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The Little Apple rates among the best college towns in America. Manhattan features a campus entertain district, vibrant downtown, mall, commercial airport with direct daily flights to Dallas and Chicago, and one of the nation’s best public school systems. The area is home to outdoor recreation areas like city parks, a state park with a large lake, a recreation trail that circles the city and one of the largest tallgrass prairies in North America. Manhattan is often recognized in national publications like Forbes and Men’s Journal for its quality of living. The city is home to more than 52,000 people, and more than 113,000 live in the metro area. 

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Salina is a regional trade center located at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 135. Nearly 50,000 people live in Salina, recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine as the best place in Kansas to raise children. The area is home to 26 city parks, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure museum and zoo, and an aquatic park. The Smoky Hill River Festival is held in Salina every summer. Acts like Bob Dylan have performed at the 7,500-seat Bicentennial Center, and residents watch performances at the 1,280-seat Stiefel Theatre, which was built in 1931. The National Civic League has awarded Salina a prestigious All-America City Award.


Olathe is the fifth-largest city in Kansas and is located 19 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Mo. Money magazine ranked Olathe as one of America’s best places to live, and Forbes named Johnson County as one of the best places to raise a family. Olathe, home to about 125,000 people, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The Kansas City metropolitan area, home to 2.2 million people, is known for its barbecue, art, fountains, shopping, entertainment and professional sports teams.