Known as the Little Apple, Manhattan is nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. First settled in 1855, Manhattan was incorporated in 1857 and now encompasses approximately 18 square miles. The community of more than 56,000 serves a three-county, 130,000-population regional area as a leader in education, trade, health care, entertainment, culture and communication.
Manhattan has been recognized on the following lists for its quality of life:
One of the Top 10 Places to Retire (Money Magazine)
No. 3 on a list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes)
One of the Top 50 College Towns in America (Best College Reviews)
Top 10 Best Places to Retire Young (CNN Money)
Top 100 Places to Live in America (Livability)
Kansas State University is the leading employer in Manhattan, with more than 6,000 employees on the campus that serves more than 24,300 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 is home to the 1st Infantry Division, known as the "Big Red One," and employs more than 3,500 civilian personnel. Learn more about the community and its economy: