Mankato, MN
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Mankato is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 41,044 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Mankato is the 21st largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mankato is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mankato is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mankato who work in office and administrative support (12.81%), sales jobs (12.53%), and food service (10.08%).

Because Mankato 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 Mankato lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Mankato 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 Mankato people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

One of the benefits of Mankato is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.70 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.

The population of Mankato is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.35% of adults in Mankato have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mankato in 2010 was $23,626, which is lower middle income relative to Minnesota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,504 for a family of four. However, Mankato contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Mankato is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mankato home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mankato residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mankato include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Mankato is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.