2016 Presidential Position Profile
Manhattan: The Quintessential College Town
In the heart of northeast Kansas' scenic Flint Hills — comprised of layers of flint and limestone and the largest remaining American Tallgrass Prairie — one of the nation's most unique and beautiful landscapes surrounds Manhattan, Kansas. Only minutes away are the two largest lakes in Kansas (12,000-acre Tuttle Creek Lake and 15,700-acre Milford Reservoir), which are surrounded by parks with trails, campgrounds, hunting land, and water access for fishing and skiing. Just south of Manhattan is the 8,600-acre Konza Prairie Biological Station, owned by the Nature Conservancy and operated by the university, where some of the best hiking trails in the heartland can be found.
Manhattan anchors a tri-county area with a population of 135,000 and is a leader in education, trade, health care and cultural arts. This dynamic community pulses with shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife (manhattan.org), and is affectionately known as the "Little Apple" for the big-city amenities that residents enjoy. Manhattan is an environment that is welcoming and intellectually stimulating, a hub of diverse cultural and recreational delights.
Manhattan offers excellent options for both public and private K-12 education. The local high school has achieved national recognition from ACT for its rigorous core curriculum and ranks among the Top 5 percent of high schools in the United States.
Manhattan consistently appears at the top of national rankings for its economic health and quality of life, including Money Magazine's "Top Ten" destinations for those who want to retire young. Manhattan earned that spot based on affordability, recreation, arts, positive population growth, economic health, an enviable and active lifestyle, and access to a world-class university. Forbes Magazine rates it the "Third Best Small Community in the U.S." for business and careers, and CNNMoney.com placed Manhattan among the best places in America to live. In 2015, Manhattan was named one of America's best cities for black entrepreneurs.
Designated "Tree City USA" for 21 consecutive years, Manhattan boasts 21 parks, top-tier health care facilities, shopping, dining and an accredited zoo. Colbert Hills Golf Course is ranked as the top daily fee golf course in Kansas by Golf Digest Magazine. Boating, fishing, water skiing and cycling are lures for students and residents alike. The Manhattan Regional Airport is the second busiest commercial airport in the state of Kansas and offers daily flights to and from Dallas and Chicago. The community is only a two-hour drive from Kansas City.