Manhattan, Kansas is a college town (Kansas State University “Aggies”) and his home to roughly 52,000 residents and another 40,000 in the metro area. The area includes Fort Riley, a US Army Post, for those of you who want to live near a commissary. Named as one of the best places to retire young in America by CNN and Money Magazine, the area has a lot to offer. Those who retire in Manhattan, Kansas will find top notch medical care, golf, fishing, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, more events than you can imagine, and a warm friendly small town atmosphere. Located in the Flint Hills region, Manhattan has continuous rolling hills covered in tall grasses. There is a huge reservoir just north of town.
Housing: The median price of homes on the market in 2015 is $199,000, but we found several very nice homes at a lower price. The median rent price close to the city center is $1,025 and the rent in the suburbs is in the $850-925 range. The violent crime rate is extremely low in most neighborhoods at 2.12 per 1,000 (the national average is 3.8). The property crime rate is 20.64 per 1,000 residents (nationally, its at 27.3). An extremely well educated community, Manhattan boasts a full 52% of the adults have a college degree or higher. We found this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Manhattan for $150,000. It has 1,596 square feet of home and sits on a 7,700 square foot lot. It has a fenced yard for the dog and an open floor plan and new appliances.
If you are there at the end of June, the whole town ramps up for the Kicker Country Stampede, where (2015) you can see Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line as headliners to the event. This four day event celebrating country music brings about 170,000 fans to the area, and many camp at the Tuttle Creek State Park. Sounds like fun to me! They also have the National Festival of Breads” and a number of events through the college. In the fall, you can attend a football game and cheer for the home team!
Weather: The hottest months are in July and August where it reaches the low 90 degrees F. The average low in January is about 17 degrees. Manhattan sees all four seasons with beautiful fall colors and bright spring flowers. It rains about 36 inches per year, with most of it falling in May and June. They also get about 17 inches of snow every year.
Tornados: Manhattan is in tornado alley and the most recent was in 2008 when 31 homes were destroyed by a class 4. It doesn’t happen every year, but there is a risk of being hit.
Transportation: There is a regional airport in town and nearest large commercial airports are in Kansas City and Wichita – more than a two hour drive from Manhattan. The closest Amtrak station is in Topeka, about 56 miles to the east.
Golf: There are 4 courses including the Colbert Hills Course, a PGA licensed collegiate facility with native landscaping. Kansas State University Golf Team hosts tournaments on this beautiful 18 hole course. There are student/alumni, military and twilight discount rates.
Bike Paths: The city is covered with bicycle paths and is working hard to make biking safer for riders, pedestrians, and drivers. A number of the main roads leading to the college have specific bike lanes.
So if you are looking for a great little college town in the heartland of America, Manhattan may just be the place for you!
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