Manchester is located in south-central New Hampshire along the Merrimack River, 20 miles from the Massachusetts border and 58 miles from Boston.
Manchester's nickname is the "Queen City". A state's queen city is the city with the largest population in the state but not the capital city of that state. The unofficial motto (based on a recent Chamber of Commerce contest) is "Where History Invites Opportunity".
As the largest City in New Hampshire, Manchester has been frequented by most every candidate for President, going back to the days of Abraham Lincoln, and continuing through to the current President of the United States. In 1991, the City's inhabitants suffered the effects of the closing of four major banks and now boasts of a new civic center, active downtown, shopping malls, historic and cultural activities, quality educational programs and good neighborhoods. Manchester has been reported by magazines such as US News & World Report. and Money Magazine as "One of the Top Ten Cities to Live In", sixth "Best Place to Live in America," "Best Small City to Live in the East," and "Manchester's Business Climate Ranked No. 1 in the U.S."
According to Manchester's Charter, a Board of Mayor and Aldermen governs this City. While considered a strong mayoral form of government, the Board holds much power on policy and budget. The Board has consistently endeavored and succeeded in supporting growth of the City with quality of life for its residents. There are twelve wards in the City, which elect the local and state governmental representatives.