Getting noticed for the right reasons

Growth rate is most recent highlight

By The Mercury

A housing development here, some new businesses there and a top-notch university, and the next thing we know, Manhattan is getting another dose of good national publicity.

It happened again last week when the Washington Post published Census Bureau data on America’s fastest growing cities. Manhattan didn’t finish in the top 10 nationally, but it is the fastest growing large city — 50,000 or more residents — in Kansas. According to the Census Bureau, Manhattan’s growth rate from 2010 to 2013 was 7.4 percent.

But Manhattan isn’t being noticed just by the Census Bureau and it isn’t being noticed solely for its growth. For the last four years, Forbes magazine has included Manhattan on its top five list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

Also, Business Insider included Kansas State University in its list of Twenty Best College Campuses in the United States.

In 2013, the Manhattan Metropolitan Statistical Area was rated the No. 3 Best Metro for Community Banking by That same year the Census Bureau listed the Manhattan MSA as one of the top 10 fastest growing MSAs in the country.

And for good measure, a real estate website,, included Manhattan as one of its “Ten Most Exciting Small Cities in America.”

Rather than wonder why the Little Apple finds itself on enviable lists both of small cities and large cities — the list of lists is growing quickly — let’s savor the reality that a lot is going right here and we’re getting the sort of attention that most cities crave.

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