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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.00%), office and administrative support (10.73%), and sales jobs (10.03%).

Manhattan is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Manhattan, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

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.

One of the benefits of Manhattan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.05 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Manhattan is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Manhattan area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Manhattan. 52.22% 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 $25,510, 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 $102,040 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.