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City Redistricting

The Manchester City Charter requires that ward lines divide the city into twelve wards of equal population as is practicable.  To achieve that goal, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen must review the federal census data every ten years to determine if redistricting is necessary.  In late September, 2021, census data was released to communities across the state and Manchester began a thorough review of that data over the ensuing six weeks. 

The Queen City's population blossomed to 115,644 residents in 2020 from 109,565 in 2010.  Of note, wards 3, 11, and 12 saw significant increases over the last decade.  As we look to the objective in any redistricting process, we must first establish the ideal population distribution across all wards based on the total population of the city; current data in Manchester suggests that would be 9,637 residents in each of our twelve wards.  The most daunting task in the process is to then make necessary adjustments to ward boundaries given that some wards need additional residents to fall within a reasonable deviation of that ideal population number while other wards need to reduce their population numbers to arrive closer to the ideal number and, most importantly, adjust those boundaries using easily identifiable physical features such as streets, railroad tracks, and surface waters.

On December 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., the Board of Mayor & Aldermen will hold a public hearing on the proposed redistricting results in order to finalize Manchester's ward boundaries.  The public is welcome to attend the hearing in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall. Comments on the proposal are welcome from residents who wish to provide feedback.  A comprehensive explanation of the process and results of this review may be found below in the 2020 Census Redistricting Report.  You will also find the existing/proposed ward line adjustments for each individual ward in a clear, individual color map among the following list: