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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Manhattan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.70%), office and administrative support (11.78%), and sales jobs (10.31%).
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.
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.
In addition, Manhattan is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Manhattan culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Manhattan really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Manhattan every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Manhattan. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Manhattan benefits directly from this.
One of the benefits of Manhattan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.73 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. 51.72% 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 $24,323, 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 $97,292 for a family of four. However, Manhattan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Manhattan is a somewhat 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 Irish, English, Swedish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.