Manhattan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 54,832 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 87.84% 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 (14.68%), office and administrative support (11.88%), and management occupations (10.10%).
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.
Because Manhattan has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Manhattan lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Manhattan is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Manhattan people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Not only is Manhattan a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Manhattan a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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 15.76 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
If knowledge is power, Manhattan is a pretty powerful place. 51.69% 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 $27,009, 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 $108,036 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 German, Irish, English, French, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.