Manhattan At-a-Glance

Discover the people, places, activities, and events that make The Little Apple the perfect fit for you.

KEY STATISTICS


130,285+

METRO POPULATION

54,604+

POPULATION

23

MEDIAN AGE

95.9%

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE*

51.8%

BACHELOR’S DEGREE*

*Percent of persons age 25 years +

TOP CITY RANKINGS


No. 1 on a list of best Town-Gown Relationships

NO. 3 ON A LIST OF BEST SMALL PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS

TOP 10 BEST PLACES TO RETIRE YOUNG

OTHER RANKINGS

TOP 100 PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA

-LIVABILITY

ONE OF THE TOP 50 COLLEGE TOWNS IN AMERICA

-Best College Reviews

ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLACES TO RETIRE

-Money Magazine

ATTRACTIONS

29

PARKS

160+

MEDIAN RESTAURANTS, BARS AND COFFEE SHOPS

170

MILES OF TRAILS

586

BIKE RACKS

COMMUTES

14.7 MIN

MEAN TRAVEL TIME TO WORK

1 HR

DRIVE TO TOPEKA

2 HR

DRIVE TO KANSAS CITY OR WICHITA

3 HR

DRIVE TO OMAHA

1.5 HR

FLIGHT TO DALLAS

LARGEST EMPLOYERS

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Kansas State University is the leading employer in Manhattan, with more than 6,000 employees on the campus that serves more than 22,795 students. KSU has a vision to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025 and boasts top athletics programs that attract large crowds to the Manhattan area.

FORT RILEY

Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division, known as the “Big Red One,” and employs more than 3,500 civilian personnel.

National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to bring online a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas.

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the nation’s first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. 

KEY PRIVATE EMPLOYERS

COST OF LIVING

$200,400

MEDIAN HOME VALUE

$49,279

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$1,586

MEDIAN SELECTED MONTHLY OWNER COSTS WITH A MORTGAGE

$573

MEDIAN SELECTED MONTHLY OWNER COSTS WITHOUT A MORTGAGE

$908

MEDIAN GROSS RENT

POTT. COUNTY TAXES


State of Kansas sales tax

6.50%

County General Purpose

1.00%

City General Purpose

1.00%

City Street Mainenance

0.20%

City Recreation and Trails

0.25%


Total sales tax rate (2020)

8.95%

RILEY COUNTY TAXES


State of Kansas sales tax

6.50%

County General Purpose

0.50%

County Roads, Bridges & Economic Development

0.50%

City General Purpose

1.00%

City Street Mainenance

0.20%

City Recreation and Trails

0.25%


Total sales tax rate (2020)

8.95%

PURPOSE OF LOCAL TAXES


City Recreation and Trails Tax

In 2017, Manhattan community members voted for a 0.25% sales tax increase to fund indoor recreation facilities, improvements to CiCo park, and trails.

Street Maintenance Sales Tax

In 2016, Manhattan community members voted for a 0.20% sales tax increase to fund street repairs and Safe Routes to School projects.

County Roads, Bridges, and Economic Development Sales Tax

In 2012, Manhattan community members voted for a 0.5% sales tax increase in Riley County to fund county roads, bridges, and economic development initiatives. It expires in 2022.

Economic Recovery & Relief Sales Tax (Starting 2023)

In 2020, Manhattan community members voted for a 0.5% sales tax increase in Pottawatomie County for debt and infrastructure, economic development, and workforce housing starting in 2023. It will expire in 2033.