Manhattan is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,400 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Manhattan is the 282nd largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Manhattan was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Manhattan economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Manhattan, where the median household income is $81,445.00.
Manhattan real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Manhattan house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Manhattan is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Manhattan is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Manhattan who work in teaching (13.33%), office and administrative support (12.74%), and sales jobs (9.64%).
Because of many things, Manhattan is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Manhattan really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Manhattan perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Manhattan, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.99 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Manhattan is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The overall education level of Manhattan citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.73% of adults in Manhattan have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Manhattan in 2010 was $30,120, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,480 for a family of four.
The people who call Manhattan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Manhattan residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Manhattan include German, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Gujarathi and Spanish.