The Manchester and The Mountains Region
Size: The town of Manchester includes 26,500 acres with 16,000 acres in forest and mountain land. Manchester is a little larger than the traditional six mile square dimensions of Vermont towns and contains 42.67 square miles.
Population: Year round population of Manchester is approximately 3,622. In the Manchester and the Mountains area, approximately a 17 mile radius around Manchester, there is a population of 23,600. The area is a popular four season resort and attracts many visitors and second home owners, so that the population appears greater than it is.
Manchester is the largest of nine towns in the Northshire of Bennington County. Bennington County is the only county in Vermont with two county seats, (probate districts). There are, therefore, two courthouses, one in Manchester Village and one in Bennington, which is the largest town in the county. The population of Bennington County is 35,848. State population is 562,758 as of the 1990 census.
Elevation: Almost a quarter of Manchester is above 2,000 feet in altitude, while a little less than half is below 1,000 feet above sea level. These are important factors influencing climate and precipitation. The elevation at Bennington County Court House, Manchester Village, is 700 feet above sea level. Mt. Equinox in the Taconic Range is at 3,816 feet, the highest mountain in the town and in Bennington County.
Climate: Summers are short and moderate with an average temperature of 61 degrees. Winters are long and cold, but not severe, with an average temperature of 28 degrees. Spring and Autumn feature cool nights and warm days. Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 30 degrees in Winter to a high of 80 degrees in Summer. The monthly low average temperatures range between 10 and 56 degrees. Precipitation is 3 inches plus per month with an average annual rainfall of 52 inches. A blanket of 15 inches of snow is normal with accumulation in the higher elevations of 60 to 70 inches. Topography variations make for a diversity of weather conditions in the area.