Why Mankato?

Greater Mankato Potential

The Greater Mankato region, includes Blue Earth and Nicollet counties (Mankato-North Mankato MSA), as well as the adjacent community of Le Sueur.  Each day 250,000 people live, go to school, work in or visit Greater Mankato, and well over a million people reside within 60 miles of the market’s economic center.

The Greater Mankato MSA is the fastest growing Greater MN Based MSA, with a growth of 1.25% from 2000 to 2010.

  • 10th in the nation on Forbes 2013 list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers
  • 8th in the nation on NerdWallet’s 2013 list of best places for Work-Life Balance based on hours worked per week, daily comuting time and median earnings
  • Top 25% in the nation for Job Growth by NewGeography.com for the area’s creation of short and long-term jobs

Source: KTOE News & Greater Mankato Growth.  See more rankings here.

See the latest Greater Mankato – The Way to Grow positioning guide.


Industries in the Greater Mankato area with the most employees 

3 Digit NAICS Code Product/Services
622 Hospitals
323 Printing & Related Support Activities
611 Educational Services
624 Social Assistance
333 Machinery Manufacturing
623 Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
517 Telecommunications
621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
311 Food Manufacturing
331 Primary Metal Manufacturing
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
561 Administrative and Support Services


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