Manchester continues to rank in the Top 10 for various accolades regarding our friendly small business, startup, and entrepreneurial environment! See some of the city's most recent rankings, accolades, and press below!

Tech Jobs, Cheaper Housing: The New Silicon Cities

The Wall Street Journal

"Manchester, a city of 110,000 people that is an hour’s drive from Boston, is replacing long-gone manufacturing jobs by reinventing itself as a tech center. With a quaint, New England vibe and no sales or income tax, the city added 2,000 technology jobs in the last two years, which increases the number of tech jobs to 7,200, according to Matt Cookson, executive director of the nonprofit New Hampshire High Tech Council."

Photo: Tony Luong for The Wall Street Journal

How a 19th-Century Town Became a New Millennium Marvel

Politico Magazine

Manchester was recently covered by Politico Magazine in an article titled, "How a 19th-Century Town Became a Millennium Marvel." Featured in the article were: Dyn, Manchester Historic Association, University of New Hampshire-Manchester, Union Leader, DEKA, Brady Sullivan, Autodesk, Retrieve Technologies, GYK Antler, The Foundry, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the See Scince Center, and Intown Manchester!


 Illustration by Politico/Photo by Manchester Historic Association

#1 City for Startups in the USA

The Fiscal Times

"This small city received A+ grades on six out of the 11 categories measured in the survey, and received an A- or better in all but one category, training & networking, in which it received a B+. One Manchester business owner who runs a house cleaning service was quoted in the survey saying, “I find many agencies in New Hampshire to be helpful resources when trying to start/establish a business and continue operating.”


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#1 Small Business Friendly City in the Country


"A+ Overall Friendliness

A+ Ease of Starting a Business

A- Ease of Hiring"


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#2 Most Coffee Obsessed City in the U.S.

Men's Health

"The study examined the “percentage of households that own coffeemakers and buy coffee; household average spent on coffee; coffee shops per capita; percentage of people who drink coffee and who drink five-plus cups a day." Manchester has no shortage of great coffee shops throughout its Downtown!

#5 City in the Country for Millennial Entrepreneurs

Fast Company

"Both Nashville, Tennessee, and Manchester, New Hampshire, also topped the list for the best places to find a job in tech, thanks to hosting some of the largest players in the industry such as Nashville’s Vanderbilt University research center, and HP and Dell locations in [the] Manchester [area]."

Top 5 Coolest College Town in New England

Campus News

"Locally owned coffee shops, vintage thrift stores and a strong tie to the arts community make Manchester a city of opportunity in any field. So, it’s no wonder that students are sticking around the city after graduation."

#9 Most Underrated City for Millennials

Conde Nast

"Why should Millennials brave the bitter winters to live in New Hampshire’s biggest city, home to a third of the state’s residents? For one, it came in at the very top of Forbes’ list of Best Cheap Cities, and it can offer what few other metropolitan areas can: a job. Manchester’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in the fall of 2014, compared to 5.9 percent nationally; hospitals and banks were the biggest employers. At one time the town was known for its textile mills, but the old mill buildings have become chic condos, and the futuristic Segway company launched here."


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