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Manchester, Michigan
—  Village  —
Location of Manchester, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°8′58″N 84°2′2″W / 42.14944°N 84.03389°W / 42.14944; -84.03389
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
 - Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 - Land 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,160
 - Density 1,201.8/sq mi (464.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48158
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-50660[1]
GNIS feature ID 0631375[2]

Manchester is a village in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,160 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Manchester Township.



The original plat of Manchester Village was prepared by surveyor Hiram Burnham for John Gilbert and dated 1833. The location was chosen to take advantage of water power from the River Raisin and named after Manchester, New York.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (5.26%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,160 people, 900 households, and 584 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,201.8 per square mile (463.3/km²). There were 949 housing units at an average density of 528.0/sq mi (203.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.24% White, 0.37% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 900 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $46,974, and the median income for a family was $56,875. Males had a median income of $43,438 versus $27,396 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,113. About 4.3% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil serves approximately 12,000 broiled chicken meals over a four hour span; it will celebrate its 57th anniversary in 2010.

The Manchester Area Historical Society publishes an annual calendar and a web site with articles on the early days of Manchester.

More Information

Manchester, MI

The public school mascot is the flying dutchmen, which of course are a pair of winged wooden shoes; the school colors are maroon and gold.

During the mid-late 1880s, Manchester was the home of Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

Weekly events and historical information are regularly published in the Manchester Enterprise, Manchester's oldest & only newspaper, founded in 1867 and found at

The Carrier, 1988, was filmed in Manchester. [[1]]

Famous Residents

  • Former NFL Wide Receiver Nick Davis was born in Manchester and played football for Manchester High School.

Coordinates: 42°09′01″N 84°02′16″W / 42.15028°N 84.03778°W / 42.15028; -84.03778

  • John Swainson, the 42nd Governor of the State of Michigan (1961-1963) as well as Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court (1971-1975), resided in Manchester from the mid-1970s until his death in 1994. He lived on a country road in Bridgewater Township just east of the Village, in a large home that he nicknamed "The Hustings" (Husting). He was well-known in the community and many were honored to call him their friend. He could be found most mornings at the Village Bakery, sitting at a table with the men of the community, discussing politics—both national and state politics as well as matters important only in the Village! He was also very active in the Manchester Historical Society, attending meetings and delighting members and visitors alike with his charm and friendliness.
  • Bill Shurtliff [2], an artist perhaps best known for his popular pen and ink drawings of scenes of the campus of the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor area, has resided in Manchester since 1987. He lives in the Village and has a studio in his home. Most recently Bill's artwork has appeared as illustrations in a series of Catholic children's books authored by Dianne Ahern [3].


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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