Mankato Awards

City of Mankato Awards

Mankato and North Mankato were designated as a "Bicycle Friendly Community."  Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen.  

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Achievements that put Mankato, Minnesota on the map:

Sibley Farm named one of Minnesota's "coolest playgrounds"
Mankato's Sibley Farm playground in Sibley Park, 900 Mound Avenue, has been named one of Minnesota nine coolest playgrounds by Newscastic. The playground features farm-themed play equipment, including a real tractor. Sibley Farm is home to animals including alpacas, calves, goats, peacocks and horses.

Forbes ranks Mankato third in the nation--"Best small places for businesses and careers"
Mankato was ranked 3rd in the nation on the Forbes 2014 list of "Best small places for businesses and careers" among metropolitan statistical areas with populations less than 250,000. Items considered to earn the ranking: job growth, business and living costs, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. Other factors include net migration patterns, cultural and recreational opportunities and the number of highly ranked colleges in the area.

Mankato recognized for excellence in operations
The city of Mankato was honored by Cartegraph, a leading provider of operations technology, for its excellence in operations management. Mankato was recognized for its forward thinking approach to managing infrastructure and day-to-day operations in public works. The city uses technology to accurately bill services and track assets, labor, equipment, materials and a fleet of more than 300 vehicles. Accurate tracking helps show how tax dollars are being spent.

Mankato economic growth among top in the nation
Recently, it was reported that Mankato's economic growth leads Minnesota and among the top in the nation. 

Low office and energy costs and productive workforce make Mankato one of the least expensive places to do business in the Upper Midwest; and, in the top 17 percent of the nation.

Vetter Stone Amphitheater named fourth best outdoor music venue in state
The Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Riverfront Park was named the fourth best outdoor music venue in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

Mankato's airport recognized
The Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized the city of Mankato's regional airport with the FAA/Governor's award. This award recognizes excellence in the areas of airport planning, airport development, airport maintenance and public relations.

Mankato-North Mankato designated a "Bicycle Friendly Community"
The League of American Bicyclists have designated the cities of Mankato and North Mankato a "bronze" Bicycle Friendly Community.  The Bicycle Friendly Community program revolutionizes the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while benchmarking progress toward improving bicycle-friendliness.  There are 214 Bicycle Friendly Community designations in 47 states across America, including the greater Mankato area.

Mankato achieves step two as a GreenStep City
Mankato has been recognized by the GreenStep Cities program as a Step Two GreenStep City. To achieve this, the city implemented best practices that help achieve sustainability goals and cost savings, reduce energy use and encourage innovation. Mankato was the first city in southern Minnesota, and one of the first in outstate Minnesota to commit to the program.  GreenStep Cities is a program of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

100 Best Places for Youth

The Mankato community was named as one of the nation’s top 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise for four consecutive years. Meeting the needs of children in the community was identified as one of the main reasons the Mankato community earned this honor. More information is available at America's Promise Alliance.


As featured on MSNBC,  Bizjournals ranked Mankato #7 in its list of 10 dreamtowns nationwide. Focusing on a variety of livability factors, Bizjournals studied 140 micropolitan areas and gave the best marks to well-rounded communities with light traffic, a healthy economy, moderate cost of living, impressive housing stocks, strong educational systems and easy access to big-city amenities. 

Bond ratings benefit citizens

Mankato’s bond ratings were upgraded twice in six months. Bond upgrades are a vote of financial confidence and are comparable to the many benefits associated with an individual’s excellent credit rating. This includes being able to obtain money for capital improvemens at a lower rate to save citizens tax dollars and ultimately lower property taxes. Credit upgrades also help recognize the city as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Cities to Watch

Mankato made "AARP The Magazine's" national list for what makes a community livable: new urbanism, smart growth, mixed-use development and easy-living standards. 


According to, the city of Mankato, Minn. ranks as one of the best small cities to raise a family.

Out of 100 cities in the nation, Mankato, Minn. were ranked in the nation’s top 15. Cities were scored on commute times, educational attainment, median household income, the rate of home ownership, and the cost of living, for which median housing costs were used as a percentage of income as a proxy.

  • Metropolitan Statistical Area: Mankato-North Mankato, MN
  • Commute time rank: 28
  • High school graduation rate rank: 8
  • Median household income rank: 14
  • Home ownership rate rank: 75
  • Cost of living rank: 64