Mankato, Minnesota

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Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The population was 32,427 at the 2000 census.[2] In 2009, the estimated population was 36,500 making it the fourth largest city in Minnesota outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The county seat of Blue Earth County,[4] it is located along a large bend of the Minnesota River at its confluence with the Blue Earth River. Mankato is across the Minnesota River from North Mankato. Mankato and North Mankato have a combined population of nearly 50,000. It completely encompasses the town of Skyline. North of Mankato Regional Airport, a tiny non-contiguous part of the city lies within Le Sueur County.

Mankato is the larger of the two principal cities of the Mankato-North Mankato metropolitan area, which covers Blue Earth and Nicollet counties[5] and had a combined population of 94,149 at the 2010 census.[2] Mankato was designated a Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Census Bureau in November 2008.[6]

U.S. Routes 14 and 169 and Minnesota State Highways 22 and 60 are four of the main arterial routes in the city.

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