Manhattan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 54,763 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Manhattan is the ninth largest community in Kansas.
Manhattan real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Manhattan house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Also of interest is that Manhattan has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.67% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Manhattan is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Manhattan culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Manhattan really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Manhattan every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Manhattan. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Manhattan benefits directly from this.
Not only is Manhattan a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Manhattan a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Manhattan spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.32 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
If knowledge is power, Manhattan is a pretty powerful place. 52.81% of the adults in Manhattan have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Manhattan in 2018 was $30,278, which is upper middle income relative to Kansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $121,112 for a family of four. However, Manhattan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Manhattan is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Manhattan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Manhattan residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Manhattan include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Manhattan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.