Manchester, a small city in Connecticut, has a population of slightly more than 30,000. It's a great place to set out on your own, as young professionals make up a higher percentage of the population here (18%) than nationally (15%). Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 37, is younger than most cities in Connecticut. Home ownership is more common than renting in Manchester, and 45% of residents rent. The average rent of $1,101 per month is roughly on par with the state average.
Manchester has an average commute time of about 25 minutes, outperforming the state average of about 27 minutes. Many residents (46%) commute to work by car, while public transportation isn't extensively used. Few commuters (2%) walk to work, though the number does exceed the national average.
There are two primary industries in Manchester: retail and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 18% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the city. Manchester workers earn an average annual income of just over $67,000, less than the average Connecticut resident. The city's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Compared to the Connecticut average, Manchester has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 with an Associate's degree (6%). Further, 19% have a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree.