Manchester, New Hampshire Education and City Information

Nicknamed the Queen City, Manchester, New Hampshire, is the state's largest city and its industrial center. Manchester is home to a campus of the University of New Hampshire and Manchester Community College, as well as several private schools.

Information About Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester is situated on the banks of the Merrimack River and was incorporated in 1846, although it had served as a farming and fishing settlement for both native Americans and European settlers for many years prior. The city had a population of around 110,400 people, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Like much of New Hampshire, Manchester enjoys a 4-season climate, allowing for a variety of outdoor activities year-round, from hiking, fishing and golfing to skiing and snowboarding. For sports fans, the city hosts several teams, including the Manchester Monarchs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings; the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays; and the United Soccer Leagues' Seacoast United Phantoms.

Manchester Educational Opportunities

Manchester is home to several 4-year schools, including the public University of New Hampshire at Manchester, a small UNH campus with under 1,000 students. Private schools Southern New Hampshire University, Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art also are located in the city. Students looking for a public, 2-year school can attend Manchester Community College, which had around 3,450 students as of Fall 2014 and confers certificates and associate's degrees.

Manchester Economy

Manchester is home to more than 200 manufacturing firms, with more than 70 percent of these jobs based in production of durable goods. Additionally, the area is a hub for the high-tech, communications, financial services and healthcare industries, with Elliot Hospital and Catholic Medical Center employing the majority of Manchester's populace. Other top employers in the city include Fairpoint Communications, TD Bank, Citizens Bank and Comcast, along with Southern New Hampshire University and Saint Anselm College.


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