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Life in Manhattan


About Manhattan


Manhattan is a small, welcoming town.

Manhattan is located in Kansas, in the scenic Flint Hills region.

Manhattan is also known as “the Little Apple” as a play on New York’s Manhattan, “the Big Apple”.

Manhattan has a population of about 53,000 people (2010 Census) and it is home to Kansas State University, an academic community of some 24,000 students.

Read more about Manhattan in the Manhattan Kansas – The Little Apple: Official Guide.

Read more about the History of Manhattan and Riley County, Kansas.

Here is more information about Manhattan.



City Map and Driving Directions

Several maps of Manhattan offer different views of our town (made by the City of Manhattan).
How to get to Manhattan and K-State? Check those driving directions to Manhattan and K-State



Public Transportation 

Manhattan’s public transportation is ATA Bus.

The public buses follow 4 fixed routes

You can also call the ATA Bus to make a reservation for a specific pick-up time and location. The phone number is (785) 537-6345. You need to call 24 hours in advance to schedule a ride.


You can call a taxi to get around Manhattan.

Here are some taxi companies:

  • Cat Cab (785) 341-7506
  • Bell Taxi (785) 537-2080
  • Go Van/Dial a Cab (785) 226-3919
  • Taxi 4 Less (785) 776-5508
  • Wildcat Taxi (785) 477-8808 (only cash)

You can also call a UBER taxi using the UBER app on your cellphone. 


It is easy to buy a new or a used vehicle in Manhattan. Before purchasing a vehicle, however, you need to have a driver’s license.

For more information on how to get a driver’s license, please check the Riley County Treasurer’s Office and the International Student Center.