Best Places to Live

Manhattan, KS

Population: 55,769
Ed McNamara/Courtesy of Historic Downtown Manhattan

This Midwestern college town, dubbed “The Little Apple,” is pretty much the whole package wrapped in small town charm: education, livability and business. That’s why it’s been ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live for two years in a row and our Top 10 Best College Towns. Manhattan ranked in the top 3 for both high wage job growth and affordable housing on this list. It also hit the top 10 for jobs and commute times, and takes a top score for high speed internet access.