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The location of Mankato

Welcome to Mankato ...

The city of Mankato is primarily located in Blue Earth County and is the County Seat for Blue Earth County. A portion of Mankato extends into Nicollet County and Le Sueur County.

The location of Mankato has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

The pronunciation of Mankato: man-KAY-toh<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Mankato has a population of 42,610 people<3> (see below for details).

Mankato is 1,000 feet [305 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Mankato lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Mankato: (507)

The ZIP codes for Mankato: 56001-56003, 56006<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Mankato had a population of 39,309 people (or 61.41% of the total population of Blue Earth County). This makes Mankato the county's most populous community.

The population of Mankato represents 0.74% of the total population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 39,309 people, the population of Mankato increased 21.22% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 32,427 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Mankato had an population of 42,610 people. This is an increase of 8.4% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 31.4% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Mankato.

Communities Also Named Mankato ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Mankato - they are located in Kansas and Nebraska.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Mankato.

Websites for Mankato ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Mankato. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Mankato. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Mankato. Our list includes 45 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Mankato:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Mankato ...

Looking for more information about Mankato? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Mankato, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Mankato.

Communities near Mankato ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Saint Peter   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the North (N) of Mankato

Located in Nicollet County

Lake Crystal   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) of Mankato

Le Center   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Mankato

Located in Le Sueur County

Janesville   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) of Mankato

Located in Waseca County

Mapleton   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) of Mankato

Madison Lake   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) of Mankato

Nicollet   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Mankato

Located in Nicollet County

Saint Clair   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Mankato

Elysian   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) of Mankato

Located in Le Sueur County

Cleveland   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Mankato

Located in Le Sueur County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Mankato.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mankato:

The official website for Blue Earth County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Mankato. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Mankato.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Mankato - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Mankato). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Mankato or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Mankato includes: 56001, 56002 & 56003.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mankato) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mankato. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mankato

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mankato. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.1704, Longitude: -93.9797     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mankato have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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