Manchester Center : Vermont

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What it's Like to Retire in Manchester Center

Manchester Center is a small village in western Vermont, well known for its outlet stores and boutiques. The population is just over 2,000. The Manchester Village Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Photo of Bennington County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Skeezix1000.

Where to Retire in Manchester Center and Home Prices

You can live in Manchester Center, the nearby village of Manchester, or in one of the active adult communities in the region (see link at right).
Prices have been volatile in recent years. City-Data reports the median price of homes to be about $270,000 in the third quarter of 2014.


What is special about Manchester Center

Manchester is the regional shopping center for this part of Vermont.  The beauty and recreation offered by the Green Mountains is excellent, it attracts retirees and tourists alike. The Village of Manchester historic district is very appealing.

What is not special about Manchester Center

Cold winters and the distance to a major city are negatives. Cost of housing is high due to demand by wealthy weekenders.

Who will like retirement in Manchester Center

Outdoorsy people will like Manchester, as will shoppers.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and the outlet malls are a major driver of the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manchester is in the Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont. Dorset is nearby. The average July high is 79 and the average Jan. low is 8. The wettest month is May (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are local festivals and artists.


Manchester has a very low crime rate.


Medical facilities

There are 3 hospitals within 20 miles.


Rutland has a regional airport about 30 miles away.  The nearest international airport is about 125 miles away in Hartford, Connecticut.


Valuable Links

Manchester Tourism


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  • State: VT
  • Environment: Mountain,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature:
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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