Manhattan, Kansas Population 2020

54,749
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Manhattan is a city located in Kansas. With a 2020 population of 54,749, it is the 9th largest city in Kansas and the 719th largest city in the United States. Manhattan is currently declining at a rate of -0.19% annually but its population has increased by 4.72% 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 2,758 people per square mile.

The average household income in Manhattan is $68,415 with a poverty rate of 25.36%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $908 per month, and the median house value is $200,400. The median age in Manhattan is 24.6 years, 24.5 years for males, and 24.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 104.2 males.

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: 82.54%
  • Asian: 5.97%
  • Black or African American: 5.28%
  • Two or more races: 4.06%
  • Other race: 1.67%
  • Native American: 0.34%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
The current population of Manhattan, Kansas is 54,749, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 54,959.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 52,281.

Manhattan, Kansas Population 2020

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

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202098,032260.03%
201998,006260.03%
201897,980260.03%
201797,954-821-0.84%
201698,775-1,500-1.52%
2015100,2751,0521.05%
201499,223-286-0.29%
201399,509-318-0.32%
201299,8274,3844.39%
201195,4432,1622.27%
201093,2810.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White45,80182.54%
Asian3,3135.97%
Black or African American2,9325.28%
Two or More Races2,2554.06%
Some Other Race9251.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native1910.34%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander720.13%
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Manhattan Population Pyramid 2020

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Manhattan Median Age

24.6


Total

24.5


Male

24.9


Female

Manhattan Adults

There are 47,413 adults, (4,649 of whom are seniors) in Manhattan.

Manhattan Age Dependency

29.8

Age Dependency Ratio

10.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

18.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Manhattan Sex Ratio

Female

27,172

48.97%

Male

28,317

51.03%

Manhattan Households and Families

Manhattan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Manhattan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.1%30.9%
All38.7%61.3%
Male26.3%73.7%
Female23%77%
Non Family20.8%79.2%

38.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,4392.4138.7
Non Family10,9921.8920.8
Married7,4522.9369.1
Female1,4553.1823
Male5403.7626.3

2.93

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Manhattan Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3741.38%
9th to 12th Grade7432.75%
High School Graduate3,82414.14%
Some College6,16122.79%
Associates Degree1,9187.09%
Bachelors Degree7,18326.57%
Graduate Degree6,83225.27%
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Manhattan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White21,15820,53011,588
Hispanic1,9331,638486
Black1,6301,549467
Asian1,5861,4981,214
Other Race710592128
Multiple Races640633210
Native American12111450
Islander28179

The highest rate of high school graduation is among multiple races people with a rate of 98.91%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.54%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,541$41,773$32,045
Less Than High School$21,639$22,247$
High School Grad$25,972$27,596$24,250
Some College$30,944$33,957$25,629
Bachelors Degree$42,433$50,417$35,208
Graduate Degree$53,301$63,732$45,991

$37,541

Average Earnings

$41,773

Average Male

$32,045

Average Female

Manhattan Language

Manhattan Language by Age

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Manhattan Language

87.51% of Manhattan residents speak only English, while 12.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.16% of the population.

Manhattan Poverty

Manhattan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White38,4009,24824.08%
Hispanic3,5051,11531.81%
Asian2,98894931.76%
Black2,73770025.58%
Multiple1,89458030.62%
Other92544448.00%
Native1577950.32%
Islander513670.59%

25.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.52%

Male Poverty Rate

27.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Manhattan

The race most likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is Islander, with 70.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Manhattan is White, with 24.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 50.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.15%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.27%
Some College16.51%
High School13.54%
Bachelors or Greater3.89%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed47.00%
Female Employed27.42%
Female Unemployed25.14%
Male Employed19.46%

Manhattan Income

Manhattan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,279$68,415
Families$77,349$100,330
Married Families$93,206-
Non Families$32,163$39,780
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Manhattan Marital Status

Manhattan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

32.3%

Male Marriage Rate

33.7%

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 Veterans

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3,487

Number of Veterans

3,001

Male Veterans

486

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,033
First Gulf War982
Vietnam646
Korea182
World War II83
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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,345
35 to 54857
55 to 64439
65 to 74429
75+417
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9127.57%
Black35816.70%
Hispanic31411.19%
2 or More16211.20%
Other344.59%
Asian210.74%

Manhattan Veterans by Education

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8.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.66%

Veteran Disability Rate

Manhattan Employment Status

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68.6%

Labor Force Participation

61.9%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

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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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50.50%

Born in Kansas

89.79%

Native Born

10.21%

Foreign Born

7.82%

Non Citizen

2.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.79% of Manhattan residents were born in the United States, with 50.50% having been born in Kansas. 7.82% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202054,749-105-0.19%
201954,854-105-0.19%
201854,959-173-0.31%
201755,132-105-0.19%
201655,237-1,244-2.20%
201556,4817961.43%
201455,685-419-0.75%
201356,104-493-0.87%
201256,5972,4524.53%
201154,1451,6193.08%
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%