With a score of 693 based on affordability of housing, education, infrastructure and economic factors, Manhattan falls just one point behind Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take second on Livability’s 2018 list of the top 100 places to live in the U.S.
“I’m not too surprised it got such a good ranking,” Sydney Anderson, sophomore in computer science, said. “From what I’ve seen, people here are really friendly, so I can see that as being an aspect of it.”
The presence of Kansas State University, low unemployment rate, proximity to an airport and access to reasonably priced living arrangements can all be attributed to Manhattan’s high score.
“It’s certainly more affordable than its NYC counterpart,” Livability said in explanation.
Other notable entries include Overland Park, Kansas, in 11th place and Lawrence in 23rd.