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Approximately 50,000 residents call "The Little Apple®" home, and recognize the unique characteristics this community features. Manhattan, Kansas, located in the heart of northeast Kansas' scenic Flint Hills, was recently noted as one of the "Top 10 Places to Retire Young" by Money magazine and serves as the regional area leader in healthcare, education, trade, entertainment, and communication.

Life in The Little Apple®

Recently named as one of the "50 Best Places to Live" by Men's Journal, and listed in the "Top 25 Best Commuting Times" by Money magazine, Manhattan offers beautiful homes, both old and new, to suit any budget. With a cost of living below the national average, and the excellent quality of life, citizens find the pace of life rewarding and productive.

With temperatures ranging from 20 to 40 degrees in the winter and 75 to 95 degrees in the late spring and summer seasons, Manhattan residents are able to take advantage of outdoor activities all year round.

Education at its Finest

Recently, the state of Kansas was ranked as one of the Top 10 states for quality education, and ranked among the Top 5 for quality higher education. The large percentage of population with college degrees in Kansas also positions the state among the Top 10 within this category.USD 383 reaches academic excellence through nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, as well as preschool and adult learning opportunities. The Manhattan School District was recently listed as one of the top ten most successful schools in Kansas, and was ranked in the "Top Five for Education" among military families living throughout the United States.

Additional education options include Flint Hills Christian School, providing students a Christ-centered, challenging academic program, and Manhattan Catholic Schools, offering a thorough and comprehensive academic program while preparing students to become responsible Christian disciples.

Kansas State University, the first college in America to be officially designated a land-grant school, is a comprehensive university and a major center of teaching, research, and service with an enrollment of nearly 23,000 students in its eight colleges. An award-winning library, exceptional research facilities, internships, and study-abroad opportunities allow students to achieve their academic and career goals. KSU is positioned as one of the nation's "cutting-edge" schools, according to a guidebook that pinpoints today's popular majors and the innovative colleges that offer them. KSU is also nationally recognized among state universities as the top school in its total of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986, and was the only school in the Big 12 Conference to be featured in Kaplan Publishing's You Are Here: A Guide to Over 380 Colleges and Unlimited Paths to Your Future. 

In addition to being an international mix of cultures, KSU offers many education, recreational, and athletic attractions, including the prestigious Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues.


Find out why the residents call the city "Manhappiness", and enjoy the 150 Things To Do In and Around Manhattan!

Well over one hundred restaurants please the palates of Manhattan citizens and visitors. Whether it is a specific ethnic variety, fine dining, or fast food, Manhattan entertains all types of tastes. The Little Apple® also offers evening entertainment with an array of nightlife throughout the city.

Traditional to innovative - endless shopping opportunities await you in The Little Apple®. Whether visiting historic Aggieville, the Manhattan Town Center, beautiful downtown, or any of the other many shopping districcts, you'll find something truly unique in Manhattan.Fine Arts Manhattan is oftentimes referred to as the "Center of Culture" for the abundance of art and entertainment available. Manhattan offers private art galleries, professional artists, arts educators and presenters as well as theatrical productions. You will also find several annual events, including Country Stampede, a three day event featuring some of the most popular stars in country music, and Arts in the Park, for all Manhattan residents to enjoy. View all special events at the Manhattan Area Arts & Humanities Coalition.

Outdoors & Sports
Staying active is a way of life and a priority in the Manhattan community. Many residents participate in amateur sports, or practice their swing on one of the many golf courses in the community and surrounding area. Colbert Hills golf course, the first PGA Collegiate and an Audubon Signature Gold course, opened in the spring of 2000 in partnership with Kansas State University, and has been an outstanding success in the Manhattan community. You'll find many Manhattan residents spending the day at Sunset Zoo, an AZA accredited zoo, overlooking the beautiful Flint Hills or visiting one of the area's public parks for recreation for all ages. An exceptional trail system, suitable for biking or walking and accessible to people with disabilities, is nine miles in length and highly supported by the Manhattan community.

Prosperous Business Economy
Manhattan boasts a vibrant and stable economy located in the center of a bustling college community. Whether by plane, train, truck, or cyberspace, the central location of Manhattan allows businesses to service their clients anywhere in the world.

Manhattan's Major Employers

Mercy Regional Health Center
Manko Window Systems
McCall Pattern Company
PepsiCo Beverage & Foods
GTM Sportswear

City of Manhattan 
Kansas State University
Manhattan Public Schools 
Parker-Hannifin Corporation 


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