Manhattan, Kansas Population 2021

53,846
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Manhattan is a city located in Riley County Kansas. It is also the county seat of Riley County. With a 2020 population of 53,846, it is the 9th largest city in Kansas and the 730th largest city in the United States . Manhattan is currently declining at a rate of -0.70% annually but its population has increased by 2.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 52,281 in 2010. Manhattan reached it's highest population of 56,597 in 2012. Spanning over 20 miles, Manhattan has a population density of 2,713 people per square mile.

The average household income in Manhattan is $68,872 with a poverty rate of 26.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $910 per month, and the median house value is $209,700. The median age in Manhattan is 24.5 years, 24.1 years for males, and 25 years for females.

While the name may remind you of the borough in New York City, the Manhattan that we examine here 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 {pop}.

The largest employer in Manhattan is Kansas State University. The school district, Fort Riley, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture are also significant 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 increased by over 5%, indicating that this city will continue on its upward growth trend well into the future.

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 established 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 immigrants. 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Manhattan was:

  • White: 81.54%
  • Asian: 5.97%
  • Black or African American: 5.90%
  • Two or more races: 4.45%
  • Other race: 1.59%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.20%
The current population of Manhattan, Kansas is 53,846 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 54,983.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 52,281.

Manhattan, Kansas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021127,459-1,413-1.11%
2020128,872-1,413-1.10%
2019130,285-1,413-1.08%
2018131,698310.02%
2017131,667-2,333-1.77%
2016134,000-2,989-2.23%
2015136,9891,3240.97%
2014135,665-629-0.46%
2013136,294-1,437-1.05%
2012137,7316,9855.07%
2011130,7462,2251.70%
2010128,5210.00%

Manhattan Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White45,08181.54%
Asian3,3015.97%
Black or African American3,2605.90%
Two or More Races2,4584.45%
Some Other Race8771.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native2050.37%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1080.20%
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Manhattan Population by Race

Manhattan Population Pyramid $2021

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Manhattan Median Age

24.5


Total

24.1


Male

25


Female

Manhattan Adults

There are 46,791 adults, (4,738 of whom are seniors) in Manhattan.

Manhattan Age Dependency

31.5

Age Dependency Ratio

11.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Manhattan Sex Ratio

Female

27,248

49.28%

Male

28,042

50.72%

Manhattan Population by Age

Manhattan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Manhattan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.4%28.6%
All39%61%
Female26.7%73.3%
Male23.7%76.3%
Non Family21.3%78.7%

39.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Manhattan Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,2522.4239
Non Family11,1621.8821.3
Married6,9663.0171.4
Female1,4033.3626.7
Male7213.3923.7

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Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

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Manhattan Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3331.24%
9th to 12th Grade8713.25%
High School Graduate4,02515.01%
Some College5,88121.93%
Associates Degree1,7816.64%
Bachelors Degree7,20926.89%
Graduate Degree6,71425.04%
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Manhattan Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Manhattan Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White20,90120,30211,656
Hispanic2,0211,619479
Black1,5961,502367
Asian1,5641,5161,244
Other Race67758152
2+ Races642607187
Native American11710919
Islander715321

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.13%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 79.54%.

Manhattan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,399$43,219$35,603
Less Than 9th Grade$23,625$27,687$
High School Graduate$24,286$27,976$19,509
Some College$32,958$38,353$27,661
Bachelors Degree$45,303$52,423$39,281
Graduate Degree$54,503$61,304$48,702

$39,399

Average Earnings

$43,219

Average Male

$35,603

Average Female

Manhattan Earnings by Educational Attainment

Manhattan Language by Age

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Manhattan Language

87.70% of Manhattan residents speak only English, while 12.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.23% of the population.

Manhattan Language

Manhattan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White37,7949,32224.67%
Hispanic3,5091,27636.36%
Asian3,0181,02033.80%
Black3,05593230.51%
Multiple2,03261830.41%
Other87753460.89%
Islander1083835.19%
Native1953517.95%

26.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.91%

Male Poverty Rate

27.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Manhattan

The race most likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is Other, with 60.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is Native, with 17.95% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 52.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.14%.

Manhattan Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.28%
Some College18.16%
High School13.45%
Bachelors or Greater3.61%

Manhattan Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed46.59%
Female Employed28.54%
Female Unemployed27.50%
Male Employed20.43%

Manhattan Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Manhattan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,537$68,872
Families$81,426$100,793
Married Families$95,156-
Non Families$32,994$41,264
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Income by Household Type

Manhattan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

31.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.5%

Male Marriage Rate

32.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Manhattan Married by Age and Sex

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Manhattan Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Manhattan Marital Status by Race

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Manhattan Marital Status

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3,457

Number of Veterans

2,987

Male Veterans

470

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,023
First Gulf War999
Vietnam637
Korea191
World War II51

Manhattan Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,369
35 to 54815
65 to 74498
75+427
55 to 64348

Manhattan Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9297.73%
Black40916.73%
Hispanic32210.76%
2+ Races966.43%
Islander1519.48%
Other Race81.07%

Manhattan Veterans by Race

Manhattan Veterans by Education

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10.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Manhattan Veterans by Education

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68.4%

Labor Force Participation

62.2%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Manhattan Employment by Age

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Manhattan Employment by Race

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Manhattan Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.64%

Born in Manhattan

90.76%

Native Born

9.24%

Foreign Born

7.02%

Non Citizen

2.22%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.76% of Manhattan residents were born in the United States, with 50.64% having been born in Kansas. 7.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Manhattan Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202153,846-379-0.70%
202054,225-379-0.69%
201954,604-379-0.69%
201854,983-141-0.26%
201755,124-117-0.21%
201655,241-1,272-2.25%
201556,5138281.49%
201455,685-416-0.74%
201356,101-496-0.88%
201256,5972,4494.52%
201154,1481,6223.09%
201052,5267,6951.60%
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 by Year