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Overview

Introduction to Mankato, Minnesota

The city of Mankato is the county seat of Blue Earth County, Minnesota, and is located about 80 miles southwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Principal highways servicing the city include U.S. Routes 169 and 14, and Minnesota State Highway 60. Mankato is home to the main campus of Minnesota State University.

The city's original name was Mahkato, a Dakota Indian term meaning "greenish blue earth." An early spelling error which was never corrected caused the name to become Mankato. In 1862, a conflict between the U.S. and the Dakota Indians (known as the "Sioux Uprising" in reference to the Dakota tribe's alternate moniker of Sioux) resulted in the largest mass execution in the nation's history when 38 Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato. The city received its charter in 1868, the same year that Minnesota's second Normal School was established in the city. A teacher's college until after World War II, the school expanded its curriculum to include science and fine arts courses and became Mankato State College and later Mankato State University before being renamed Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1999.

Arts and Entertainment in Mankato

The unique history of Mankato is preserved in many registered historic sites, and the talents of its students and residents support a thriving fine arts community. The city's location amidst Minnesota’s famed waters and woodlands also affords visitors and residents an easy escape to hiking/biking trails, golf courses, lake fishing and recreation, and winter skiing. Included among its many attractions are the following:

  • The Carnegie Art Center: The largest visual art center in south central Minnesota
  • R.D. Hubbard House: Originally built in 1871, the house is the oldest remaining example of a Victorian Mansion in the area
  • Judge Lorin P. Cray Mansion: A Queen Anne style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Minnesota Valley Chorale: Grounded in the great works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and complemented by folk music, madrigals and spirituals
  • Mount Kato: A year-round recreation area for skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, and mountain biking
  • Land of Memories Park: Located along the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers, the park offers bike trails and camping
  • Minneopa State Park: Offers nearly five miles of hiking trails and over four miles of cross-country skiing trails
  • Red Jacket Trail: A 13-mile biking trail
  • Mankato Ballet
  • Merely Players Theatre
  • Minnesota State University Theatre
  • Highland Summer Theatre
  • Mankato Symphony Orchestra
  • Blue Earth County Heritage Center Museum
  • Seppmann Mill
  • Morgan Creek Vineyards
  • Wildlife Safari Museum
  • Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Mankato is also home to some popular annual events and festivals. April's International Festival is an event designed to celebrate and raise awareness of cultural diversity in Greater Mankato. The Hickory Street Ribfest, held every August, features a weekend filled with music, games and award-winning ribs from across the country. In September, the city hosts the Mankato Mdewakanton PowWow, where thousands of Native Americans return to their ceremonial grounds to celebrate and reenact ceremonial dances while wearing traditional costumes. The Deep Valley Book Festival, held in November, is a two day celebration of books and reading which gives the public a chance to meet and talk with Minnesota authors and writers.

Minnesota State University's athletic teams are known as the Mavericks. The men's and women's ice hockey teams both compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) along with four other Minnesota-based college teams. The other Maverick teams compete in the North Central Conference of NCAA's Division II. The University is also the current site of the summer training camp for the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team.

Plenty of professional sports, much of it of the major-league variety, can be found about 90 minutes away in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. A list of some of Minnesota's pro teams includes the following:

  • Baseball: Minnesota Twins (MLB)
  • Football: Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
  • Basketball: Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
  • Hockey: Minnesota Wild (NHL)
  • Women's basketball: Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
  • Lacrosse: Minnesota Swarm (National Lacrosse League)
  • Soccer: Minnesota Thunder (United Soccer League)

Demographics

People

Total Population40,900
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens11.2%
Employed Population 16+22,640
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married33.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.1%
Median Earnings25+$35,224
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,759
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,686

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,635
% Above Poverty Level75.4%
% Below Poverty Level24.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31%
Median Gross Rent$790
Median House Value$159,500

Ancestry

German44.5%
Norwegian14.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.4%
Irish9.4%
Swedish5.4%
English4.3%
Polish3.2%
Dutch2.7%
French Except Basque2.6%
African2.2%
Danishn2%
Italian1.1%
Czech1.1%
Somali0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Canadian0.6%
Arab0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Australian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Greek0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Mankato Almanac

CategoryValue
County Blue Earth County, Nicollet County
Standard Zip Codes56003, 56001
P.O. Box Zip Codes56002, 56006
Phone Area Codes507
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.16
Approximate Longitude-93.99

Mankato Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMANKATO
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp2 to 23 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationST PETER 2 SW
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp2 to 23 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip29.6 inches
StationWASECA EXP STATION
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp1 to 21 F
Apr Temp35 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Eagle Lake2,712$82,411
Kasota803$54,643
Madison Lake1,007$80,125
North Mankato13,451$70,681
St. Clair873$77,917
St. Peter11,567$72,193

Mankato Public Libraries

Blue Earth County Library
100 EAST MAIN STREET
Mankato, Minnesota
(507) 304-4001

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Mankato Hospitals

Mayo Clinic Health Sys Mankato
(Non-profit)
1025 Marsh St - Po Box 8673
(507) 625-4030

Mankato Public Schools

Bridges Community Elementary
820 Hubbell Ave
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 147
Central Freedom School
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-3047
High
Total Enrollment 5
Central High Area Learning Center
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-3047
High
Total Enrollment 57
Crew
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-3047
Franklin Elementary
1000 N Broad St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 345-4287
Primary
Total Enrollment 694
Futures Program
50 Navaho Ave
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-1455
Other
Total Enrollment 20
Jefferson Elementary
100 James Ave
ZIP: 56001
(507) 388-5480
Primary
Total Enrollment 261
Kato Public Charter School
110 N 6th St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-5524
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Kennedy Elementary
2600 E Main St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-2122
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Life Lines Adult Connection
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-5501
High
Mankato Area Graduation Foundation
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-3047
Mankato Area Night School
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-5047
High
Mankato Area Summer School
110 Fulton St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-5047
High
Mankato East Jr.
2600 Hoffman Rd
ZIP: 56001
(507) 345-6625
Middle
Total Enrollment 556
Mankato East Senior High
2600 Hoffman Rd
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-5671
High
Total Enrollment 981
Mankato West Senior High
1351 S Riverfront Dr
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-3461
High
Total Enrollment 1148
Roosevelt Elementary
300 W 6th St
ZIP: 56001
(507) 345-4285
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Rosa Parks Elementary School
1001 Heron Dr
ZIP: 56001
(507) 387-7672
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Washington Elementary
1100 Anderson Dr
ZIP: 56001
(507) 345-3059
Primary
Total Enrollment 394

Mankato Private Schools

Fitzgerald Campus Loyola Catholic School
110 N 5th St
ZIP: 56001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 235
Grace Christian School
600 Lind St
ZIP: 56001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 58
Immanuel Lutheran School
421 N 2nd St
ZIP: 56001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 97
Loyola Catholic School
145 Good Counsel Dr
ZIP: 56001
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 568
Mount Olive Lutheran School
1123 Marsh St
ZIP: 56001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 139
Risen Savior Lutheran School
502 W 7th St
ZIP: 56001
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
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