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Retire in Manhattan, Kansas?
Overview: Located in northeastern Kansas, leafy Manhattan, also known as the "Little Apple," is the home of Kansas State University (25,000 students) and has a distinct collegiate ambiance. It was founded by a group of New England "Free Staters" in the 1850s and became the site of KSU in 1863.
Today, Manhattan is often noted as a "best place to live" and has a zoo, a nationally-ranked golf course, an art museum (several are on campus) and plenty of festivals and events. The downtown has an eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, bookstores, coffeehouses and restaurants. KSU's athletic department is a big part of Manhattan's social scene, and "Aggieville," a section of town with 100 stores and restaurants, attracts boisterous crowds (particularly following KSU football games). The attractive Manhattan Town Center Mall has national retailers, including J.C. Penney and Dillard's. Restaurants, both locally owned and national chains, are all over the cuisine map.
KSU boasts an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for anyone over the age of 50, and the school's Department of Music, Theater and Dance presents ballet, concert and theater performances. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, on the north edge of town, is the place for water fun.
Fort Riley (population 25,000) protected Manhattan during the 19th-century "Bloody Kansas" period and is still located south west of the city. Many military families call Manhattan home.
Population: 57,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 20%
Cost of Living: 10% below the national average
Median Home Price: $198,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and humidity is high. Winter temperatures are in the teens, 20s and 30s. On average, the area receives 30 inches of rain and 20 inches of snow per year. Winter skies are often overcast.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Kansas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Manhattan is in "Tornado Alley' and has a tornado risk that is 175% above the national average. The poverty rate is above the national average, but this is attributed to the large student population.
Notes: Neighborhoods west of KSU tend to be more sedate than the "student-intense areas around the campus. The city has grown by 9% in the last decade but has little racial diversity.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Kansas is named after the Kansas River which flows through it and was for thousands of years the home of various Native American tribes. After years of conflict between New England Free Staters and pro-slavery factions from Missouri, Kansas entered the Union as a free state in 1861.
Today, Kansas is one of the country's most productive agricultural regions and is carpeted with waving wheat and sunflower fields.
Famous people from Kansas include John Brown (abolitionist), Kirstie Alley (actress), Walter Chrysler (automaker), Bob Dole (politician) and Amelia Earhart (aviator).
It is said that Kansas has 6,000 ghost towns.
Population - 2,907,289
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 90%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 31%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 11%
White persons, not Hispanic - 76%
Median household income - $52,300
Median home value - $132,100
Social Security taxed? Yes, but only on adjusted gross income above $75,000
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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