Manhattan, KS
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Manhattan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 56,308 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.

Unlike some cities, Manhattan isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Manhattan are a mix of both white- and blue-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 quite a few people in the armed forces living in Manhattan, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

Manhattan is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Manhattan have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Manhattan’s economy is one such example of this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Manhattan spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.30 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Manhattan. 50.20% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.