Quiet Michigan Countryside Meets a World of Small-Town Charm

It might seem like just a small town, but Manchester, MI is filled with plenty of charm you won't find anywhere else! The community spirit of this little town is utterly undeniable—from fireworks in July to summer concerts and farmers markets to Christmas in the Village. Though it’s located just 30 minutes outside of Downtown Ann Arbor, this village is a world unto its own, one where quaint downtown shops and businesses meet lush parks and quiet countryside homes. If you're looking for small-town charm with a short drive to big-city opportunity, then Manchester might be the place for you.

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Spotlights of Manchester

Community Events

Manchester residents enjoy exciting community events all year round! Head out for a July 4th picnic, take a Christmas Home Tour, dine delectably at the annual Chicken Broil, or celebrate culture at the Riverfolk Festival. And don’t forget the local farmers markets, weekly summer concerts in the park, or the Canoe Races!

Parks & Recreation

The Village of Manchester is home to four local parks: Carr, Kirk, Wurster, and Chi-Bro. Among them, these parks offer just about every amenity imaginable—picnic lawns and pavilions, grills, ball fields, sports courts, playgrounds, ponds and streams, cross-country trails, even ice rinks! Many of Manchester’s most popular events even take place in some of these parks.

Community Organizations

This connected community is home to a variety of organizations, which provide leisure activities and events. These include Sportsman’s Club, a community brass band, the Optimist Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Historical Society… and many more.

Manchester at a Glance

Getting Around

Ann Arbor: 30 minutes
Ann Arbor Municipal Airport: 25 minutes
Detroit: 1 hr 20 min
Highways: MI-52, US-12, I-94


Population (2014): 2,163
Population Growth Since 2000: +0.1%
Zip Code: 48158
County: Washtenaw
Mean Home Price (2013): $236,365

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Living in Manchester

The Homes

Manchester offers a diverse housing market comprising primarily single-family homes. Pricing ranges from the low $100,000s to well over $1 million—so there really is a home for every buyer. The area also offers a number of large-acreage properties, including recreational, waterfront, and developable land.

The Jobs

Manchester might be a small town, but it’s actually located quite close to some of the area’s top companies. It’s just a 30 minute drive from both Ann Arbor and nearby Jackson, so it’s an easy commute to either city. Top employers in the area include the University of Michigan, Trinity Health, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and Faurecia North America.

The Schools

Public school students in Manchester are served by Manchester Community Schools, a small district of just under 1,000 students. The district comprises one elementary school, Luther C. Klager Elementary, one middle school, Riverside Intermediate, and one high school, Manchester High.

The Amenities

It might be a small village, but Manchester still has a lot to offer. Plenty of local eateries and unique shops line Main Street of Downtown Manchester. There are small grocery stores and a pharmacy, several banks, and a wealth of businesses and services. There’s even a local post office, the Village Tap Bar (for a little after-dark entertainment), and a district library.

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