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Manchester, Michigan
Village of Manchester
Downtown Manchester along Main Street
Downtown Manchester along Main Street
Location within Washtenaw County
Location within Washtenaw County
Manchester, Michigan is located in Michigan
Manchester, Michigan
Manchester, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Washtenaw
Township Manchester
Platted 1826
Incorporated 1867
 • Type Village council
 • Total 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Land 2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
899 ft (274 m)
 • Total 2,037
 • Density 905.33/sq mi (349.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-50660
GNIS feature ID 0631375

Manchester is a village in Manchester Township within Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,037 at the 2020 United States census.

Chicago Road

In 1824 the United States Congress passed the General Survey Act, intended to create and maintain military roads through what was then the west of the country. One third of the funds allocated went to build a road between the strategic army posts of Detroit and Fort Dearborn, at the little town of Chicago. Known as the Chicago Road, it followed the old Sauk Trail and opened the entire area for settlement.

Also in 1824, the land around today's Manchester was surveyed by John Mack, who noted it as being "a good mill seat." John Gilbert, who had recently completed work on sections of the Erie Canal, agreed with John Mack, and on May 10, 1826 he purchased 80 acres (32 ha) of land along the Raisin River at that location.

Early village history

Originally from upstate New York, John Gilbert resettled to Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1831. In 1832, he decided to turn his attention to the extensive land tracts he held in the area. He commissioned the construction of a grist mill along the Raisin River upon the land he had purchased in 1826. The original plat of the village of Manchester was prepared by surveyor Hiram Burnham and dated 1833, but was not formally filed until March 25, 1835. The location was chosen to take advantage of water power from the river and named after Manchester, New York.


In 1833, James Soule purchased a large tract of land about 1-mile (1.6 km) downstream from Manchester. He built a small settlement he named Soulesville. Though the two settlements initially competed against each other, on March 16, 1867, both settlements were incorporated into the village of Manchester. The Manchester Village Office and Manchester Public Library are located on the site of the former settlement.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.24 square miles (5.80 km2), of which 2.12 square miles (5.49 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,156
1890 1,191 3.0%
1900 1,209 1.5%
1910 1,047 −13.4%
1920 1,024 −2.2%
1930 1,037 1.3%
1940 1,100 6.1%
1950 1,388 26.2%
1960 1,568 13.0%
1970 1,650 5.2%
1980 1,686 2.2%
1990 1,753 4.0%
2000 2,160 23.2%
2010 2,091 −3.2%
2019 (est.) 2,154 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,091 people, 938 households, and 570 families living in the village. The population density was 986.3 inhabitants per square mile (380.8/km2). There were 1,029 housing units at an average density of 485.4 per square mile (187.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 938 households, of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the village was 41.3 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Arts and culture

The annual Manchester Chicken Broil serves approximately 12,000 broiled chicken meals over a four-hour span; it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013.

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
Aerial view of Manchester

The Manchester Schools mascot is the Flying Dutchman; the school colors are maroon and gold. The school won the 2013 Class C Girls Basketball State Championship, the only MHSAA title for the school. In 1993, the Manchester football team made it to the Class C State Championship game, but lost to Iron Mountain.

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

Weekly events and historical information are regularly published in the Manchester Enterprise (founded 1867), Manchester's oldest and only newspaper.

Location scouts have taken advantage of Manchester's "old town" feeling. The Carrier (1988) was filmed in Manchester, as was Flipped (2010).


Notable people

  • Fernando C. Beaman, US Congressman
  • Nick Davis, former NFL wide receiver, born in Manchester and played football for Manchester High School
  • Cub Koda, lead singer of Brownsville Station, best known for the 1973 hit song "Smokin' in the Boys Room", which was later covered by Mötley Crüe, graduated from Manchester High School
  • John Swainson, the 42nd governor of Michigan (1961–1963) as well as Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (1971–1975), resided in Manchester from the mid-1970s until his death in 1994.

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