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Overview

Introduction to Manhattan, Kansas

Located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Big Blue and Kansas rivers is the city of Manhattan, county seat of Riley County. Known as the "Little Apple" (in deference to its larger namesake in New York), Manhattan is situated 56 miles west of Topeka, 85 miles west of Lawrence, and 120 miles west of Kansas City. The city is notable for being the home of both Kansas State University and the Fort Riley Army Base. Also located here are Manhattan Area Technical College and Manhattan Christian College.

First settled in 1855 by settlers from the Northeast, Manhattan was incorporated in 1857, just four years prior to the State of Kansas being admitted into the Union. At that time, local citizens began a lobbying effort to try to get a state university established in the city. In 1863, these efforts came to fruition when the Kansas legislature established Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan. In later years, the name of the institution was changed to Kansas State University.

Arts and Entertainment in Manhattan

The Manhattan area boasts a number of cultural and recreational attractions. Some of the most popular are the following:

  • Country Stampede Music Festival: Held in mid-June, this is the largest annual music festival in Kansas
  • Tuttle Creek State Park & Lake: Offers 15,000 acres of boating, water-skiing, fishing and hunting
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course: The nation's first PGA Collegiate course
  • The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art: Houses Kansas State’s permanent art collection, numbering approximately 1,400 works
  • Damon Runyon Birthplace: Honoring the "Inventor of Broadway", the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Riley County Fair: Held in late July, the fair includes The Kaw Valley Rodeo, where nationally-ranked bull riders and bronc-busters compete
  • Arts in the Park: A summertime event which brings the performing arts to the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park
  • Country Stampede: A country music festival held during the last weekend of June each year
  • Oz Museum: Located in nearby Wamego, the museum houses one of the largest private collections of Oz memorabilia in the world
  • Goodnow House: Furnished home of Isaac Goodnow, a founder of Manhattan and Kansas State University, built in 1861 and now a state historic site
  • Milford Lake: Kansa’s largest lake is a 30-minute drive west of Manhattan
  • Marianna Beach Art Museum
  • Kansas State University Gardens
  • Konza Prairie Research Natural Area
  • Riley County Historical Museum
  • American Museum of Baking
  • Sunset Zoo
  • Historic Fort Riley
  • Blaine Thomas Musical Museum
  • The Columbian Theatre Museum & Art Center (Wamego)
  • McCain Auditorium & Nichols Theatre
  • Wolf House Museum
  • The Randolph State Park Horse and Hiking Trails

For sports fans, Manhattan offers collegiate athletics at its finest. The Kansas State University Wildcats field NCAA Division 1A teams in several different sports and since 1997 have competed in the Big 12 Conference. In prior years, the University has belonged to the Missouri Valley Conference (1913 to 1928), the Big Six Conference (1928 to 1947), the Big Seven Conference (1947 to 1958), and the Big Eight Conference (1958 to 1996). During that time span, Wildcat teams have racked up over 50 Conference Championships.

Professional sports fans willing to get on Interstate 70 to take the two-hour drive east to Kansas City (Missouri) will be rewarded with plenty of major league action. Teams located in Kansas City include baseball's Kansas City Royals (MLB), football's Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), and soccer's Kansas City Wizards (MLS). All three teams play their games at the Truman Sports Complex, situated about 10 miles from the Kansas-Missouri state line.

Auto racing fans can avoid crossing the Missouri border and instead take the slightly shorter drive east to the "other" Kansas City (Kansas City, Kansas), where the Kansas Speedway hosts races from several major circuits. Fans taking an even shorter drive (about an hour) to Topeka can watch National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing events which take place at Heartland Park Topeka.

Demographics

People

Total Population55,909
Male Share of the Population51.5%
Female Share of the Population48.5%
Senior Citizens7.8%
Employed Population 16+30,414
Age of the Population25

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher52.2%
Median Earnings25+$36,046
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,762
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,762

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,141
% Above Poverty Level75.1%
% Below Poverty Level24.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone32.7%
Median Gross Rent$882
Median House Value$190,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.2%
Irish11%
English10.4%
Swedish3.1%
French Except Basque2.7%
Italian2.5%
Polish2.4%
Dutch2.2%
Scottish2.1%
Norwegian1.7%
Russian1.2%
Welsh1.2%
Czech1.2%
Arab1.2%
Danishn0.7%
African0.6%
Iraqi0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
German0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Manhattan Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riley County
Standard Zip Codes66502, 66503, 66506
P.O. Box Zip Codes66505
Phone Area Codes785
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.19
Approximate Longitude-96.59

Manhattan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMANHATTAN
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 93 F
Oct Temp43 to 71 F
Annual Precip34.8 inches
StationTUTTLE CREEK LAKE
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 90 F
Oct Temp41 to 69 F
Annual Precip32 inches
StationMILFORD LAKE
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp43 to 69 F
Annual Precip32.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Grandview Plaza2,214$43,276
Ogden1,919$32,652
Riley1,022$52,917
St. George875$76,667
Wamego4,511$66,165
Westmoreland729$53,750

Manhattan Public Libraries

Manhattan Public Library
629 POYNTZ AVENUE
Manhattan, Kansas
(785) 776-4741

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Manhattan Hospitals

Manhattan Surgical Hospital Llc
(Proprietary)
1829 College Avenue
(785) 776-5100
Via Christi Health
(Non-profit)
1823 College Ave
(785) 776-3322

Manhattan Public Schools

Bluemont Elementary School
714 Bluemont Ave.
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2030
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School
800 Walters Dr
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2880
Middle
Total Enrollment 441
Lee Elem
701 Lee Street
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2050
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Manhattan High School West/east Campus
2100 Poyntz Avenue
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2100
High
Total Enrollment 1860
Marlatt Elem
2715 Hobbs
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2060
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Northview Elem
300 Griffith Dr
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2070
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Susan B Anthony Middle School
2501 Browning
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2890
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Theo Roosevelt Elem
1401 Houston Street
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2090
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Woodrow Wilson Elem
312 N Juliette Avenue
ZIP: 66502
(785) 587-2170
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Amanda Arnold Elem
1435 Hudson
ZIP: 66503
(785) 587-2020
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Frank V Bergman Elem
3430 Lombard
ZIP: 66503
(785) 587-2865
Primary
Total Enrollment 483

Manhattan Private Schools

Flint Hills Christian School
3905 Green Valley Rd
ZIP: 66502
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 129
Manhattan Catholic School
306 S Juliette Ave
ZIP: 66502
Elementary
Total Enrollment 242
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