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Manchester, New Hampshire: So Hot Right Now

Manchester, New Hampshire is a great place to live and work.

At York IE, we’ve always known this to be true. Our co-founders and I grew up here. We’ve spent most of our careers here. And we chose to start this company here. We’ve worked tirelessly for over a decade to evangelize its relevance through articles in Politico, The New York Times, and more — and the hits keep coming.

Are we biased? Maybe a little! But when it comes to how desirable Manchester is, you don’t have to take our word for it. Take it from two major publications that are singing the Queen City’s praises.

First off, Manchester came in at number 12 on Business Insider’s list of the 25 best cities to start a business in. Why?

“The proximity to local colleges makes Manchester an ideal hub for New England entrepreneurs looking to scoop up top talent.”

Manchester also has the hottest real estate market in the country, according to, thanks to our proximity to Boston (where median home prices are $280,000 higher), plus New Hampshire’s mountains and beaches. And nearby Concord is number two on the list!

Not only do we see Manchester getting national recognition, but we’re seeing serious growth from New Hampshire companies across our portfolio and advisory services clients.

In the past 18 months, we’ve watched Forcivity merge with Jolt Consulting, TorchCo launch out of the Manchester Millyard, Datanomix expand into a new Nashua location, StanData help employers evolve in the new world of hybrid work, and Forcivity named #157 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. We even teamed up with the New Hampshire Tech Alliance to connect all the global tech talent living in the state.

Manchester is as close to Boston as San Jose is to San Francisco. And plans for a long-awaited rail connection will bring Manchester and Boston even closer together. Being part of the Greater Boston technology ecosystem — and pulling together secondary cities like Manchester, Nashua, Salem and Portsmouth, N.H.; Worcester, Mass., Burlington, Vt.; Hartford, Conn.; and Portland, Maine (where York IE has three investments) — really gives us strength in numbers.

Together, we have the opportunity to create New England’s version of Silicon Valley — a region built on the success of sustainable, scalable companies.

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