Mankato is a major regional center that has been designated as the 14th Most Livable Micropolitan City in the Nation. Mankato has a population of 36,240 with a contiguous population area of 49,175. There is a trade area population of more than 300,000 and there are 1.6 million people who live within 60 miles of Mankato. The City of Mankato is renowned for great parks and trails. Rivers, lakes, ravines, bluffs, natural prairies and forested areas offer breathtaking landscapes and provide a scenic backdrop for an area steeped in historic significance. At the same time, Mankatoans enjoy the peace of mind and quality of life often associated with smaller towns.
The city blends activities for all ages and interest levels. Mankato’s civic center has hosted nationally touring ice shows, music concerts and theatre productions as well as supporting local events. Recreational opportunities abound in the Mankato area for most sports or interests for every season of the year.
The city provides a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, water that surpasses drinking water standards, a highly developed storm drainage system, has had its bond rating upgraded twice within six months and is a safe place to live. The city is committed to providing the very best in public safety programs believing that prevention is best.
A variety of health care choices are available in Mankato. Education is central to the area’s quality of life and economy. Mankato Area Public Schools offers lifelong learning opportunities for children and adults with available programs ranging from pre-Kindergarten through post-graduate studies. Mankato has been named as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise. The Youth Voice in Local Government Program, reduced-fee bus rides and bike racks on buses were all key city contributions.
Additionally, post-secondary opportunities include Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Rasmussen Business College, Mankato; and South Central College, North Mankato.
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