Mankato is one of the central communities of the Mankato-North Mankato MSA with a population of over 100,000. Mankato is a retail epicenter with a trade area of over 285,000 people. Located in a “sweet spot” of southern Minnesota, our residents and businesses have access to “bigger city” services and amenities while surrounded by delightful smaller towns and rural areas.
Mankato is home to a diverse economy, productive supply chain, and highly educated and broad talent pool. With over 25,000 students in the region, there is an abundance of talent graduating each year. Agriculture has become increasingly important to our regional 2-year and 4-year institutions with post-secondary institutions instituting new or expanded agribusiness programs.
Fun Fact: Mankato processes more soybeans than any other city in the nation!