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Agricultural Hall, Kansas State Agricultural College, Manhattan, KS
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Manhattan, KS

Class: Small city
Class rank: 6

Manhattan is a city of contrasts. A conservative town that prides itself on being a good place to raise a family, it has the youngest median age of any of the top 10 small cities. While it ranked low in its class in entertainment and restaurant options, it scored high in the number of book stores and support of public libraries. The university is the major employer, but nearby Fort Riley also employs thousands of civilians.



Combined college enrollment: 21,929

Population: 44,831
Population change, 1990-2000: 18.80%

Median age: 23.5
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $16,566
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 3.6%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 41.4%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $33.91

Community profiles:
Manhattan, KS
Manhattan demographics

College profiles:
Kansas State University

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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