Manhattan, Kan.

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With fewer than 100,000 residents, and almost 20 percent of those being students, Manhattan revolves around Kansas State University. Just 55 miles outside of the state capital, our smallest college town offers a well-rounded set of attractions, with favorable economic conditions, a vibrant social scene, and a fairly diverse and educated populace. You can access most of the town by bike or on foot; just be sure to check the weather for tornado warnings.

#8 Manhattan, Kan.

POPULATION: 98,643
STUDENTS: 17,537
RANKING DETAIL:
#11 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#6 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#11 CITY ACCESS
#11 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#9 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#12 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#5 LABOR FORCE
#11 INNOVATION
#7 RENT

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