Manhattan, Kansas Population 2018

Manhattan is a city located in the state of Kansas. It is located in Riley County, with part of the city located in Pottawatomie. It is the county seat of Riley County. This city is most-known for having a college-town vibe, as it is the location of Kansas State University. It is also known by its nickname “The Little Apple” to New York City’s “Big Apple.” According to recent estimates, the population of Manhattan is 54,983.

Manhattan History

Native tribes originally inhabited what is now Manhattan. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Kansa people were the primary inhabitants. The tribe gave up their rights to the land with the signing of a treaty in 1846. Just a few years later, the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed US citizens to settle the territory. George Park founded a settlement that year, naming it Polistra. A nearby area was also founded and was named Canton.

In 1855, New England Free-Staters came into the area. The sites of Canton and Polistra were chosen for settlement. The same year, it was decided that the town settlements would be joined and named Boston. Dozens of settlers continued to come into the area. A steamer came ashore carrying 75 settlers. They were stranded and decided to settle in the area but only if the name was changed, which it was. The city was incorporated just two years later.

Because Manhattan was Free-State, it was subject to violence. However, it was protected under neighboring Fort Riley, so it was spared much of the violence and destruction faced by other cities during the Bleeding Kansas period. Because of this, the area developed quite quickly. It was in the late 1850s when the city was selected as the county seat and the same year, a college was established.

The population continued to grow as Fifty-Niners came to the area following the discovery of gold. The city flourished by selling supplies to miners. Later that year, the first newspaper was established. The population was continuing to grow, especially with the arrival of the Kansas Pacific Railroad.

The city of Manhattan has continued to expand and its population has grown every decade. Today, the city has been named as one of the best places to retire and one of the best small communities for business and career. Public entities are the hub of the economy, and the city is home to many historic buildings and homes, Kansas State University, and cultural hotspots.

Manhattan Demographics

Manhattan has a population of almost 55,000 people. The city is almost 19 square miles in total area, with a population density of 2,800 people per square mile.

Over 83% of the population is white, 5.5% is black, 5.1% is Asian, 3.5% are mixed race, and 5.8% are Hispanic or Latino. Over 39% of the population is between the ages of 18 and 24. Only 7.5% are at least 65 years old. The city’s median age is 23.8. There are slightly more males than females, making up about 50.9% of the total population. Nearly 25% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

The largest employer in Manhattan is Kansas State University. The school district, Fort Riley, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture are also major employers in the area.

Manhattan Population Growth

Manhattan has seen consistent growth every decade since the census of 1870. The population surpassed 10,000 residents in 1930 and had more than doubled just 30 years later. At the time of the 2010 census, the population had grown to over 50,000. Since the 2010 census, current estimates show that the population has already grown by over 5%, indicating that this city will continue on its upward growth trend well into the future.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
201754,832600.11%
201654,772-1,341-2.39%
201556,1135701.03%
201455,543-466-0.83%
201356,009-521-0.92%
201256,5302,4374.51%
201154,0931,5592.97%
201052,5347,7031.60%
200044,8317,1191.74%
199037,7125,0681.45%
198032,6445,0691.70%
197027,5754,5821.83%
196022,9933,9371.90%
195019,0567,3975.04%
194011,6591,5231.41%
193010,1362,1472.41%
19207,9892,2673.39%
19105,7222,2845.23%
19003,4384341.36%
18903,0040.00%

Manhattan Population in 2018Source: By Anthony Quintano (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White46,413
Asian3,252
Black or African American3,062
Two or More Races2,183
Some Other Race697
American Indian and Alaska Native208
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander94

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Manhattan Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15%20%25%30% Male Population0%5%10%15%20%25%30% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Manhattan Median Age

24.6


Total

24.7


Male

24.4


Female

Manhattan Adults

There are 47,970 adults, (4,361 of which are seniors) in Manhattan.

Manhattan Age Dependency

28.2

Age Dependency Ratio

10

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Manhattan Sex Ratio

Female

27,132

48.53%

Male

28,777

51.47%

Manhattan Households and Families

Manhattan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Manhattan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.6%33.4%
Male41%59%
All38.3%61.7%
Female33.9%66.1%
Non Family18.5%81.5%

38.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Manhattan Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,7402.438.3
Non Family11,0821.8618.5
Married7,8882.9566.6
Female1,3263.3133.9
Male4443.3241

2.93

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Manhattan Households

Manhattan Education

Manhattan Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3041.12%
9th to 12th Grade7862.89%
High School Graduate3,72013.67%
Some College6,27723.07%
Associates Degree1,9137.03%
Bachelors Degree7,35527.03%
Graduate Degree6,85125.18%

Manhattan Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,41520,87811,523
Hispanic1,8021,559464
Black1,7241,565679
Asian1,6661,5411,197
Multiple Races685636318
Other Race550522139
Native American12710448
Islander392614

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.49%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 71.85%.

Manhattan Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,046$41,272$31,302
Less Than High School$11,762$$8,996
High School Grad$28,762$32,476$25,592
Some College$29,718$31,677$25,871
Bachelors Degree$40,800$49,739$31,561
Graduate Degree$49,464$60,073$43,361

$36,046

Average Earnings

$41,272

Average Male

$31,302

Average Female

Manhattan Language

Manhattan Language by Age

Manhattan Language

88.90% of Manhattan residents speak only English, while 11.10% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Asian, which is spoken by 4.41% of the population.

Manhattan Poverty

Manhattan Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White38,9669,36724.04%
Hispanic3,4051,04530.69%
Asian2,97395832.22%
Black2,86151618.04%
Multiple2,07249023.65%
Other69733447.92%
Native18312769.40%
Islander755168.00%

24.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.59%

Male Poverty Rate

27.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Manhattan

The race most likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is Native, with 69.40% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is Black, with 18.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 49.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.09%.

Manhattan Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School39.53%
Some College14.54%
High School9.17%
Bachelors or Greater3.83%

Manhattan Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed38.85%
Female Unemployed35.44%
Female Employed25.86%
Male Employed18.14%

Manhattan Income

Manhattan Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,992$64,348
Families$75,141$90,329
Married Families$83,136$
Non Families$29,845$40,486

Manhattan Marital Status

Manhattan Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.3%

Male Marriage Rate

35.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Manhattan Married by Age and Sex

Manhattan Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Manhattan Marital Status by Race

Manhattan Veterans

Manhattan Veterans by War

3,613

Number of Veterans

3,130

Male Veterans

483

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Second Gulf War1,909
First Gulf War833
Vietnam707
World War II150
Korea131

Manhattan Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
18 to 341,263
35 to 54884
55 to 64611
75+457
65 to 74398

Manhattan Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,1208.05%
Black35414.84%
Hispanic2248.24%
2 or More755.20%
Other305.21%
Asian210.76%
Indian136.25%

Manhattan Veterans by Education

6.61%

Veteran Poverty Rate

18.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Manhattan Employment Status

Manhattan Employment by Age

67%

Labor Force Participation

59.9%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Manhattan Employment by Race

Manhattan Employment by Education

Manhattan Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

49.80%

Born in Kansas

90.15%

Native Born

9.85%

Foreign Born

7.23%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.15% of Manhattan residents were born in the United States, with 49.80% having been born in Kansas. 7.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.