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|Counties||Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur|
|• Type||City charter|
|• Mayor||Najwa Massad|
|• City||19.44 sq mi (50.36 km2)|
|• Land||19.08 sq mi (49.42 km2)|
|• Water||0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)|
|Elevation||794 ft (238 m)|
|• Density||2,214.86/sq mi (855.17/km2)|
|• Metro||101,647 (US: 353rd)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0647438|
Mankato ( // man-KAY-toh) is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. The population was 42,610 according to 2018 US census estimates, making it the fifth largest city in Minnesota outside the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. The county seat of Blue Earth County, it is along a large bend of the Minnesota River at its confluence with the Blue Earth River. Mankato is across the Minnesota River from North Mankato. Mankato and North Mankato have a combined population of over 56,500 according to the 2018 census estimates. It completely encompasses the town of Skyline. North of Mankato Regional Airport, a tiny non-contiguous part of the city lies within Le Sueur County. Most of the city is in Blue Earth County.
Mankato is the larger of the two principal cities of the Mankato-North Mankato metropolitan area, which covers Blue Earth and Nicollet countiesand had a combined population of 94,149 at the 2010 census. The 2018 Census estimate is 101,647. The U.S. Census Bureau designated Mankato a Metropolitan Statistical Area in November 2008.
In 2017, Schools.com named Mankato the second-best small college town in the United States.
The area was long settled by various cultures of indigenous peoples. After European colonization began on the East Coast, pressure from settlement and other Native American tribes caused various peoples to migrate into the area. By the mid-19th century, four Dakota language–speaking divisions of the Dakota Sioux were the primary indigenous group.
Mankato Township was not settled by European Americans until Parsons King Johnson in February 1852, as part of the 19th-century migration of people from the east across the Midwest. New residents organized the city of Mankato on May 11, 1858. The city was organized by Henry Jackson, Parsons King Johnson, Col. D.A. Robertson, Justus C. Ramsey, and others. A popular story says that the city was supposed to have been named Mahkato, but a typographical error by a clerk established the name as Mankato.According to Warren Upham, quoting historian Thomas Hughes of Mankato, "The honor of christening the new city was accorded to Col. Robertson. He had taken the name from Nicollet's book, in which the French explorer compared the 'Mahkato" or Blue Earth River, with all its tributaries, to the water nymphs and their uncle in the German legend of Undine.'...No more appropriate name could be given the new city, than that of the noble river at whose mouth it is located." While it is uncertain that the city was intended to be called Mahkato, the Dakota called the river Makato Osa Watapa (meaning "the river where blue earth is gathered"). The Anglo settlers adapted that as "Blue Earth River". According to Frederick Webb Hodge, in his "Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico," Volume 1, page 801, the town was named after the older of the two like-named chiefs of the Mdewakanton division of the Santee Dakota, whose village stood on or near the site of the present town.
Ishtakhaba , also known as Chief Sleepy Eye, of the Sisseton band of Dakota Indians, was said to have directed settlers to this location. He said the site at the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers was well suited to building and river traffic, and yet safe from flooding.
On December 26, 1862, the US Army carried out the largest mass execution in U.S. history at Mankato following the Dakota War of 1862. Thirty-eight Dakota Native Americans were hanged for their parts in the uprising. A military tribunal had sentenced 303 to death, but President Lincoln reviewed the record and pardoned 265, believing they had been involved in legitimate defense against military forces. Episcopal Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple had urged leniency in the case, but his position was not politically popular in Minnesota, nor was Lincoln's intervention. Two commemorative statues stand on the site of the hangings (now home to the Blue Earth County Library and Reconciliation Park).
In 1880, Mankato ranked fourth in size in the state. The population was 5,500.
Former Vice President Schuyler Colfax died while traveling in Mankato on January 13, 1885.
Mankato was the basis for Deep Valley in Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series of children's books and novels. The children/young adult wing of the Blue Earth County Library is named in her honor.
In Sinclair Lewis's 1920 novel Main Street , heroine Carol Milford is a former Mankato resident. Lewis describes Mankato as follows: "In its garden-sheltered streets and aisles of elms is white and green New England reborn", alluding to its many migrants from New England, who brought their culture with them. Lewis wrote a substantial portion of the novel while staying at the J.W. Schmidt House at 315 South Broad Street, as now marked by a small plaque in front of the building.
In the Little House on the Prairie television series, Mankato is a trading town that the citizens of Walnut Grove visit. It does not appear in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.
The 1972 film The New Land, a sequel to The Emigrants (1971), both by Swedish director Jan Troell, depicts the mass execution of the 38 Dakota Indians at the end of the 1862 Dakota War.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.26 square miles (47.29 km2), of which 17.91 square miles (46.39 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2) is water. The Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur Rivers all flow through or near the city.
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Mankato has a humid continental climate, type Dfa (hot summer subtype). Winters are cold, with snow cover (continuous most winter seasons) beginning typically between mid-November and mid-December, ending in March most years. However, Mankato often receives less snow than areas to its north and east. For example, Minneapolis, 75 miles northeast of Mankato, averages over 54 inches or 1.37 metres of snow per winter season, compared to Mankato's seasonal average of 35 inches or 0.89 metres. The coldest month, January, has an average monthly temperature around 14 °F or −10.0 °C. A significant hazard during winter is dangerously low wind-chill temperatures, as Arctic air outbreaks rush into the area from Canada, borne on high winds; this can bring ground blizzard conditions, especially in nearby rural areas.
Summers are warm, with occasional but usually brief hot, humid periods, often interspersed with pushes of cooler air from Canada, often preceded by showers and thunderstorms. The hottest month, July, has an average monthly temperature around 73 °F or 22.8 °C. Precipitation falls year round, but falls mostly as snow from December to February, sometimes March, and as showers and thunderstorms during the warmer season, from May to September. Mankato's average wettest months are from June to August, with frequent thunderstorm activity. Mankato lies on the northern fringe of the central United States’ main tornado belt, with lower risk than in Iowa and Missouri to the south. The highest-risk months for severe thunderstorms and (rarely) tornadoes, are May through July. However, a very unusual early tornado outbreak affected areas within 20 miles of Mankato on March 29, 1998, when an F3 tornado hit St. Peter, 13 miles to Mankato's north. On August 17, 1946, tornadoes struck southwestern areas of Mankato and the town of Wells to the southeast, killing 11 people.
|Climate data for Mankato, Minnesota|
|Record high °F (°C)||62|
|Average high °F (°C)||23|
|Average low °F (°C)||6|
|Record low °F (°C)||−38|
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||0.96|
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||7.5|
|Source: National Climatic Data Center|
|U.S. Decennial Census |
As of the census 2,194.8 inhabitants per square mile (847.4/km2). There were 15,784 housing units at an average density of 881.3 per square mile (340.3/km2). The city's racial makeup was 89.9% White, 4.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.of 2010, there were 39,309 people, 14,851 households, and 7,093 families residing in the city. The population density was
There were 14,851 households, of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.2% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.
The median age in the city was 25.4 years. 16.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 32.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 16.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The city's gender makeup was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 32,427 people, 12,367 households, and 6,059 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,132.5 people per square mile (823.2/km²). There were 12,759 housing units at an average density of 839.1 per square mile (323.9/km²). The city's racial makeup was 92.55% White, 1.90% African American, 0.34% Native American, 2.81% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.
There were 12,367 households, of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90.
16.9% of the city's residents were under the age of 18; 32.5% were between age 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 15.4% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were age 65 or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.
The city's median household income was $33,956, and the median family income was $47,297. Males had a median income of $30,889 versus $22,081 for females. The city's per capita income in 2010 was $25,772.About 8.5% of families and 19.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over. In 2010, the Unemployment Rate was 5.7%.
Mankato is in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Jim Hagedorn (R).It is in Minnesota Senate district 19, represented by Nick Frentz (DFL), and Minnesota House district 19B, represented by Jack Considine (DFL).
The major daily newspaper in the area is the Mankato Free Press .
|7.1||KMNF-LD||NBC||KEYC NBC||7.2||CW+||Gray Television|
|12.1||KEYC||CBS||KEYC 12||12.2||FOX||Gray Television|
|FM radio stations|
|89.1 FM|| K206DI |
|Faith 900||Christian talk and teaching||University of Northwestern - St. Paul|
|89.7 FM||KMSU||The Maverick||College||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|90.5 FM||KNGA||MPR News||NPR||Minnesota Public Radio|
|91.5 FM||KGAC||Classical MPR||Classical||Minnesota Public Radio|
|93.1 FM||KATO||Minnesota 93||Country||Linder Radio Group|
|94.1 FM||KXLP||Classic rock||Linder Radio Group|
|94.9 FM|| K235BH |
|Life 98.5||Contemporary Christian||University of Northwestern - St. Paul|
|95.3 FM|| K235BH |
|89.3 The Current||Adult Album Alternative||Minnesota Public Radio|
|95.7 FM||KMKO||Rock 95||Active Rock||Digity, LLC|
|96.7 FM||KDOG||Hot 96.7||Top 40||Linder Radio Group|
|99.1 FM||KEEZ||Mix 99-1||Top 40||Alpha Media|
|100.5 FM||KXAC||Magic 100.5 KXAC||Oldies||Linder Radio Group|
|101.7 FM|| K269EC |
|Rock 95||Active Rock||Digity, LLC|
|102.7 FM|| K247AL |
|News/Talk||Linder Radio Group|
|103.1 FM|| K276EH |
|The Fan||Sport Talk||Linder Radio Group|
|103.5 FM||KYSM||Country 103.5 KYSM||Country||Digity, LLC|
|104.5 FM||KJLY||Christian||Mid-Iowa Christian Broadcasting|
|105.1 FM|| K286AW |
|89.3 The Current||Adult Album Alternative||Minnesota Public Radio|
|105.5 FM||KRBI||River 105||Adult contemporary||Digity, LLC|
|107.1 FM|| K296ER |
|Christian||Mid-Iowa Christian Broadcasting|
|AM radio stations|
|1230||KFSP||The Fan||Sports/Sports Talk||Linder Radio Group|
|1420||KTOE||News/Talk||Linder Radio Group|
According to the City's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Mayo Clinic Health System||2,300|
|2||Minnesota State University||1,816|
|3||Independent school District 77||1,450|
|6||Blue Earth County||479|
|7||Mankato Rehabilitation Center Inc||441|
|8||Monarch Healthcare Management||436|
|9||The City of Mankato||382|
The Mankato Area Public Schools are consolidated to include the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, and Madison Lake. There are ten elementary schools (Franklin, Eagle Lake, Kennedy, Washington, Roosevelt, Jefferson, Monroe, Hoover, Rosa Parks, and Bridges); two middle schools (Dakota Meadows Middle School and Prairie Winds Middle School); and two high schools (Mankato West High School and Mankato East High School).
Mankato has four parochial schools: Loyola Catholic School, Immanuel Lutheran Grade School and High School (K–12), Mount Olive Lutheran School (K–8) and Risen Savior Lutheran School (K–8). There is also a public charter school, Kato Public Charter School. The alternative school Central High, on Fulton Street is another educational option.
The Blue Earth County Library, part of the Traverse des Sioux Library System, serves the city.
Mankato/North Mankato was ranked 16th in the nation in a survey of 577 cities nationwide. The survey rates the country's "micropolitan" areas in multiple quality of life criteria.
This national youth advocacy group, founded by Gen. Colin Powell and dedicated to making children and youth a priority, named Mankato one of the top 100 communities in the nation for kids. Criteria included the presence of caring adults, transportation for children, presence of places to learn and grow, education opportunities, and opportunities for children to volunteer.
Rolling Stone magazine named Mankato/St. Peter one of the top 50 college towns in the country because of its rich and diverse music scene.
For three consecutive years, Mankato/North Mankato ranked in the top 25 small cities nationwide for new and expanded corporate facility projects. The community ranked 16th in 2002(the Minnesota community to make the list), 13th in 2003, and 23rd in 2004.
Mankato and North Mankato placed in the top 50 U.S. cities classified as "dreamtowns". Cities were ranked according to quality of life indicators such as vitality, supply of good jobs, freedom from stress, connection to cultural mainstream, support for schools, access to health care, low cost of living, and small town character.
The City of Mankato was named the 14th most livable micropolitan in America and number one in Minnesota.
Public transportation in Mankato is provided by the Mankato Transit System. The city is served by Mankato Regional Airport which has no commercial flights. Under MnDOT's 2015 State Rail Plan, Mankato is listed as a Tier 1 Corridor for regional rail service from Minneapolis and/or St. Paul. U.S. Highways 14 and 169 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 60 are four of the main routes in Mankato.
The following routes are within the city of Mankato.
Watonwan County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,211. Its county seat is St. James.
Waseca County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 19,136. Its county seat is Waseca.
Nicollet County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,727. Its county seat is St. Peter.
Faribault County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 14,553. Its county seat is Blue Earth.
Brown County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 25,893. Its county seat is New Ulm. The county was formed in 1855 and organized in 1856.
Blue Earth County is a county in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 64,013. Its county seat is Mankato. The county is named for the Blue Earth River and for the deposits of blue-green clay once evident along the banks of the Blue Earth River.
Amboy is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 534 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was founded in 1879. It celebrated its 125th anniversary in September, 2004.
Good Thunder is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, along the Maple River. The population was 583 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Madison Lake is a small city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,017 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Mankato Township is a township in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,969 as of the 2010 census.
Mapleton is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,756 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Skyline is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 289 at the 2010 census. However, the population was estimated to be 296 in 2018. It is adjacent to the city of Mankato and is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
South Bend Township is a township in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,682 as of the 2010 census.
St. Clair is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, along the Le Sueur River. The population was 868 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Vernon Center is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, along the Blue Earth River. The population was 332 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mankato–North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Farmington is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 21,086 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
Blue Earth is a city in Faribault County, Minnesota, at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Blue Earth River. The population was 3,353 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Faribault County. It is home to a statue of the Jolly Green Giant. Additionally, Interstate Highway 90 is centered on Blue Earth, as the east and west construction teams met here in 1978. As a tribute, there is a golden stripe of concrete on the interstate near Blue Earth. This draws a parallel to the golden spike set in the first transcontinental railroad.
Kasota is a city within the larger Kasota Township, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 675 at the 2010 census.
Minnesota Lake is a city in Blue Earth and Faribault counties in the State of Minnesota. The population was 687 at the 2010 census. The bulk of the city is in Faribault County; only a small part extends into Blue Earth County.
North Mankato is a city in Nicollet and Blue Earth counties in the State of Minnesota. The population was 13,394 at the 2010 census.
Top Five Employers: Taylor Cos. (2,400 employees), Mayo Clinic Health System (1,830 employees), Minnesota State University Mankato (1,700 employees), Mankato Area Public Schools (1,200 employees), MRCI (1,200 employees), Source: Greater Mankato Growth
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