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Center for Engagement and Community Development

Center for Engagement and Community Development
324 Nichols Hall
Kansas State University 
Manhattan, KS 66506 

785-532-6808 (fax)

About Manhattan

Known as the Little Apple, Manhattan is nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas.  First settled in 1855, Manhattan was incorporated in 1857 and now encompasses approximately 18 square miles.  The community of approximately 55,000 serves a three-county, 130,000-population regional area as a leader in education, trade, health care, entertainment, and culture and communication. 

Manhattan has been recognized on the following lists for its quality of life:

  • No. 1 on a list of best Town-Gown Relationships (The Princeton Review)
  • One of the Top 10 Places to Retire (Money Magazine)
  • No. 3 on a list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes)
  • One of the Top 50 College Towns in America (Best College Reviews)
  • Top 10 Best Places to Retire Young (CNN Money)
  • Top 100 Places to Live in America (Livability)

You'll find excellent entertainment and restaurants, beautiful natural settings, a thriving economy, and world-class education. The Manhattan area boasts Kansas State University, Fort Riley Military Reservation, fine arts and history museums, the Konza Prairie tallgrass reserve, a revived downtown, great shopping, and more.

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