is a city in Pottawatomie and Riley counties in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Kansas. Located at the junction of the Big Blue and Kansas rivers, the city is the county seat of Riley County. As of the July 2007 census estimate, its population was 51,707, making it the eighth-largest city in Kansas. It is the principal city of the Manhattan, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area – with an estimated population of 113,629, the Manhattan MSA surpasses that of Lawrence, Kansas, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state.
in 1977 as a play on New York City's "Big Apple," it is best known for being the home of Kansas State University and has a distinct college town feel. Eight miles (13 km) west of the city is Fort Riley, a United States Army post. In 2007, CNN and
magazine rated Manhattan as one of the ten best places in America to retire young.
Manhattan is located at (39.190142, -96.586818), or about west of Topeka on the Kansas River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.0 square miles (38.9 km²), 0.07% of it water.