Livability Awards

A+ Manhattan Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Manhattan Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Kansas
946% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Manhattan cost of living
D+ Manhattan Crime Total crime is 2% lower than Kansas
Total crime
3,00116% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3416% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-0%Year over year crime is down
Manhattan crime
D+ Manhattan Employment Household income is 14% lower than Kansas
Median household income
$45,99217% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,51014% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%27% lower than the US average
Manhattan employment
C- Manhattan Housing Home value is 41% higher than Kansas
Median home value
$190,2003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8827% lower than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Manhattan real estate or Manhattan rentals
B- Manhattan Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Kansas
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
52%6% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Manhattan K-12 schools or Manhattan colleges

Living in Manhattan, KS

Manhattan is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. The city has a population of 55,909 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Manhattan is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Manhattan could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 25 years old is below the nation’s average. Manhattan is known to be family friendly as more than 82% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 58% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Manhattan can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Kansas, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Manhattan and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Manhattan to Kansas and the national average.

Manhattan, KS receives 74/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #52 in Kansas and #5,682 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Manhattan has received high marks for amenities (A+) and education (B-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Manhattan. The following was graded with a concerning score: weather (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Manhattan has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Sunset Zoo, Flint Hills Discovery Center, and Kansas State University Gardens.

Assuming that Manhattan meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Manhattan. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Manhattan are simply unattainable. The median home price for Manhattan homes is $190,200, which is 40.6% higher than the Kansas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Manhattan, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 64% higher than the Kansas average.

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      When I moved to Manhattan, Kansas about five years ago, I thought that it would be peaceful and relaxing. While there are some things about the city that are relaxing, there is a lot of hustle and bustle that takes place. The downtown area is vibrant and alive. There seem to be festivals all the time, making it a noisy environment if you live close to town. Fortunately, I live in an apartment, and most of the sound is blocked out.

      Looking out my window, I have a beautiful view of the trees and mountains in the distance. This is a spectacular sight in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. One thing that I don't like about living in this area is the weather. There are several tornadoes in the spring and summer, and that's something that I haven't been able to get used to while living here. If you go to the outer edges of the city, there are abandoned buildings that some company needs to develop. The streets in town are often congested, and if you plan on driving your own car during teh week, you should think again, especially if it's at a time when people are getting off of work or when people are taking a lunch break. The Sunset Zoo is my favorite place to go as there are quite a few animals to see, many that are from Africa and Asia. The restaurants in the area seem to serve a lot of the same thing. They like making sure you get potatoes with your meal or some form of carbohydrate. Steak is a popular menu item, so you should get used to eating it before moving here.
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      Source: The Manhattan, KS data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).