Located on the banks of the Merrimack River, the city of Manchester, New Hampshire is home to roughly 109,000 people, according to 2007 estimates. Manchester is considered one of New England's largest and fastest growing cities. Originally settled in the early 1700s, Manchester served as an industrial and manufacturing hub for over 100 years. Today, health care is one of the city's primary industries, employing close to 20 percent of the total workforce. The city is known for its well-preserved historical architecture and below-average crime rate, as well as for a wide variety of tourist attractions.
Manchester was once the world's largest textile mill complex. However, in recent past, the city's economy has changed. Manchester has emerged as the business and financial center of northern New England. The city's proximity to Boston has also helped to strengthen its economy. The average salary for jobs in Manchester is $37,127 and the median income of households is $50,404.
Approximately 80 percent of Manchester residents work for companies, 10 percent work for the government and 5 percent are self-employed. Major employers in the city are Flooring America, Elliot Health System Professional &General Liability Insurance Trust, Catholic Medical Center, Velcro USA Inc., Saint Anselm College, Osram Sylvania Inc., and US Veterans Medical Center.
Downtown Manchester is the site of the 10,000-seat Verizon Wireless Arena, the grand old Palace Theater, a live-performance venue, and the Amoskeag Millyard, once a vast textile manufacturing plant near the banks of the Merrimack River, now a museum and retailing. Downtown is also a major retailing area--with New Hampshire's tax free shopping, that's a big draw for out-of-staters. South Willow Street, site of the Mall of New Hampshire, is another retailing center.
Manchester is home to the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, one of more than six colleges within the state university system. UNH-M grants undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Manchester Community College, offering associate degree programs, and New Hampshire Institute of Art, offering bachelor degree programs, are both located in Manchester as well. Residents also have access to nearby Saint Anselm College, located in Goffstown, and Southern New Hampshire University, located in Hooksett.
Manchester is home to the Catholic Medical Center, Elliot Hospital, and the Manchester VA Medical Center. The city is also within a 20-mile-radius of Parkland Medical Center, located in Derry, and both the Concord Hospital and Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in nearby Concord.
The City of Manchester is covered by the daily New Hampshire Union Leader and by the weekly Manchester Express, as well as by a number of other periodicals. The city is home to seven radio stations and two television stations, and is also part of the greater Boston metropolitan broadcast market for both radio and television.
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