Mankato is just 75 minutes away from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and 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 of 60,000, including college students, is small enough to avoid the magnitude of problems most often associated with many urban and suburban areas, yet is large enough to ensure a wide variety of amenities. The Greater Mankato area serves south central Minnesota's regional population of 300,000+, in providing commercial, higher education, health care, retail, and entertainment services.
This video highlights the wide spectrum of the marketplace’s attributes including livability, vast education and health care systems, existing business sectors and economic successes. Ranked #3 in the nation on Forbes 2014 list of “Best Small Places for Business & Careers” and #8 in the nation for work – life balance according to nerdwallet.com, Greater Mankato is a great place to live, work and play.
Mayo Clinic Health System is the presenting sponsor of the Mankato Marathon. Watch the runners talk about their journey and experience at the 2014 Mankato Marathon below.
* Cited from Life in America's Small Cities, G. Scott Thomas, Saturday, July 24, 1990 and later editions.