Manhattan, KS
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Manhattan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 54,983 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Manhattan is the eighth largest community in Kansas.

Manhattan real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, 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 city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Manhattan who work in teaching (14.35%), office and administrative support (11.35%), and sales jobs (10.11%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Manhattan. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Because Manhattan has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Manhattan lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Manhattan is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Manhattan people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

One of the benefits of Manhattan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.30 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Manhattan is a pretty powerful place. 50.20% of the adults in Manhattan have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Manhattan in 2010 was $24,097, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,388 for a family of four. However, Manhattan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Manhattan is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Irish, English, Swedish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.