Quality of Life

Manhattan is situated just off of Interstate 70, under 2 hours from Kansas City and centrally located within the Flint Hills. Though the average commute time in the US is 26 minutes, the average here is under 17 minutes. With nonstop jet service from Dallas (3 departures daily) and Chicago (2 departures daily) to the Manhattan Regional Airportdirect travel into the community is even more convenient. There are a number of options for public transportation for residents and visitors alike; The Green Apple Bikes program is a free bike-sharing program that is both environmentally friendly and financially sustainable. In addition, ATA bus provides safe and reliable transit in the Manhattan region since 1976.


The “Little Apple” is hardly your typical Midwestern town. It is a foodie’s paradise, a college sports-lovers dream, and an easy place for anyone to call “home.” Manhattan has an abundance of outdoor recreation, from the Konza Prairie, a biological station with numerous hiking trails and stunning views of the Flint Hills, to Tuttle Creek State Park, which offers a swimming beach, fishing space, well over 500 campsites and much more. The community boasts 3 swimming pools, over 15 parks and trails and 5 golf courses for the region to enjoy. Additionally, Manhattan is home to Sunset Zoo, GTM Family Center and Ice Rink, and the Flint Hills Discovery CenterLearn more about the Manhattan community here

Retail and Local Flavor 

Poyntz Avenue, a historic downtown strip offers a variety of locally owned eateries and retail shops, while just down the road is Aggieville - a youthful, concentrated nightlife and restaurant district that is also home to a number of traditions like annual runs, parades and other exciting events. Altogether, the city offers over 150 dining establishments to choose from, many of which can only be found here in the Little Apple. Browse and search for restaurants here.

Community Calendar

Blue Earth Plaza

Blue Earth

Varsity Donuts


Bill Snyder Family Stadium


Konza Prairie