Manchester, Connecticut Statistic: Population, Charts, Map, Steets and More

The city of Manchester is located in England, and it is also known as the "shock city" of its age. Its rise came about because of the unprecedented urban growth revealed by the national censuses of 1831 and 1841. The rising population impressed its contemporaries, and the population in Manchester tripled between the two censuses, making it four times larger by 1851. Although there were many reasons for this increase in population, none were as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

The city was once heavily dependent on the textile industry, but has since become more diversified. The city's economy is now centered around more than 200 manufacturing companies, and more than 85 percent of its workforce is employed by sales, finance, or service companies. Manchester is a major insurance center north of Boston, and is home to some of the area's largest savings institutions. Its Economic Development Office helps companies relocate to Manchester.

In addition to being a hub of industry, Manchester is also a thriving city of music. It was the site of the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002. Many sources praised the city for hosting the games. However, Manchester failed twice to host the Olympic Games, losing out on the bids for the Atlanta Games in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. It did, however, manage to attract many musicians and other cultural institutions to the city.