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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$790
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Mankato Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    148
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    42
    41
  • Robbery
    56
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    540
    500
  • Theft
    2,559
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    119
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,808
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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I have lived in Mankato since day 1. This town is where I spent the last 17 years of my life growing up and I couldn't be more proud to say that. Mankato is a very fast growing and improving city. I believe that this city isn't too big or too small. The public schools are great, maybe will need to build more schools in future because of towns growth! It's not hard to meet a friendly person in this town, because everyone is very kind and friendly. The businesses in this city are continuing to grow and thrive, I believe job opportunities are pretty good. Commute time is very good with the town not being too terribly big. I could say much more but I think you get my point :)
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Mankato is a very active community with many things to do for families, such as the ymca, parks, and trails. There are also several colleges here including MSU which has the vikings training camps in the summer. Also there is tons of programs here to help you jumpstart your life and get things rolling!
The town has a diverse populations and many options when it comes to finding things to do around town. You can shop at any of the numerous stores in town or take in a movie at one of three theaters in town. Also there are various parks to visit, one even with animals. The crime rate is low. The one thing I would change about our town is currently they are trying to make us more like the Twin Cities, super tall buildings in the downtown area. This is pushing mom and pop stores that have been in this town for decades because they can't compete or they are bought out by bigger businesses.