Manchester is a very small town located in the state of Maine. With a population of 2,556 people and just one neighborhood, Manchester is the 132nd largest community in Maine.
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SETTING & LIFESTYLE
Because of many things, Manchester is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Manchester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Manchester perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can’t help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Manchester has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Manchester has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Manchester than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Manchester may be for you.
Being a small town, Manchester does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
OCCUPATIONS AND WORKFORCE
Manchester has a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Manchester is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are a good number of people living in Manchester who work in office and administrative support, management, and sales positions.
It’s interesting to note that Manchester has more people living here who work in computers & math than 95% of the places in the US.
The education level of Manchester citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities @ 21.84% & 37.77% of adults in Manchester have a bachelor’s degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Manchester in 2010 was $35,426, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,704 for a family of four. However, Manchester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Manchester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Manchester residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Manchester include French, English, Irish, French Canadian, Scottish and German.
The most common language spoken in Manchester is English. Some people also speak French.
Parks and Recreation
Manchester has a few parcels of public land available for your recreation endeavors. One of these is the Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest. There are also several parcels of land in Manchester that are managed by the Kennebec Land Trust. These include Jamie’s Pond, Gannett Woods, and Hutchinson Pond. If you are looking to walk or hike in and around Manchester here’s a list of 10 healthy walks in the area.
There are other recreation opportunities available here as well. For the avid golfer, Manchester is the home of the Augusta Country club. If you’re a boater or fisherman Cobbossee Lake is a local favorite for both.