Manhattan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 54,604 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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Manhattan is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Manhattan who work in teaching (14.13%), office and administrative support (11.19%), and sales jobs (9.80%).
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.
Also of interest is that Manhattan has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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.
Not only is Manhattan a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Manhattan is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Manhattan a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.69 minutes getting to work every day.
If knowledge is power, Manhattan is a pretty powerful place. 51.92% 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 2018 was $26,640, which is middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,560 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Manhattan include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.