Manchester, New Hampshire The Hub of the Granite State

The largest city in the state of New Hampshire, Manchester is the largest city in northern New England. It ranks high is affordability, lifestyle and economic opportunity. The Granite State community is also the birthplace of Gilmore Girls’ and The Good Wife’ actor Matt Czuchry, and comedians Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman grew up in Manchester and went to school there.

Large Population Center

 It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodget (after whom the Samuel Blodget Park in Manchester North is named). Blodget's vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of Manchester in England, which was the world's first industrialized city. It is located in Hillsborough County along the banks of the Merrimack River, which divides the city into eastern and western sections. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its 2014 population estimate was 110,448.The Manchester-Nashua metropolitan area, with an estimated population in 2013 of 403,985, is home to nearly one-third of the population of New Hampshire.

Manchester often appears favorably in lists ranking the affordability and livability of American cities. In 2009, rated Manchester 13th in a list of the 100 best cities to live and launch a business in the United States, In addition, Kiplinger voted Manchester the second most tax-friendly city in the United States, second only to Anchorage, Alaska. 

The town is around a 25-minute drive from Manchester airport, an hour drive from Boston and about four hours from New York City.

Early History

The Pennacook Indians called it Namoskeag, meaning a "good fishing place,"and this was a reference to the Amoskeag Falls in the Merrimack River. Its early boundaries were uncertain. Around 1722, John Goffe III settled and later built a dam and a sawmill beside Cohas Brook, in an area which was dubbed Old Harry's Town. This area was later granted by Massachusetts in 1727 as Tyngstown and reserved as homesteads for veterans of Queen Anne's War who served in 1703 under Captain William Tyng. 


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