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 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%
201052,5347,70317.18%
200044,8317,11918.88%
199037,7125,06815.53%
198032,6445,06918.38%
197027,5754,58219.93%
196022,9933,93720.66%
195019,0567,39763.44%
194011,6591,52315.03%
193010,1362,14726.87%
19207,9892,26739.62%
19105,7222,28466.43%
19003,43843414.45%
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

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Manhattan Median Age

24.6


Total

24.7


Male

24.4


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 47,046 adults in Manhattan.

Manhattan Age Dependency

28.2

Age Dependency Ratio

10

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Manhattan Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.9
Houses Without Mortgage
2,934
Houses With Mortgage
5,004
Vacancy Rate
10.6
Median Rent
882
Median Home Value
190,200
Renter-Occupied Units
12,802
Owner-Occupied Units
7,938
Total Housing Units
23,201

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Manhattan for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.4% and the labor force participation rate is 67%.

Manhattan Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.4
Average Family Size
2.93
Total Households
20740
Married Couple Households
7888
Male Householder (no wife) Families
444
Female Householder (no husband) Families
1326
Non Family Households
11082
Total Families
9658
Households With Own Children
4431
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
5.6
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.4

Manhattan Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
2,486
$10,000 to $14,999
909
$15,000 to $24,999
2,280
$25,000 to $34,999
2,460
$35,000 to $49,999
3,072
$50,000 to $74,999
3,444
$75,000 to $99,999
2,148
$100,000 to $149,999
2,398
$150,000 to $199,999
790
Over $200,000
753

Manhattan Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Manhattan

Kansas

$45,992

$53,571

$64,348

$71,975

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Manhattan Education Data

Manhattan Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
3041.12%
9th to 12th Grade
7862.89%
High School Graduate
3,72013.67%
Some College
6,27723.07%
Associates Degree
1,9137.03%
Bachelors Degree
7,35527.03%
Graduate Degree
6,85125.18%