About Mankato

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The greater Mankato community, consisting of Mankato and North Mankato, is located in the scenic Minnesota River valley approximately 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The combined populations are more than 44,000.

Area businesses are well balanced between commercial, industrial and agricultural. Employment opportunities are offered in health care, education, high technology, manufacturing, printing, retail and service- related industries.

Mankato/North Mankato has one daily newspaper, two AM and 6 FM radio stations, and two television stations (one CBS affiliate, one public access).

The communities of Mankato/North Mankato are a regional medical center offering the services of more than 100 physicians and the care of a large medical center, Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System.

The Verizon Wireless Center seats up to 7,000 people and hosts conventions, sporting events, trade shows, seminars and a variety of celebrations.


The average ACT scores of local students are consistently higher than the average of the state's and nation's test scores. Ninety percent enroll in post-secondary schooling.

Independent School District 77 enrolls approximately 7,200 K-12 students in nine elementary schools, one junior/senior high school, one high school, and a middle school. Approximately another 1,100 students participate in private education at the K-12 level through the Loyola Catholic School and five private schools associated with Protestant congregations.

There are five post-secondary institutions within a 12 mile radius of Mankato.

Minnesota State University, Mankato The largest post-secondary institution in southern Minnesota.
South Central Technical College Offers certificate, diploma and Associate of Applied Science degrees.
Bethany Lutheran College A private liberal arts school.
Rasmussen College Offers two-year programs in a wide variety of business subjects.
Gustavus Adolphus College A private, residential college located in St. Peter, MN.


The communities of Mankato/North Mankato are a regional retail center for southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. There are specialty shops, a shopping mall with over 100 stores, an array of restaurants from casual to fine dining, coffee houses, and places of accommodation ranging from a bed and breakfast, a full service hotel, to camping sites. The Farmer's Market offers buyers the opportunity to buy fresh produce from June through October.

Cultural Events

The 80-piece Mankato Symphony Orchestra offers five presentations each season featuring national and international guest artists.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Theatre Arts Department offers a rich array of high quality theatrical productions.

Ylvislaker Auditorium at Bethany Lutheran College provides a selection of musical recitals.

The Mankato Ballet enrolls students of all ages and performs a variety of short and full productions.


There are more than 50 lakes within 15 miles of Mankato/North Mankato for fishing, boating, and swimming.

Opportunities for walking, jogging or bicycling exist in 47 parks and three hiking trails.

The immediate Mankato/North Mankato area has four golf courses and there are another half dozen in the surrounding region.

Mount Kato offers mid-western skiing experiences on 19 trails in the winter and seven miles of mountain biking opportunities in the summer.

Mankato is the location of the summer training camp of the Minnesota Vikings.

Professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Vikings play in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Cultural Diversity

There are several annual culturally diverse festivals or activities, including the following:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • Mdewakanton Pow Wow, noted on the State Tourism Guide, that brings approximately 1,000 visitors to Mankato
  • Community/MSU Cinco de Mayo Celebration
  • Mankato Area International Festival
  • Women in Spirituality Conference
  • Pan African Student Leadership Conference (African and African-American)
  • The Mankato area is enriched with a variety of ethnic restaurants including German, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Hispanic traditional foods.


There is a wide variety of single family housing available ranging in costs of less than $100,000 to more than $300,000.

Quality of Life

The residents of Mankato/North Mankato enjoy a personal level of safety due to a low crime rate.

The health of Minnesota residents is rated among the top three states in the nation.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee for the position sought, visit City of Mankato visitor information or Greater Mankato Convention & Visitors Bureau websites.