Manhattan is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,546 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Manhattan is the 282nd largest community in Illinois. Manhattan has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Manhattan, where the median household income is $86,536.00.
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 office and administrative support (14.08%), teaching (11.70%), and sales jobs (10.18%).
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.
One downside of living in Manhattan is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Manhattan, the average commute to work is 32.97 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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 33.78% 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 $30,462, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,848 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 Spanish and Chinese.