Manchester, New Hampshire's "Queen City" (a nickname given to the largest non-capital city in a state), is the most populous new England city north of Boston. In the 19th century it was the site of the nation's largest cotton textile mill. The 19th century affluence left behind some of the finest Victorian commercial, municipal, and residential architecture in the state.
Today, the mills and the entire downtown area are experiencing a resurgence. The Amoskeag Mills, situated between the Merrimack River and downtown, are home to hundreds of businesses which have spurred the local economy. Downtown Manchester is a bustling city center, with over 60 restaurants and sidewalk cafes, 20 nightclubs and bars, many local shops, and many parks and museums. In 2001, the Verizon Wireless Center, a 10,000 plus seat arena, brought major events back to the city, as well as the Manchester Monarchs, an NHL affiliate team. In 2005, Merchantsauto.com stadium was built just down the street in the Millyard area, home to the Minor League New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team.
Manchester's has many lovely and diverse neighborhoods (see below). It's suburbs enjoy quick access to all of the amenities Manchester offers - shopping, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment,, businesses, etc. Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Bedford, and Goffstown all touch Manchester's borders. They each have their own feel, but offer a quieter suburban experience from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.