Over the past few years Manhattan, Kansas has risen up the charts as the states most affluent metro area.
Rising pay and benefits according to USA TODAY are driving growth in military towns making the little apple not so little anymore.
10 years ago Manhattan, Kansas was at the bottom of the list as the poorest of the states six metros ...today business is booming thanks in part to neighboring Fort Riley.
Military members received an average compensation of more than a $100,000 per person in 2009 which includes the value of housing medical care hazardous duty incentives and more.
In the year 2000 Manhattans per capita income was a little more than
$ 20,000 last year more than $40,000.
With new development projects, additional retail, an entertainment district, the NBAF project which is in pre-construction leaves residents optimistic about what's to come.
The population in Manhattan is currently close to 45,000 and rising.