Livability Awards

A+ Manchester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Manchester Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Connecticut
11010% more expensive than the US average
12424% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Manchester cost of living
B Manchester Crime Total crime is 26% higher than Connecticut
Total crime
2,3778% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 438% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Manchester crime
D- Manchester Employment Household income is 22% lower than Connecticut
Median household income
$55,8751% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,3395% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%49% higher than the US average
Manchester employment
D+ Manchester Housing Home value is 38% lower than Connecticut
Median home value
$167,7009% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08715% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Manchester real estate or Manchester rentals
F Manchester Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than Connecticut
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
36%26% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Manchester K-12 schools or Manchester colleges

Living in Manchester, CT

Manchester is a mid-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. The city has a population of 30,364 people. In Manchester, there are 4,698 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Manchester is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian.

Living in Manchester can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Connecticut, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Manchester and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Manchester to Connecticut and the national average.

The livability score in Manchester is 67/100 and the city is ranked in the 51st percentile of all cities across America. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Manchester has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (B). Manchester does not fare well for the following: cost of living (D), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Manchester has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Manchester has a violent crime rate of 187 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Manchester real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Manchester. Median real estate prices in Manchester come in at $167,700, which is 37.7% lower than the Connecticut average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Manchester, the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 21.1% lower than the Connecticut average.

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      Manchester Connecticut: Shops, Beer and Grub!

      I actually like Manchester. It's definitely a working-class community; however, the city is undergoing some renovations which is really bringing some curb appeal to the downtown area.

      One of the best areas in Manchester is the Buckland Hill Mall Center. They have all of your common stores like JCPenney, American Eagle, Footlocker, Bath and Body Works, and many more. There’s also the Funny Bone comedy club if you’re looking for a good laugh.

      There’s not a ton to do as far as nightlife, but you can fill your time with a selection of breweries, restaurants, and the new talk-of-the-town Dave & Buster’s. If you have more expensive taste, you may want to wonder east two miles into the adjacent town, South Windsor, and visit the upscale outdoor mall, Evergreen Walk. Airbnb is growing in popularity in Manchester, so if you’re thinking of dropping by to give it a try, you can find exceptional rates that will rival any nearby motel or hotel.
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      Source: The Manchester, CT data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).