Manhattan, KS
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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 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.

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, 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.

One of the benefits of Manhattan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.76 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.

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 51.69% 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 $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.