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, Mankato isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mankato are a mix 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 sales jobs (14.38%), office and administrative support (13.61%), and food service (9.61%).

Mankato 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 Mankato 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. Mankato’s economy is one such example of this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Mankato spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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: 34.33% of adults in Mankato have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mankato in 2010 was $23,249, 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 $92,996 for a family of four. However, Mankato contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 African languages and Spanish.