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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Mankato is a town in Minnesota with a population of 41,701. Mankato is in Blue Earth County and is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Living in Mankato offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Mankato there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Mankato and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Mankato are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$879
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Mankato Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    232.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    56.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    39.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    384.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,764.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    178.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    32%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Mankato

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,621
National
$55,322
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I like Mankato, but I do think that it could be more diverse. The population is primarily white and most of them are conservative. The only liberal and diverse groups that live here are on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. I hope that the minorities and liberals that do live here are not harassed for being outside the status quo. Even with everything that has been going on lately with protests, the only protests in Mankato was a group that gathered on the bridge near the freeway; and even then it was mostly college-age individuals that were there.
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I absolutely love Mankato! It’s the perfect size town, not too big and not too small. There are many restaurants, gyms, and other places of business that are great. The town is very clean and well kept almost all the time. People really take pride in their community here and you can tell by their lawns, homes, and places of business are very pristine. The only thing I would change are the drivers. I know we don’t live in a world where that can happen, but almost every day I get super close to getting hit or I have to do some very defensive driving. It’s not just because of the college kids either, it’s people of all ages.
I love the town of Mankato. It is very welcoming and a perfect size. This town has everything I need and more! It has parks, shopping, food, coffee shops, etc. I am very happy that I can call this town home. I would not change anything about Mankato.