Known as the Little Apple, Manhattan is nestled in the heart of Kansas's scenic Flint Hills. First settled in 1855, Manhattan was incorporated in 1857 and now encompasses approximately 18 square miles. The community of roughly 55,000 serves a three-county, 130,000-population regional area as a leader in education, trade, health care, entertainment, culture, and communication.
Kansas State University is the leading employer in Manhattan, with more than 6,000 employees on the campus that serves more than 22,795 students. KSU has the vision to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025 and boasts top athletics programs that attract large crowds to the Manhattan area. Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division, known as the "Big Red One," and employs more than 3,500 civilian personnel.