Comparisons & Data

Manchester is recognized as one of the top economic cities of its size and is often recognized by national and industry specific publications. In September 2009, National Geographic Magazine named Manchester one of three U.S. recession-proof cities, highlighting Manchester's low unemployment rate, rehabilitated millyard, major employers, low tax structure, and recreational opportunities.

In 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked Manchester #1 in its list of "America's 100 Cheapest Places to Live".  The magazine said, "Among the U.S. cities with the most affordable housing and lowest cost of living, the Queen City offers the best combination of safety, employment opportunity, and general quality of life."  Manchester is also rated AA+ by Standard and Poors and Fitch and received an Aa2 rating by Moody's, which noted the city's sound fiscal management.

In March 2009, Kiplinger.com named Manchester second on the list of the 10 Most Tax-Friendly Cities in the Nation.  Boasting one of the lowest business tax structures in the country.

A strong city in a great state; you'll find that Manchester is located in one of the most affordable and livable places in the country.  New Hampshire has been voted:

  • #1 Most Favorable Tax Climate - 2010 New Hampshire Economic Review
  • #1 Highest Standard of Living -  2010 New Hampshire Economic
  • #1 Child & Family Well-Being - 2010 Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • #3 Safest State - 2010 CQ Press
  • #4 Most Livable State - 2010 CQ Press
  • #5 Healthiest State - 2010 CQ Press
  • #8 in The Ten Best Places to Invest - 2006 CNNMoney.com and Business 2.0
  • #10 College Educated Population (2009)