Fort Riley & the Manhattan Area

Fort Riley


Manhattan and the surrounding area have a close relationship with Fort Riley. Home to the First Infantry Division, Fort Riley is located just 10 minutes west of Manhattan. The installation is easily accessible from K-18 and is a short commute.

As the thirteenth largest city in Kansas, Fort Riley serves more than 48,000 soldiers, family members, retirees and Department of the Army civilians. Over 2,500 soldiers and DOD civilians live off-post in Manhattan and Riley County.

Economic Contribution


In fiscal year 2015, Fort Riley’s total economic impact on the state was more than $1.58 billion. Much of that impact was felt right here at home in Manhattan.

Fort Riley's Regional Impact
Fort Riley's presence positively impacts the entire region and advances economic development by virtue of providing infrastructure requirements such as enhanced airport facilities and improved highways and access routes. Our military families also bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to both our workforce and our community.

Interactive Visitors Guide


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Live, Play, Shop

For those choosing to live or shop off-post, Manhattan is the premier destination for settling into your new home. Look no further - we have shopping, restaurants, and recreational opportunities to keep you busy! Why not choose to work, live, and play in your back yard? You won't regret coming to Manhattan!

Area employers are eager to select from the pool of available spouses and support numerous workforce development initiatives. They also collaborate with the Fort Riley Retirement Services Office to facilitate the retirement transition to the Manhattan area.