On the Move: Young Professionals Heading to Manchester
Manchester, NH, has been on the move for quite some time. The downtown millyard has undergone a complete transformation from the textile factories of the 1800s and early part of the twentieth century to the high-paying, innovative technology hub that exists today. Companies like Dyn, Inc. and DEKA, founded in Manchester, are making global headlines for their work in high-tech products and services, while other major corporations like Texas Instruments and Velcro realized early on the potential of Northern New England’s largest city and have planted solid roots.
Manchester has made multiple appearances on several lifestyle and livability lists over the years, including the top 50 happiest and healthiest places to live in the U.S. It could be because Manchester sits in one the best geographic locations in the country. Beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, lakes and other major cities are easy drives of an hour or less. You can strap on your ski boots in Manchester and be on the slopes within 60 minutes of driving north. Or slip on your sunglasses and be on the beach within 45 minutes of driving east. Are you in the mood for a lazy lake day? Take your pick of several lakes around the state. Jump in the car at 11 am and hit one by noon. Boston and Portland, ME, are each about an hour’s drive away for an urban change of scenery.
When you’re ready to vacation further afield or visit long distance friends and family, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport makes it easy. Recently named the best mid-sized airport in the country, Manchester’s airport is a favorite of travelers who want to avoid the hassle of bigger airports.
Another reason for Manchester’s high health score is access to top notch doctors and hospitals. Higher education is valued in Manchester, as well. There are several colleges in and around greater Manchester, training the next generation of skilled workers. Want to have a say in presidential politics? The road to the White House comes through New Hampshire. The state’s First in the Nation Primary brings presidential candidates to Manchester, and chances are, you’ll run into them.
Did we mention the cost of living compared to income? It’s among the best ratios in the country. And since New Hampshire doesn’t have a state income tax, you get to take home more of your paycheck than you would in most other states.
Manchester offers a fast-growing innovative tech hub with huge career opportunities, an unmatched quality of life, and access to major metropolitan areas within a short drive. Downtown, you’ll find exciting new restaurants, professional sports, entertainment, festivals, and nightlife. And organizations like Stay Work Play and Intown Manchester are dedicated to delivering more of what young professionals are looking for in the city and beyond.