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 approximately 55,000 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:
- No. 1 on a list of best Town-Gown Relationships (The Princeton Review)
- 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)
The city’s unique vitality is large part due to the activity of the students within the area while school is in session. The city is also home to Fort Riley, a U.S. Army post. The Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum are popular sites. There are a number of events and conventions held every year which include Juneteenth Celebration, the Country Stampede Music Festival and the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave.