Greater Mankato is a vibrant and dynamic regional marketplace that includes the Mankato - North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (encompassing Blue Earth and Nicollet counties).
Located in a “sweet spot” of Southern Minnesota, our residents and businesses have access to “bigger city” services and amenities in the core cities of Mankato and North Mankato, surrounded by delightful smaller towns and rural areas, with the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area just a short drive north.
Our residents can enjoy their morning coffee at their home located in the city, on a farm or by a lake, and be to their workplace in 16 minutes or less. After work they can take advantage of the area’s many activities and attractions before enjoying a quick and easy drive home.
Our businesses capitalize on our diverse economy, productive supply chain, and highly educated and broad talent pool. They leverage the region’s growing consumer base while creating long-lasting relationships with a broad range of business partners.
Residents are not alone in recognizing the unique combination of economic vitality, talent, livability, business environment, and resources found only in Greater Mankato. This region continues to receive national recognition in areas such as livability, economy and leisure.
Mankato, Minnesota is a major regional center that has been designated as a Metropolitan Statistical Area and has earned several livability awards. Recently, it was reported that Mankato’s economic growth leads Minnesota and is among the top in the nation. Low office and energy costs and a 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.
North Mankato is part of the urban center of the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located just one hour south of Minneapolis/St. Paul with convenient access right off highways 169 and 14. Nestled along the bluffs at the bend of the Minnesota River in south-central Minnesota, North Mankato is home to 13,500 friendly residents. In addition to the city’s lively economic development scene and low cost of doing business, North Mankato also offers a high quality of living. From numerous parks and trails to the home of the state renowned Caswell Park, this city offers a multitude of adventurous opportunities.
Named the 2nd fastest growing city in Minnesota in 2016, Eagle Lake is a small city with a family friendly atmosphere – a safe, quiet community located just a few minutes from the large regional center of Mankato.
Although many residents work outside of the city, they enjoy the friendly neighborhoods they come home to. The ease of meeting the daily needs of life make Eagle Lake a great place to live.
BLUE EARTH COUNTY
Nestled in the heart of the Minnesota River Valley in the south-central part of the state, Blue Earth County encompasses 764 square miles of several lakes, rivers, streams, and rich agricultural land. The County has 368-miles of rivers and is beautifully landscaped with wooded bluffs and is known for its many parks, trails, and campgrounds.