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Overview of Mankato

Located about 85 miles outside of Minneapolis, the popular travel destination of Mankato, Minn., is home to stunning natural beauty, a traditional and family-friendly atmosphere, and a variety of entertainment options. Mankato's nearly 40,000 residents appreciate the town's academic atmosphere, as it is home to Minnesota State University, Bethany Lutheran College, and Rasmussen College. Thanks to the town's population of college students and young professionals, Mankato's median resident age is just 25.4, which is almost 20 years younger than the Minnesota state average. Those searching for Mankato apartments for rent will appreciate this youthful and dynamic community in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Living in Mankato, MN

Originally known as Mahkato - meaning "greenish blue earth" to the area's first inhabitants, the Dakota Native Americans - Mankato was established as a European community in 1852. Located on the banks of the Minnesota River, Mankato soon became a hotspot for settlers looking to build communities and raise families. Mankato was incorporated just a few years later when it received its charter in 1868.

Today, Mankato is truly one of Minnesota's finest communities. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Mankato as a "Bicycle Friendly Community." The city also earned a GreenStep Cities Program recognition for its efforts in sustainability. Forbes listed Mankato as no. 11 on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers and the no. 15 spot on Best Places to Raise a Family. These and other accolades reflect the unique nature of this attractive college town. 

Mankato Attractions and Special Events

Mankato is known for its many outdoor attractions and natural landscapes. Rasmussen Woods Park boasts more than 150 acres of outdoor space. The North Minnesota River Trail passes through the town, offering wildlife views, exercise and miles of recreation. Those searching for apartments in Mankato will want to check out Mankato's gathering spaces, such as Riverfront Park, the Floyd Roberts Jr. Pavilion and the city's seven indoor ice rinks.

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