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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Manchester Center, Vermont

Manchester Center is home to an unthinkable number of 98 summits! It is a small village in western Vermont, well known for its outlet stores and boutiques. The population is just over 2,000. The Manchester Village Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Photo of Bennington County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Skeezix1000.

Where to Retire in Manchester Center and Home Prices

You can live in Manchester Center, the nearby village of Manchester, or in one of the active adult communities in the region (see link at right).
Prices have been volatile in recent years. Zillow reports the median home value in Manchester Center was $261,100 in mid-2019.

What Is Special about Manchester Center

Manchester is the regional shopping center for this part of Vermont.  The beauty and recreation offered by the Green Mountains is excellent, it attracts retirees and tourists alike. The Village of Manchester historic district is very appealing.

What Is Not Special about Manchester Center

Cold winters and the distance to a major city are negatives. Cost of housing is high due to demand by wealthy weekenders.

Climate and Physical Environment

Manchester is in the Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont. Dorset is nearby. The average July high is 79 and the average Jan. low is 8. The wettest month is May (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are local festivals and artists.


Manchester has a very low crime rate.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals within 20 miles.


Rutland has a regional airport about 30 miles away.  The nearest international airport is about 125 miles away in Hartford, Connecticut.

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