Voted one of the top 15 most livable small cities in America, Greater Mankato has everything one would wish for! Great shopping and health care with our Mayo Clinic Health System, many independantly own restaurants for dining, even 1st class sushi! Mankato is proud of our fantastic public school system and programs offered to area youth thoughout the year. We have wonderful parks thoughout and miles and miles of incredible trails for biking, running and cross country skiing. We even have an abundance of local rivers for an afternoon of kayaking fun. We host the Mankato Marathon and many other triathon activities and events!

Saint Peter is a community of approximately 10,000 residents and it is located just North of Mankato on hwy 169. Saint Peter is the home of Gustavus Adolphus College, a Lutheran-affiliated private liberal arts college founded in 1862. Saint Peter offers excellent health care, education and peaceful living with views of the Minnesota River Valley. The city is a healthy city and for it’s St. Peter Food Co-op and the “River Rock” Coffee Shop featuring some of the area’s finest coffee and world famous Hermits! 7 mile Creek Park is also a frequently visited park with many wooded trails though out.

Saint Clair is located just 8 miles South East of Mankato on Minnesota State Highway 83. Many people love St. Clair because of it’s small town appeal of approximately 900 residents.

St. Clair has an interesting as well as an important history. It was first well known as an Indian Reservation and Agency. Later it gained prominence as one of the first settlements in this part of the state. Scenic and wooded Memorial Park consists of 7.8 acres located in the eastern portion of the City. St. Clair has an fantastic Public K-12 school system, all located in the heart of the city.

Points of Interest: Memorial Park, Le Sueur River, Saint Clair State Bank

Located just across the river from Mankato, North Mankato is a growing city with approximately 13,500 residents. Lower North Mankato gives you a quaint small town feel with a large local parade and fun rides every July! Spring Lake Park is an attraction with one of the only sand bottom swimming pools in the area. The park offers sand volleyball, picnic areas and has a pond to feed the geese. Upper North Mankato has new housing developments with schools and parks and provides many conveniences for every day living.

Nicollet is a nice little community with approximately 1000 residents and surrounded by rich farmland. Located about 10 minutes West of Upper North Mankato many people from Mankato make a special trip to Nicollet to Schmidts Meat Market. Nicollet has their own area elementary and secondary schools and one can save a lot for a little drive!

Madison Lake is a quiet little community situated in Lake Country! If you like living near the water and enjoy a slower pace of life with tranquility, Madison Lake is a great choice. Just 15 Minutes from Mankato, Madison Lake is in the Mankato School District.

Lake Crystal offers countryside living, with the conveniences of active downtown businesses, restaurants, and regional employers. Many parks and leisure activities close by. Lake Crystal also offers a state of the art Recreation Center with large indoor pool.

Just 10 minutes from Mankato, Lake Crystal is a wonderful community with approximately 2500 Residents.

Janesville is a small farming community located 15 miles east of Mankato, MN and 10 miles west of Waseca, MN on Highway 14. It’s commute time to its neighboring cities is within minutes and just over one hour to the Twin Cities metro area.

Within the last five years, Janesville has experienced a high level of growth in housing and new subdivisions. Continued growth is expected with the completed expansion of Highway 14.

Janesville is home to Lake Elysian and if you like to golf, Janesville has a nine-hole reversible golf course!

Eagle Lake is a cozy little bedroom community just 2 miles East of Mankato and received its name from the neighboring lake, which had been so named by the U.S. land surveyors because many bald eagles had nests in high trees on the lakeshore.

With over 1800 residents and continually growing with new development and neighborhoods, Eagle Lake is a part of Mankato School District 77. The community is well known for its wonderful Elementary School, parks, and outdoor skating rink.