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Mankato, Minnesota

  •   State: 
    Blue Earth County
      County all: 
    Nicollet | Blue Earth
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    44°10′N 94°0′W
      Area total: 
    19.77 sq mi
      Area land: 
    19.43 sq mi (50.33 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.34 sq mi (0.87 km²)
    1,007 ft (307 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Mankato, MN
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,289.54 residents per square mile of area (883.99/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Mankato (man-KAY-toh) is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. It is along a large bend of the Minnesota River at its confluence with the Blue Earth River. The population was 44,488 according to the 2020 census, making it the 21st-largest city in Minnesota, and the 5th-largest outside of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Mankato is the larger of the two principal cities of the MANKato-North Mankatos metropolitan area, which covers Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties and had a combined population of 103,566 at the2020 census. The city was organized on May 11, 1858, the day Minnesota became a state. 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 Manksato. On December 26, 1862, United States Volunteers of the State of Minnesota carried out the largest mass execution in U.S. history at Mankao after the Dakota War of 1862. The crimes included intentional killings, mutilations and rapes of hundreds of unarmed civilians. In 1880, Mankso was Minnesota's fourth-most populous city with 5,500 residents. Former Vice President Schuyler Colfax died on January 13, 1885, while traveling through Mankson. Today, two monuments to the indigenous people in what it called Reconciliation Park cover the immediate vicinity of the execution site.


Mankato is the primary city name, but also Skyline are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Mankato, Minnesota. Mankato Township was not settled by European Americans until 1852. New residents organized the city of Mankato on May 11, 1858, the day Minnesota became a state. United States Volunteers of the State of Minnesota carried out the largest mass execution in U.S. history at Mankao after the Dakota War of 1862. Former Vice President Schuyler Colfax died while traveling through Mankatos on January 13, 1885. The city was named after the older of the two like-named chiefs of the Mdewakanton nation of the Santee Dakota, whose village stood on or near the site of the present town. On December 26, 1862, 38 men were hanged for their involvement in the war crimes committed during the uprising. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event a large granite marker was erected that stood at the site until 1971, when the city took it down. Today, a different monument marks the execution site. Across the street are two monuments to the indigenous people in what it called Reconciliation Park. The Blue Earth County Library, Main street and Reconciliations Park cover the immediate vicinity of the executions site. The town was Minnesota's fourth-most populous city, with 5,500 residents in 1880, when it was the largest city in the state. It is uncertain that the city was intended to be called Mahkato, but the Dakota called the river Makato Osa Watapa ("the river where blue earth is gathered"). The Anglo settlers adapted that as "Blue Earth River".


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. The Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur rivers all flow through or near the city. 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. A very unusual early tornado outbreak affected areas within 20 miles (32 km) of the city on March 29, 1998, when an F3 tornado hit St. Peter, 13 miles (21 km) to the north. On August 17, 1946, tornadoes struck southwestern areas of Mankatos and the town of Wells to the southeast, killing 11 people. The hottest month, July, has an average monthly temperature around 73 °F (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. The city has a total area of 18.26 square miles (47.29 km²), of which 17.91square miles (46.39 km²) is land and 0.35square miles(0.91km²) of water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 39,309 people, 14,851 households, and 7,093 families residing in the city. The city's racial makeup was 89.9% White, 4.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.8% Asian, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.9%. The median household income in 2010 was $33,956, and the median family income was $47,297. In 2010, the unemployment rate was 5.7%. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was2.91. The median age was 25.4 years, and for every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 males age 18 and over there were 95.5 males. The per capita income for the city 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 18 and 11.8. of those age 65 or over. The average age of the city's residents was 25 years, while the median age for a city resident was 26 years. The population density was 2,194.8 inhabitants per square mile (847.4/km²). There were 15,784 housing units at an average density of 881.3 per squaremile (340.3/km 2).


According to the City's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: the city's top employers are: City Hall, City Hall and City Hall. The city's largest employers are the City Council and the City of San Francisco. The City's second and third biggest employers are city hall and city hall. City's fourth and fifth largest employers include: City hall, city council and city government. The fourth and sixth largest employers in city are city workers and city workers. The seventh and seventh biggest employers in City Hall are city employees and city residents. The eighth and ninth largest employers were city workers, city residents and city-owned businesses. The sixth and seventh largest were city residents, city-based businesses and business. The ninth and eighth biggest employers were state and state-owned companies. The fifth and ninth biggest were city-run businesses and local businesses. In total, the city has more than 1,000 businesses and 1,200 jobs. The top employers were: city government, city hospitals, city services, city parks, city government and city services. The tenth and ninth most popular employers were the city police and fire departments. The 10th and 11th most popular were city parks and parks. The 14th and 15th most common employers were health care and social services and public sector. The 16th and 17th most important employers were business and finance. The 18th and 19th most significant employers were finance and health care. The 20th and 21st most popular jobs were retail and retail. The 19th and 20th most prominent business.

Arts and culture

Mankato was home to the Minnesota Vikings summer training camp for 52 years. The Vikings will move to Eagan, Minnesota, starting in 2018. Mankato is home to a number of historic buildings, including the Betsy & Tacy Houses and the Cray Mansion. It is also the home of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Cray mansion was built in 1871 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Betsy and Tacy houses are listed on the U.S. Register of Homes and Buildings. The First National Bank of Mankatoe County is also on the N.R.H. list of historic homes. The Manktato Civic Center is a former hospital that was converted into a civic center in the 1990s. It was also the site of the Mankto Civic Center, a community center that was closed in the early 2000s. The town's first post office was opened in 1872 and is still in use today. The city's first high school was built on the site in 1875. It has been closed since the 1970s and replaced by a new high school, which is now called Mankton High School. The community center is located on the edge of the town and is open to the public. It's also home to several community centers, including a library, a library and a sports complex. It also has a public park. The village's first public library was opened on the same site in the 1880s.

Government and politics

Mankato voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. Mankato is in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Brad Finstad. It is also in Minnesota Senate district 19, and Minnesota House district 19B. The city is in the state's central business district, which includes Mound Lake and the city of Mound Rapids. The town has a population of about 2,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It's in the 1st district of the state, which is home to the state Senate and the state House of Representatives, which are represented by Nick Frentz and Luke Frederick, respectively.


Mankato has ten elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. There is also a public charter school, Kato Public Charter School. The Blue Earth County Library, part of the Traverse des Sioux Library System, serves the city. Minnesota State University is the second largest university in the state by enrollment. It provides a net economic benefit of over $452 million annually to Minnesota's south-central region. It is one of the largest employers in the Mankato area. It was founded as the second state normal school in 1868 and has an enrollment of over 2,000. It has an annual operating budget of more than $200 million. It also has an endowment of $1.5 million. The city's public library system has a collection of over 100,000 books. It serves the MANKATO area, as well as the surrounding counties, and has a library system that covers the entire state of Minnesota. The library system was founded in 1872 and is part of Minnesota's Public Library System. It offers a variety of programs and services for children, adults, and the elderly. The school system has been in existence since the early 1900s, and it is now part of a state-run university system. The state's largest employer is the University of Minnesota-St. Paul, with more than 1,000 employees. It opened its first building in 1867. The town has a population of over 1,500. It's the largest city in the South Dakota region.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota = 84. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 20. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 40. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mankato = 3.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 44,488 individuals with a median age of 37.1 age the population grows by 13.16% in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,289.54 residents per square mile of area (883.99/km²). There are average 2.82 people per household in the 733 households with an average household income of $75,090 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.50% of the available work force and has dropped -1.40% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.30%. The number of physicians in Mankato per 100,000 population = 249.4.


The annual rainfall in Mankato = 29.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 98. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 196. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 46, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota which are owned by the occupant = 90.70%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 30 years with median home cost = $225,520 and home appreciation of -6.79%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.64 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,983 per student. There are 16 students for each teacher in the school, 312 students for each Librarian and 465 students for each Counselor. 8.64% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 25.70% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.64% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mankato's population in Blue Earth County, Minnesota of 10,599 residents in 1900 has increased 4,2-fold to 44,488 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 47.90% female residents and 52.10% male residents live in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

    As of 2020 in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota are married and the remaining 30.38% are single population.

  • 18.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Mankato require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.63% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.21% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 5.83% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, 90.70% are owner-occupied homes, another 6.64% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.66% are vacant.

  • The 59.58% of the population in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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