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Living a College Town Lifestyle in North Manchester, Indiana

North Manchester is the home of Manchester College, a small, liberal arts campus (1,000 students) with many events that residents attend. There are also many opportunities to volunteer on campus, at the library, and in the community. North Manchester had just under 6,000 residents in 2008, rendering it a small, classic college town. The town is located in north-central Indiana.

Aerial photo of North Manchester courtesy and per license of Wikipedia and Derek Jensen.

Where to Retire in North Manchester and Home Prices

There is at least one retirement community in the area (see Active Communities link at top right). Zillow reports the median home value was $123,094 in early 2020, with prices steadily rising since 2015.

What Is Special about North Manchester

North Manchester, named "Small Town USA" by ABC's Good Morning America. Martin Luther King gave the last speech he would give on a college campus at Manchester College here.  The town is an exceptionally low cost place to retire. Crime is low.

What Is Not Special about North Manchester

It's a small town in the midwest, which won't appeal to a lot of people.

Climate and Physical Environment

North Manchester is located in North Central Indiana in Wabash County. The average July high temperature is 83 and the average January low is 14. The wettest month is June.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

North Manchester provides its residents an excellent library, good schools, friendly churches and a quality of life. Manchester College is important to the cultural life of the town.


Crime is very low in North Manchester

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Wabash and Warsaw, about 16 miles distant.


 Fulton County airport

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