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A+ Manchester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Manchester Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than New Hampshire
11515% more expensive than the US average
New Hampshire
11818% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Manchester cost of living
F Manchester Crime Total crime is 109% higher than New Hampshire
Total crime
3,29920% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3120% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-24%Year over year crime is down
Manchester crime
C- Manchester Employment Household income is 20% lower than New Hampshire
Median household income
$54,8991% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,7214% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%11% lower than the US average
Manchester employment
C+ Manchester Housing Home value is 14% lower than New Hampshire
Median home value
$207,20012% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0298% higher than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
Manchester real estate or Manchester rentals
F Manchester Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than New Hampshire
High school grad. rates
83%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%33% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:17% lower than the US average
Manchester K-12 schools or Manchester colleges

Living in Manchester, NH

Manchester, New Hampshire is a mid-sized city with a population of 110,231 inhabitants. In Manchester, there are 3,333 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.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Manchester could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New Hampshire if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Manchester, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, education, employment and more.

The livability score in Manchester is 62/100 and the city is ranked in the 28th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we know that Manchester ranks very well for amenities (A+). Regrettably for Manchester, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D-) and education (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Manchester, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Currier Museum of Art, Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House, and SEE Science Center.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Manchester is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Manchester come in at $207,200, which is 13.6% lower than the New Hampshire 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 3.8, which is 8.6% higher than the New Hampshire average. Real estate appreciation rates in Manchester are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Manchester homes comes in at 7.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6%.

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Compare Manchester, NH Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Manchester, NH

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Melrose, MA8041.527,787
Winchester, MA7939.822,491
Reading, MA7835.525,490
Portsmouth, NH7833.921,458
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dover, NH7831.530,750
Devens, MA7731.71,773
Exeter, NH7725.29,022
Derry, NH769.322,392

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what happen to manchester

Manchester used to be a great place to live now it is corrupt with drugs and crime. the police are everywhere and its not safe. I have been gone a year and when i went to visit it looked dirty and the areas that were once nice are dirty with drugs and crime. the outside community are still nice but manchester is a small town with big city problems now even there local Facebook page is all off arrest of kids on drugs made up gangs and violence. hopefully the community get together and rid manchester of this wave of disaster. what was once a great place to live and raise kids and not sure about that anymore
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Manchester, NH - The City of a Lifetime

On my way to Canada, I had the distinction to stay two days in the city of Manchester, NH. I call it distinction because I really loved those two days during fall foliage. Manchester is the largest city in North New England but it has exquisitely preserved its small town nature. The roads leading to downtown, which is the center of all activity, still offer a sensation of driving through a countryside in the 1970's.

A local bartender in Manchster told me that locals take Sports more seriously than many outsiders would think. That's why, there is a lot of tension even when smaller teams play at the famous Version Wireless Arena. He was also quick to point out many that Manchester has many attractions nearby. Although, I couldn't remember the name but there was a very nice boutique hotel by a lake, just two blocks away from my own excellent small hotel. It seems that there a plentiful boutique lodgings which would provide a good place to stay for those who wish to evaluate Manchester, before moving in. Interestingly, downtown Manchester has some excellent shopping, restaurants and attractions. Also I read somewhere that Manchster is consistently rated as the best place to live in by many authoritative media publications. After my two days, I dare not disagree. Bottom line, I really enjoyed my stay in Manchester!
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Source: The Manchester, NH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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