Currier Art Museum, Manchester, NH MG 2792
Currier Museum of Art at 150 Ash Street

Cultural landmarks include the historic Palace Theatre, the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the Franco-American Center, the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, the Massabesic Audubon Center, the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center, the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum and Max I. Silber Library, and the SEE Science Center.[34] Valley Cemetery, the resting place of numerous prominent citizens since 1841, is an early example of a garden-style burial ground.

The John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum is another, smaller venue in downtown Manchester with a capacity of approximately 3,000 seats. It was completed in 1963, serves as home ice for the Manchester Central and Memorial High School hockey teams, and is home to the Southern New Hampshire Skating Club.[35]

The nickname "ManchVegas" was derived from illegal gambling in local businesses during the late 1980s or early 1990s. Many pizza shops and local bars had video poker machines that would pay out real money. The nickname was coined following a citywide bust of these machines. It was then adopted as a lampoon of the city's limited entertainment opportunities. The term has since become a source of pride as the city's entertainment scene has grown. By 2003 it was well enough known that a note on said, "Residents reflect the regional dry humor by referring to sedate Manchester as 'ManchVegas'."[36] By 2005, an article in Manchester's Hippo (a local alternative weekly) said that then-Mayor Robert A. Baines "is pushing to replace the nickname ManchVegas with Manchhattan" (meaning Manchester+Manhattan).[37] In 2009 the film Monsters, Marriage and Murder in ManchVegas was released referencing Manchester's popular nickname and using much of the city as its backdrop.[38]

Manchester has a growing collective of artists, due in large part to the influx of young students at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. Slam Free or Die, New Hampshire's only weekly slam poetry venue, is in Manchester and was voted "Best Poetry Venue in the World" [39] by readers of Write Bloody Publishing.

The Manchester City Library has served the city's residents since the mid-1850s and has been housed in the Carpenter Memorial Building on Pine Street since 1914. There is a branch location on North Main Street on the West Side[40]


The city is home to McIntyre Ski Area, which opened in 1971. There are also college sports teams that play in and out of the city.[41]


Manchester is the only city in New Hampshire with professional sports teams. The SNHU Arena is home to the ECHL's Manchester Monarchs. From 2001 to 2015, Manchester had a team, also called the Manchester Monarchs, that played in the American Hockey League. In their final season in Manchester, the Monarchs won the league championship. Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is home to the three-time Eastern League champions, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The following is a list of Manchester's professional and minor-league sports teams.

Club League Venue Established Championships
Amoskeag Rugby Club NERFU, rugby Northeast Athletic Club 1984 0
New Hampshire Fisher Cats EL, baseball (professional) Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 2004 2
Manchester Monarchs ECHL, ice hockey (professional) SNHU Arena 2015 0
ManchVegas Roller Girls USARS, flat track roller derby West Side Ice Arena 2008 0
New Hampshire Roller Derby WFTDA,[42] flat track roller derby JFK Memorial Coliseum[43] 2007 0
Manchester Freedom IWFL, women's tackle football West High 2002 0


Manchester city vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 43.29% 21,554 50.10% 24,941 7.08% 3,291
2012 43.60% 20,942 54.60% 26,227 1.80% 864
2008 44.02% 21,192 55.10% 26,526 0.89% 427
2004 49.82% 23,286 49.46% 23,116 0.72% 336
2000 47.11% 19,152 49.17% 19,991 3.72% 1,511
1996 38.26% 14,704 52.52% 20,185 9.22% 3,544
1992 40.10% 16,298 40.91% 16,627 18.99% 7,718

Manchester is incorporated as a city under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and operates under a strong mayoral form of government. The mayor serves as chairman of the fourteen-member Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the city's legislative body. Each of Manchester's twelve wards elects a single alderman, and two additional at-large members are elected citywide.

The mayor also serves as the chair of the board of school committee. Like the board of aldermen, the school board has twelve members elected by ward and two at-large members. The School Board is not a city department; rather, it is a school district coterminous with the city, which obtains financing from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

In the New Hampshire Senate, Manchester is represented by three state senators, all Democrats:

  • Kevin Cavanaugh (District 16) – Wards 1, 2, 12
  • Donna Soucy (District 18) – Wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Lou D'Allesandro (District 20) – Wards 3, 4, 10, 11

In the New Hampshire Executive Council, Manchester is included within the 4th District and is represented by Republican Ted Gatsas,[45] the city's former mayor. Manchester is included within New Hampshire's 1st congressional district and is represented by Democrat Chris C. Pappas.

At the presidential level, Manchester is fairly independent but like most other large cities, it does have a slight Democratic tilt. George W. Bush narrowly carried the city by 170 votes in 2004, and other presidential elections have remained close.


Lincoln in front of Central HS
Lincoln statue by John Rogers in front of Central High School, 2005
ManchesterNH WestonObservatory
Weston Observatory in Derryfield Park, 2012

Public schools

Manchester's public school system is run by the Manchester School District.

Manchester School District has four public high schools:

Manchester School District has four public middle schools and fourteen elementary schools.

Private schools

Manchester is served by three private high schools:

In addition:

  • Mount Zion Christian Schools, a non-denominational, evangelical Christian school serving kindergarten through twelfth grade
  • The Founders Academy, a charter school that began in the 2014–15 school year for children in 6th to 12th grades
  • Saint Benedict Academy, a Catholic elementary school serving kindergarten through sixth grade (formerly Saint Raphael School and Westside Regional Catholic School)
  • Robert B. Jolicoeur School, a private special education school
  • Cardinal Lacroix School, a K–6 Catholic elementary school that combines St. Anthony School and St. Casimir School
  • St. Catherine of Siena School, a pre-K to 6th grade parochial elementary school.[46]
  • St. Joseph Regional Junior High School, a grade 7-8 regional Catholic junior high school

Post-secondary schools

Area institutions of higher education, together enrolling more than 8,000 students, include:


The city is served by the New Hampshire Union Leader (formerly the Manchester Union Leader), The Hippo, the Manchester Mirror and the Manchester Ink Link.[47]


The Manchester radio market, which contains portions of Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham counties, is home to the following FM radio stations:

Additionally, almost all stations from Boston can be received throughout the market, along with some stations (depending on location) from Worcester, the Seacoast and/or the Lakes Region.


Manchester is on the northern edge of the Boston television market.

Channel Callsign Affiliation Branding Subchannels Owner
(Virtual) Channel Programming
9.1 WMUR ABC WMUR 9 9.2
Hearst Television
11.1 WENH PBS New Hampshire Public Television 11.2
NHPTV Explore
PBS Kids
New Hampshire Public Television
13.1 WYCN-CD NBC NBC 10 Boston 13.2
Cozi TV
21.1 WPXG ION ION 21.2
ION Life
ION Shop
ION Media Networks
50.1 WWJE Justice Network Univision Communications
60.1 WNEU Telemundo Telemundo Boston 60.2
Cozi TV



Union Station, Manchester, NH
Union Station, c. 1910


Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the fourth-largest passenger and third-largest cargo airport in New England, serves the city.


Interstates 93 and 293 and the F.E. Everett Turnpike are multi-lane highways that connect the metropolitan area to Concord and the White Mountains to the north and Nashua and Boston to the south. NH 101 is a four-lane highway eastbound from Manchester to Hampton Beach, connecting the city with the southeastern part of the state and the seacoast, as well as Maine and the Massachusetts North Shore via Interstate 95. West of Manchester, NH 101 is a two-lane highway serving as the main artery to Keene, the Monadnock region, and other points in southwestern New Hampshire, eventually connecting to NH 9 and the state's border with Vermont. U.S. Route 3 and state routes 3A, 28, 28A, and Bypass 28 also flow through the city.

A direct highway access with the airport connects the Everett Turnpike just south of the city with the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport via a Merrimack River-crossing connector road known as Raymond Wieczorek Drive (in honor of a former Manchester mayor instrumental in getting the access road built). The connector road also intersects with highways U.S. 3 and NH 3A.


The Manchester Transit Authority runs several bus routes throughout the city and surrounding areas. Concord Trailways and Boston Express run commuter services to Boston and other parts of the state. Vermont Transit Lines (affiliated with Greyhound Lines) has lines to Montreal. In 2008, Boston Express moved to suburb Londonderry, New Hampshire, and now provides limited service to downtown Manchester.

Passenger rail (future)

The possibility of Manchester being served by the Capital Corridor, an extension of the MBTA commuter rail from its current terminus in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Concord, which would also include a stop at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is being studied by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority and New Hampshire Department of Transportation, which have received federal funding for studying and planning the route.[48] The Capital Corridor route is also being studied as a possible future high-speed rail line connecting Montreal and Boston.[49] The Manchester-Nashua area is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States without Amtrak service.[50]

With the expansion of Interstate 93 to eight lanes from Salem to Manchester under construction, space is being reserved in the median for potential future commuter or light rail service along this corridor.[51] The I-93 transit study also suggested restoring service on the Manchester and Lawrence branch for commuter and freight rail.[52] This corridor would support freight rail along with commuter, something that light rail cannot do.

In late 2011, Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and owner of several buildings in the Millyard, as well as co-founder of FIRST, proposed a rail loop for downtown and the Millyard. Several meetings have been held with area business and property owners, city officials and local developers, but the idea is in the early conceptual stages.[53]

The downtown rail loop, if approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, would be about three miles long. The loop would go from the Manchester Millyards, down south for about half a mile, then turn over Elm Street, separate into two rails (the other going towards Manchester-Boston Regional Airport), and climb north to Bridge Street and up to the New Hampshire Tower, where it ends.

Public safety

Law enforcement

Law enforcement is provided by the Manchester Police Department. The Manchester police station is at 405 Valley Street on the corner of Valley and Maple.

The Hillsborough County Department of Corrections is at 445 Willow Street. The prison houses an average of 500 inmates.

Fire department

The city of Manchester is protected all year by the 200 paid, professional firefighters (IAFF Local 856) of the City of Manchester Fire Department. The department is commanded by a Chief of Department, Daniel Goonan, one Assistant Chief, and five District Chiefs.[54][55] The Manchester Fire Department operates out of ten fire stations throughout the city, and operates a fire apparatus fleet of ten engines, four trucks (2 staffed/ 2 cross-manned by the engine), one rescue, and one district chief (two if manpower permits). The Manchester Fire Department responds to over 26,000 emergency calls annually.[56][57][58]

Sister cities

See also


Granite Street, West Manchester, NH

Granite Street (1900)

Soldiers' Monument, Manchester, NH

War Monument (1905)

Gen. John Stark House, Manchester, NH

Home of General John Stark (1906)

Old Fire Station, Manchester, NH

Old Central Fire Station (1907)

Old Library, Manchester, NH

Old City Library (1908)

Bridge St., West from Maple St., Manchester, NH

Bridge Street (1909)

Pearl Street School, Manchester, NH

Pearl Street School (c. 1910)

Spanish-American War monument, Manchester, NH IMG 2769

Monument to Spanish–American War soldiers (dedicated 1920)

Catholic Diocese of Manchester, NH IMG 2788

Manchester houses the state Roman Catholic Diocese at 153 Ash Street.

Manchester Skyline (Nov. 2014)

Manchester NH Skyline (November 2014)


  1. ^ Official precipitation records for Manchester were kept at an undisclosed location in the area from February 1885 to June 5, 1948, Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (KMHT) from June 6, 1948 to March 31, 1967, another, possibly differing, undisclosed location from April 1, 1967 to March 31, 1998, and again at KMHT since April 1, 1998. Temperature records began in April 1885, while snowfall records began on November 22, 1902. There are significant gaps in data coverage before April 1998; for more information, see ThreadEx


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2009 Manchester, New Hampshire municipal election

The Manchester mayoral election of 2009 preliminary municipal election occurred on September 15, 2009, and the municipal election occurred on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Alderman and State Senator Ted Gatsas defeated Alderman Mark Roy by a margin of 56% to 43% in the November 3rd general election. Manchester's mayoral race is non-partisan, occurs every two years, and there are no term limits. The current mayor, Frank Guinta, has served since 2006. Incumbent Mayor Guinta stated in the spring that he would not run for reelection and subsequently announced that he will run to represent New Hampshire's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in 2010 challenging incumbent Carol Shea-Porter.

2017 Manchester, New Hampshire mayoral election

The 2017 mayoral election in Manchester, New Hampshire, was held on November 7, 2017 and resulted in the election of Joyce Craig, a member of the Democratic Party, to her first term.

Adam Sandler

Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.His film roles include Billy Madison (1995), the sports comedies Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998), the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer (1998), Big Daddy (1999), and Mr. Deeds (2002), and voicing Dracula in the Hotel Transylvania franchise.

Some of his films, such as the widely panned Jack and Jill, have been heavily criticized, culminating in a shared second place in the number of Raspberry Awards (3) and Raspberry Award nominations (11), in both cases second only to Sylvester Stallone.

He has ventured into more dramatic territory with his roles in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Spanglish (2004), Reign Over Me (2007), Funny People (2009), and The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), all of which earned him critical praise.

Amoskeag Falls

The Amoskeag Falls are a set of waterfalls located in Manchester, New Hampshire on the Merrimack River.

Crystal Lake (Manchester, New Hampshire)

Crystal Lake is a natural pond near Bodwell Road and Corning Road in south Manchester, New Hampshire, United States. Crystal Lake is a popular place for residents to enjoy swimming, boating and fishing.

Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

Hillsborough County is the most populous county in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2010 census, the population was 400,721. The population was estimated at 407,761 in 2016. Its county seats are Manchester and Nashua. Hillsborough is northern New England's most populous county as well as its most densely populated. Hillsborough County comprises the Manchester-Nashua, NH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn constitutes a portion of the Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

James A. Weston

James Adams Weston (August 27, 1827 – May 8, 1895) was a civil engineer, banker, and an American politician from Manchester, New Hampshire who served as mayor of Manchester for several terms and was twice Governor of New Hampshire.

List of mayors of Manchester, New Hampshire

This is a list of Mayors of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Political party designations are shown for some mayors, where known. However, municipal elections are officially non-partisan.

Throughout most of the previous century, elections have been held in odd-numbered years. Mayors are elected for a two-year term of office. The first city election in Manchester, New Hampshire occurred on August 19, 1846.

The administrative and executive powers of the city are vested in the mayor. The mayor must be a resident of the city for at least a year prior to filing for the office of mayor. The mayor has the power to supervise the administrative affairs of the city and presides over meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The mayor is the de facto head of the Board of School Committee, which oversees the city’s schools.

From 1846 to 1857, mayors served for a one-year term, expiring on the third Tuesday in March. From 1857 to 1872, the mayor's term expired on the last day of December. In 1873, the term ended annually on the Third Tuesday in March, up until 1880, when it became a two-year term.

List of tallest buildings in Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is a city in Hillsborough County in southern New Hampshire, United States. It has a population of over 110,000 people and about 10 skyscrapers. This article is a list of the tallest buildings in Manchester and New Hampshire.

Mall of New Hampshire

The Mall of New Hampshire is a shopping mall located in the Lower South Willow neighborhood of Manchester, New Hampshire. Its major anchoring stores are Macy's, Old Navy, JCPenney, and Best Buy. The mall has 114 stores as well as a large food court and is 812,213 square feet (75,457.1 m2), making it the third largest mall in New Hampshire after the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, and the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, which opened in 1991 and 1986, respectively. This was the first large-scale shopping mall in New Hampshire; initial construction of the mall was completed in August 1977, though it has since been dramatically expanded.

The Mall of New Hampshire is managed by Simon Property Group, which owns 56.4 percent of it. The mall is also 44 percent owned by the CPP Investment Board, which manages the Canada Pension Plan national pension system.

Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)

The Manchester Monarchs are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL which began play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, and affiliated with the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, the team plays its home games at the SNHU Arena.

The Monarchs replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, which played from 2001 until 2015, after which they moved to Ontario, California, and became the Ontario Reign.

Manchester Wolves

The Manchester Wolves were a professional arena football team, based at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, which folded at the end of the 2009 season along with the rest of the league. They played in the East Division of the American Conference of the AF2 league, which was the minor league of the Arena Football League.

Massabesic Lake

Massabesic Lake is a lake in southern New Hampshire, United States, covering about 2,560 acres (1,040 ha) (equivalent to about 4 sq mi or 10 km2) within the city of Manchester and the town of Auburn. Because it provides drinking water for Manchester, swimming and water skiing are not allowed there. Popular sports on the lake are sailing, fishing, and kayaking. The recreational trails along the lake provide beautiful views of the lake and the town of Auburn.

Besides flowing into the Manchester water system, the lake's water feeds Cohas Brook, leading to the Merrimack River. Massabesic is a Native American name meaning "place of much water" or "near the great brook."The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery.

Richard and Maurice McDonald

Richard James and Maurice James McDonald were American siblings who founded the McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California, and inventors of the "Speedee Service System," now commonly known as "fast food".

Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester (Diocensis Manchesteriensis in Latin) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the region of New England in the United States, comprising the entire state of New Hampshire.

It is a suffragan in the Latin Rite ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Boston, and its bishop is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Region I (provinces of Boston and Hartford).

Its leading prelate also serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.

Toufic H. Kalil House

The Toufic H. Kalil House is a structure that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1955. The Usonian Automatic design of this house allowed Wright to meet the requirements of Dr. Toufic and Mildred Kalil, a professional couple. Wright used the term Usonian Automatic to describe the design of economical Usonian style houses constructed of modular concrete blocks. This house illustrates Wright's creative use of this inexpensive material.

Typical of Wright's Usonian style, the Kalil house draws its beauty from simple, linear forms rather than ornamental details. Symmetrical rows of rectangular window openings give the heavy concrete a sense of airiness.

The Kalil house was designed in the mid-1950s, near the end of Wright's life. The Zimmerman House was built in a very different Usonian style for Dr. Toufic Kalil's good friend and hospital colleague, Dr. Zimmerman, three lots down, on the same street, five years earlier.

This 1,380-square-foot (128 m2) house contains a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and a study. All of the original furniture, most of which is built-in, is still intact. The house is privately owned and not open to tours.


WMLL (96.5 FM; "96.5 The Mill") is an American radio station licensed to Bedford, New Hampshire, with studios located on Commercial Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. WMLL is owned by Saga Communications, via subsidiary Saga Communications of New England LLC.

Wiggins Airways

Wiggins Airways is an American fixed-base operator, cargo airline, and charter airline based at Manchester, New Hampshire and operating from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Zimmerman House (Manchester, New Hampshire)

The Zimmerman House is a historic house located at 223 Heather Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. Built in 1951, it is the first of two houses in New Hampshire designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (the other is the Toufic H. Kalil House, built in 1955 on the same street), and one of a modest number of Prairie School designs in the northeastern United States. The house is now owned by the Currier Museum of Art, which provides tours of the building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Climate data for Manchester–Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire (1981−2010 normals, extremes 1885–present)[a]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
Average high °F (°C) 33.1
Average low °F (°C) 15.7
Record low °F (°C) −26
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.02
Source: NOAA[23][22]
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