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Life in the Little Apple
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Population Data
  • Manhattan Population: 56,150
  • Riley County Population: 75,905

Manhattan is located in northeast Kansas’ scenic Flint Hills, 125 miles west of Kansas City, nine miles north of Interstate 70.

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GoodnowHistory of Manhattan
In 1855, settlers ran aground in a steamboat as they traveled up the Kansas River. New York investors insisted the settlers call their new community “Manhattan."

With Manhattan, New York, known as the “Big Apple,” it was natural for Manhattan, Kansas to become known as The Little Apple®. We began using the tag "The Little Apple®" in 1977, and the rest is history! For more information visit the Riley County Historical Museum.

Kansas State University History
Bluemont College, the forerunner of Kansas State University, opened its doors in 1859. In 1862, Congress granted Kansas 90,000 acres to establish an agricultural college. The next year, Kansas State became the nation's first land grant university and the state's first public institute of higher learning. K-State is home to 25,000 students, nine colleges, and is an international leader in biosecurity research.

Make plans to visit Kansas State University.

Weather Data
  • Annual Average Temperatures: High – 66.8, Low – 43.9
  • Average Annual Precipitation: 33.71 inches
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 17.4 inches

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Great Information about The Little Apple®
  • Aggieville is the oldest shopping district in Kansas and located next to the K-State campus, at the intersection of North Manhattan and Bluemont Avenues.
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course is a PGA-licensed collegiate facility with 18 holes that feature Flint Hills landscaping, highlighted by native Kansas limestone and include vistas up to 12 miles. The course has a full practice area and driving range, and a nine-hole executive course.   
  • The state’s second largest body of water, Tuttle Creek Lake is located five miles north of Manhattan with a dam and reservoir situated on the northern edge of the Flint Hills.
    • The lake area offers 12,000 acres of water with 100 miles of irregular, wooded shoreline.
  • Guns & Gear Magazine named Tuttle Creek and Milford Lake one of the top five hot spots in the nation to hunt whitetail deer.
  • Men’s Journal magazine, Manhattan was named one of “The 50 Best Places to Live.”
  • The last full weekend in June, Manhattan hosts the Kicker Country Stampede. Country music’s hottest stars arrive in Manhattan to entertain fans from across the U.S. for this three-day weekend of country music. Attendance exceeds 150,000 for the event. The American Bus Association named Country Stampede one of the Top 100 Events in North America.
  • The Konza Prairie Biological Station is an 8,600-acre tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. This prairie preserve offers three different hiking trails to enjoy the majestic Flint Hills.
  • Eight miles west of Manhattan is the Home of the Big Red One, Fort Riley. Founded in 1852, Fort Riley Army Post was originally established to protect settlers on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Home to brigades of the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), the 1st Armored Division and the 937th Engineer Groups (Combat). The reservation covers more than 100,000 acres, spanning both Riley and Geary counties.
  • Manhattan and Riley County turned 160 years old in 2015.