Manhattan, KS
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Living in Manhattan


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%).

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.

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.

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 16.05 minutes getting to work every day.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Manhattan is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Manhattan, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Manhattan, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Manhattan is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.22% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.