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Mankato, Minnesota

One of the most livable small cities in the United States*


  • Mankato, Minnesota, which has easy access to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area just 70 minutes away has been rated among the top most livable small cities in the United States*. This attests to the high quality of life in our community. The local population, 60,000 within five miles including college students, is small enough to avoid the magnitude of problems most often associated with many urban and some suburban areas yet is large enough to ensure a wide variety of amenities. The greater Mankato area serves south central Minnesota's regional population, some 260,000+, in providing commercial, higher education, healthcare, retail, and entertainment services.
  • There are fewer and fewer opportunities occurring in parts of the country that offer both a satisfying professional career and an excellent quality of life. The Mankato area is one of them. Mankato is a progressive community with a very low crime rate and excellent schools. Minnesota has been named one of the best states in the country for raising children and one of the best places to live in America. There are several area colleges and many outstanding four-season recreational activities.
  • * Life in America's Small Cities," G. Scott Thomas, Saturday, July 24, 1990, and later editions


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