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Manhattan Profile
Welcome to Manhattan
Known as the Little Apple, Manhattan is nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. The community of more than 50,000 serves a three-county, 200,000-population regional area as a leader in education, trade, health care, entertainment, culture and communication. Manhattan was noted as one of the Top 10 Places to Retire by Money Magazine, and Forbes listed the city as No. 3 on a list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

First settled in 1855, the Manhattan community encompasses approximately 18 square miles with a most recent census population count of 52,281.

Area Attractions

Aggieville has served the K-State student body and local residents as the place to visit when coming to Manhattan since it was established in 1889. The oldest shopping district in Kansas, Aggieville’s wide variety of businesses makes it a family-friendly environment during the day and a college hot spot at night.

Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan is a destination location. A variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, events and business services are located in the heart of the city.

Konza Prairie Tallgrass Preserve
The Nature Conservancy's Konza Prairie Tallgrass Preserve consists of more than 13 square miles and is managed by Kansas State University as a research area to study the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

webTuttle Creek Photo.jpgMarianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art furthers the teaching, research and service missions of Kansas State University by collecting, studying, caring for and presenting the visual art of Kansas and the region. This is a 26,000-square-foot museum located on the southeast corner of the KSU campus.

Tuttle Creek Lake
Tuttle Creek Lake provides quality recreational experiences while also serving as flood control for residents downstream of the Kansas River. Visitors can camp, hike, picnic, boat, hunt, fish and participate in many other recreational activities at the lake each year. Tuttle Creek State Park is also home to Country Stampede each summer.

Colleges and Universities
American Institute of Baking
The American Institute of Baking has North American headquarters in Manhattan. AIB provides food safety inspections, audits and certifications, food safety education, and research and technical services.

Anderson Hallweb.jpgKansas State University
Kansas State University is a public, state-supported university with more than 24,300 students. It was founded as a land-grant institution in 1863 and is currently working to become a top 50 research institution by 2025.

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan Area Technical College has provided career and continuing education opportunities for Kansas residents and beyond since it opened in 1965. It is a public technical college serving primarily a 10-county region surrounding Manhattan.

Manhattan Christian College
Manhattan Christian College is a private institution of higher education. Located across from the KSU campus, many students are able to attend class and participate in activities on the KSU campus in addition to working toward a degree from MCC.

Recreation and Play
Colbert Hills
Colbert Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole course located in northwest Manhattan. Facilities include a clubhouse, pro shop, practice area, courses and a restaurant.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

The Flint Hills Discovery Center is the result of a community dream to celebrate the importance of the geology, ecology and cultural history of the Flint Hills. The center opened in 2012 and is a division of Manhattan Parks and Recreation.

linear park dog walkerweb.jpgLinear Trail
The Linear Trail that runs around the edges of the City of Manhattan has numerous trail heads and access points, as well as a variety of courses for people to walk, run and bike.

Public Parks

The city owns and maintains 21 parks, totaling 1,000 acres. The parks are scattered throughout the community and offer a wide range of facilities to meet Manhattan's leisure needs.

Sunset Zoo
Sunset Zoo is home to 250 amazing animals and is open 360 days a year. The Zoo is a division of Manhattan Parks and Recreation.

Fort Riley and Aviation
Fort Riley
Fort Riley is home to the First Infantry Division, also known as "The Big Red One." Fort Riley has generated responsible regional growth as one of the largest economic engines in Kansas and practices environmental stewardship of the federal government’s largest tract of tallgrass prairie.

Manhattan Regional Airport

Manhattan Regional Airport provides commercial airline service as well as general aviation operations at its location west of the City of Manhattan. American Airlines provides regional transit from MHK to Dallas and Chicago daily.