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Retirement Living In Manhattan - Kansas

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Area Description

Manhattan KS is a very vibrant college town, home to Kansas State University. Huge number of accolades in recent years, to include # 2 Best Place to Live in the U.S. by Livability.com in 2018.

In the Greater Manhattan, Kansas, region, we like to say we’re “something special in between.” If you look at a map, you can see all the places we’re “in between” geographically, but we’re in between in a lot of other good ways as well.

Best of Both Worlds
At times, you will feel as if you’re in a big city, and at others, you’re back in your own hometown. You can see Yo Yo Ma or Kristen Chenoweth on Friday night on the K-State campus, then run into your kid’s teacher while shopping at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning or while enjoying one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Midwest.

Our largest city, Manhattan, isn’t a farming community, but it has one of the greatest concentrations of agricultural and bioscience expertise in the world. Just a few miles outside the city limits, you’re in the beautiful, rolling Flint Hills, experiencing rural beauty and the original home on the range.

Downtown Manhattan is a foodie hotspot with its fine dining establishments, breweries and casual restaurants. Nearby Wamego is a popular tourist destination, featuring the Oz Museum, a winery and authentic Kansas dining experiences. Our region’s lifestyle boutiques and trendy entertainment options will keep you and your family well supplied and amused.

Big XII Athletics
There is absolutely nothing like Manhattan on a home-game Saturday in October at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The K-State Family paints the town purple and you need to see it to believe it. Soccer in the state-of-the art Buser Family Park brings crowds out to see top-caliber talent compete and win. Basketball games in the “Octagon of Doom” at Bramlage Coliseum are a raucous, blood-pumping experience, to be sure. Check out K-State Athletics to find out what The Wildcat Way is all about.

Our People
Kansas State University and Fort Riley, home of the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division, are the engines of our region, bringing people here from all over the world with new ideas and new energy. These folks become friends and neighbors to lifelong Kansans who revel in the vitality and diversity of our communities.

While we know we have far to go, we are working on issues of inclusion and justice. Manhattan was the first city in Kansas to pass an ordinance guaranteeing the rights of LGBTQI+ people in housing, employment and other basic human rights, and was named the second most inclusive city in Kansas, trailing only a Kansas City suburb. K-State’s Black Student Union is consistently ranked number one among Big XII universities. Our churches, synagogue and mosques collaborate to address food insecurity and other needs of our citizens. Come help us make progress!

Pace of Life
We jokingly lament our 12-minute commutes and “traffic jams” when we’re stopped five cars back at a light. We love our laid-back summers and love it even more when “the students” of K-State come back in August with their energy and excitement.

Our stable economy, active housing market and wide variety of options mean great choices for new folks coming to town. And a shared spirit of civic engagement means that if you want to join, volunteer, lead, march or anything in between, you will be welcome in our many civic organizations, clubs and interest groups.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Numerous activities in a safe college town where people value the outdoors.

K-State Gardens
Konza Prairie Biological Station
Manhattan City Park
Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area
Tuttle Creek Lake, State Park and Wildlife Area
Wildcat Fitness and Fun
Colbert Hills Golf Course
Sunset Zoological Park
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Little Apple Lanes (Bowling)
Prairiewood Retreat and Trails
Cico Park and Riley County Fairgrounds

Cultural Activities

Very vibrant arts scene; the Landon Lecture series has featured live speeches from every president from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.

Beach Museum of Art
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Midwest Dream Car Collection
Strecker Nelson Art Gallery
Liquid Art Winery

Public transportation

Comprehensive bus service. MHK Regional Airport with daily flights to and from Dallas Fort Worth and Chicago via American Airlines.

Medical Facilities

Ascension Via Christi Hospital
Manhattan Surgical Hospital
Stormont Vail Health
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center
Pawnee Mental Health Services
Meadowlark Hills
Via Christi Village
Lafene Health Center, KSU

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Manhattan, Kansas?

For those of you that retire in Manhattan, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's. Expect a few days of rain.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Manhattan such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Manhattan is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Manhattan, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  17  29  40
 Feb  21  33  45
 Mar  31  43  56
 Apr  42  54  67
 May  53  64  76
 Jun  62  74  85
 Jul  68  79  90
 Aug  65  77  89
 Sep  55  68  81
 Oct  43  56  69
 Nov  31  43  55
 Dec  20  31  42

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  2
 Feb  0  24  1
 Mar  0  18  0
 Apr  0  6  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  7  0  0
 Jul  16  0  0
 Aug  14  0  0
 Sep  5  0  0
 Oct  1  5  0
 Nov  0  18  0
 Dec  0  28  2

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  4  19 %
 Feb  1 "  5  23 %
 Mar  2 "  7  31 %
 Apr  3 "  9  40 %
 May  5 "  11  52 %
 Jun  5 "  11  62 %
 Jul  4 "  9  66 %
 Aug  4 "  9  65 %
 Sep  3 "  8  56 %
 Oct  3 "  8  43 %
 Nov  2 "  6  32 %
 Dec  1 "  4  23 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  4 "  8  2
 Feb  4 "  6  2
 Mar  2 "  1  1
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  4 "  7  2

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Cost of Living for Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, Kansas cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, Kansas offers the following assistance for seniors:

Manhattan Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, In-Home Healthcare, Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Via Christi Village, Foundation Park.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Manhattan Offer For Retirees?

Numerous in a college town; very high level of volunteerism from the zoo to museums to service organizations.

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