Manchester : Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Manchester

Manchester is a town east of Hartford with about 56,000 people in it.  It is an old town and was once famous for its silk mill. Photo of Shenipsit Trail tree with blue blaze near Case Mountain in Manchester, CT courtesy of Wikipedia and Gdisanto (public domain); photo from postcard of Cheney Brothers Mills, South Manchester, 1920, aerial view, courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).


Where to Retire in Manchester and Home Prices

There are active communities in the area (see link at top left).
The median home value in Manchester was $211,019 in mid-2021, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Manchester

There are several shopping malls in Manchester including Manchester The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, an enclosed shopping mall.  There are also at least 3 museums in the Cheney Brothers Historic Districtincluding the Fire Museum. Manchester Community College is located here and is the largest community college in the state.


What Is Not Special about Manchester

Connecticut is not a tax-friendly state;  Manchester's winters are cold and snowy.


Who Will Like Retirement in Manchester

Manchester has a library, a hospital, a very active senior center that offers classes, events, and social services.  There is transportation offered to seniors for shopping and to the Senior Center. 


Local Economy Is Driven by

Finance, insurance, Construction


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 30 degrees, July's average is 74 degrees.  Manchester gets about 37 inches of snow annually.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Manchester has several restaurants and pubs.  There are four museums which include The Fire Museum, and the Cheney Homestead Museum which is the house of the founders of the Cheney Silk Company.  The town is host to the Manchester Road Race which is held every Thanksgiving Day, and has over 10,000 participants.  For all sorts of cultural venues, Hartford is just a few miles away.



Crime in Manchester is just under the national average.

Medical Facilities

Manchester Memorial Hospital is located here.



Bradley International Airport is about 15 minutes away.


Valuable Links

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