North Manchester, Indiana

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North Manchester is a town in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, United States. Peter Ogan, acting as the town’s proprietor filed for recording the 'Original Plat of Manchester' on February 13, 1837. The population was 6,046 at the 2006 census.



North Manchester is located at 41°0′14″N 85°46′21″W / 41.00389°N 85.7725°W / 41.00389; -85.7725 (41.003951, -85.772573)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), all of it land.


In the early 20th century, automobiles were made here by the DeWitt Motor Company. On February 1, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech at Manchester College. It was the last time he spoke at a college campus. Robert F. Kennedy also visited Manchester College during his 1968 presidential campaign. Other international visitors during that same decade include Duke Ellington, Buckminster Fuller, Ralph Nader, and Ramsey Lewis (whose concert was cut short by a bomb scare).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,260 people, 2,192 households, and 1,374 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,735.5 people per square mile (669.5/km²). There were 2,327 housing units at an average density of 645.1/sq mi (248.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.15% White, 0.93% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

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