Manhattan Community Profile

Welcome to Manhattan KS sign at Kansas River bridge

Positively assessing Manhattan, Kansas

When you're talking about Manhattan, plenty of publications have positive acknowledgements for this regional economic and tourism center of Northeast Kansas.

  • No. 2 "Best Place to Live in the U.S." (Livability.com, 2018)
  • No. 1 "Best College Town To Live In, Even If You Are Not A Student" (TheStreet.com, 2015)
  • Selected in 2008 by Dept. of Homeland Security as the site for NBAF – the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility ($1.25B project to open in 2022)
  • No. 1 "Best Small Community in U.S. for Business and Careers" (Forbes, 2011)
  • “Top 10 Best Cities for Job Growth” (Newgeography.com, 2011)
  • “Ten Most Exciting Small Towns in America” (movoto.com 2013)
  • K-State registers “One of America’s Best Colleges” (Princeton Review, 2014)
  • No. 2 Metro, "Economic Growth Potential" (Business Facilities, 2010)
  • “One of the Best Places to Live/Top 5 Best Commuting Times” (CNNMoney.com, 2010)
  • Riley County “Least Economically Stressed County in the U.S.: Over 25,000 Population” (Associated Press, 2009)
  • “Top 10 Best Places to Retire Young” (CNNMoney.com, 2007)
  • Manhattan High School rated Top 5 percent U.S. high schools 2010-18 (Newsweek)