Manchester, California

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census-designated place
Manchester is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°58′13″N 123°41′17″W / 38.97028°N 123.68806°W / 38.97028; -123.68806Coordinates: 38°58′13″N 123°41′17″W / 38.97028°N 123.68806°W / 38.97028; -123.68806
Country  United States
State  California
County Mendocino
 • Total 2.618 sq mi (6.781 km2)
 • Land 2.618 sq mi (6.781 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 85 ft (26 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 195
 • Density 74/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 707
GNIS feature IDs 1659043; 2628754
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manchester, California; U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manchester, California

Manchester is a census-designated place[3] in Mendocino County, California.[2] It is located 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Point Arena,[4] at an elevation of 85 feet (26 m).[2] The population was 195 at the 2010 census.


The Manchester post office opened in 1871, closed in 1876, and re-opened in 1877.[4] The place was named after Manchester, England, an early settler's former home.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), all of it land.


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Manchester has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[5]


The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Manchester had a population of 195. The population density was 74.5 people per square mile (28.8/km²). The racial makeup of Manchester was 151 (77.4%) White, 0 (0.0%) African American, 4 (2.1%) Native American, 1 (0.5%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 29 (14.9%) from other races, and 10 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 48 persons (24.6%).

The Census reported that 195 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 79 households, out of which 23 (29.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 38 (48.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 7 (8.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 4 (5.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 8 (10.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (1.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 25 households (31.6%) were made up of individuals and 7 (8.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47. There were 49 families (62.0% of all households); the average family size was 3.02.

The population was spread out with 50 people (25.6%) under the age of 18, 12 people (6.2%) aged 18 to 24, 42 people (21.5%) aged 25 to 44, 60 people (30.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 31 people (15.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.

There were 104 housing units at an average density of 39.7 per square mile (15.3/km²), of which 45 (57.0%) were owner-occupied, and 34 (43.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 6.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.9%. 114 people (58.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 81 people (41.5%) lived in rental housing units.


In the state legislature, Manchester is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Noreen Evans,[7] and the 2nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Wesley Chesbro.[8]

Federally, Manchester is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manchester, California
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manchester, California
  4. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 101. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Manchester, California
  6. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  7. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.