I apologize for the disappearing act I have played lately. I am blaming my absence on my first experience with writers block since beginning the blog. I have been trying to write this post since before I moved but have had trouble articulating what I wanted to say. I am still not sure it is quite correct but I am throwing in the towel.
I was asked to provide details about my hometown of Manter. However, at this point in the blog’s life I don’t see the benefit since the majority of my readers are from Southwest Kansas or very familiar with the area. Instead, I thought it would be fun to compare Manter to Hoboken.
First, I moved to Manter when I was 5 years old and lived there until leaving for college. Manter sits in the southwest corner of KS in Stanton County KS. Stanton County is composed of the towns (Manter, Johnson and Big Bow). Johnson is essentially the Mecca of Stanton County. Kids were bused to Johnson from Manter and Big Bow to attend school, the only grocery store in the county is located in Johnson, the bank was in Johnson, we even got received our mail at the post office in Johnson. I more often than not tell people I am from Johnson or Stanton County to avoid the likely “Where is that?” response.
I don’t want to provide any misconceptions about Johnson being a metropolis because it is still far from it. Garden City (90 miles) provided most of our shopping needs including the closest Wal-Mart and Target. However, we had to travel to Wichita (256 miles), Denver CO (293 miles) or Amarillo TX (195 miles) for a true indoor shopping mall. Ulysses (31 miles) and Syracuse (36 miles) both have movie theatres. These theatres only have one screen and the one movie is old enough it will probably going to be on DVD in the next week or two.
Second, I sort of kind of lied to you guys. I did not move to Manhattan. I moved to Hoboken New Jersey. Whew! I am glad that is off my chest! Manter to Hoboken? That title just wasn’t catchy.
Hoboken sits right across the Hudson river from New York City. In close to the time it took me to drive from Manter to Johnson (10 minutes) I can walk from my condo to the train and ride into NYC. If I do not want to go to NYC we are surrounded by cities in New Jersey, which are commutable via train or I can simply drive.
This is the financial district from Hoboken.
Hoboken is similar to Manter in it is considered a “bedroom community”. Unlike Manter, Hoboken has almost everything you would need or desire. Within blocks of my condo are multiple grocery stores, restaurants (primarily local), a post office, multiple pharmacies, the spectrum of doctors, salons and almost anything else you can think of.
People always found it interesting that I lived so close to Oklahoma and Colorado. Now it feels like I live close to almost every state. New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts. Shoot I live so close to soo many major cities. Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, and the list goes on.
In Manter people live in single family homes. I only know of a few apartment units in Johnson.
In Hoboken people live in condos or apartments. And for those of you who are not familiar … a condo is an apartment you own in my dictionary. This means you either have someone living on top of you or under you if not both. If you live on the bottom floor you might have a small yard, other floors might or might not have balconies or if you are like us the entire building shares the outdoor space. Keep in mind this yard I speak of is probably smaller then the smallest yard in all of Kansas.
And because everyone asks … Keith and I share ONE car. Some condos do have garages but that was an item I had to sacrifice off my wish list. Luckily, Hoboken allows free parking on the street. Sometimes it is easier then others to find the parking. Each street has a designated street cleaning day and time. This means you must move your car before that day and time and if we are out of town for more then a week we will have to pay to park in a lot or garage. With public transportation, you would not need a car if you live in Hoboken but with our job requiring travel, it is almost necessary.
Clearly in Manter you need a vehicle. In fact, it would be uncommon for every person in a household highschool age or older not to have their own vehicle. Of course parking is not an issue and you can remain parked almost anywhere for however long you wish.
I haven’t live in Hoboken long enough to attest to the difference in weather. Contrary to popular belief, the average high and low temperatures are not that different. Hoboken does get more precipitation. Not a huge defeat since Stanton County gets close to none.
And because I am a numbers girl I must provide you with some statistics.
- Manter has a population of 171 and Stanton County has a population of 2,235 according to the 2010 census.
- Hoboken has a population of 50,005. The population grew 11,428 or 30% since the 2000 census. For those of you who do not spend your free time reading population trends that growth is CRAZY!
- Manter sits on 0.24 square miles of ALL land.
- Hoboken has a total area of 2 square miles. The area includes 1.3 square miles of land and 0.7 square miles of water.
* For true comparison sake I must point out Johnson has a similar land area of 1 mile square. HOWEVER, Johnson has a population of 1,495 people. This means 33.5 X as many people live on the same amount of land. I think it can be left unsaid people live much closer and much higher.
- And to be blunt … Manter is not diverse. There are white folk and Hispanic folk. I don’t remember any black or Asians growing up that lived there for more than a very short-period of time.
- Hoboken on the other hand has almost every race. Although, Hoboken is not near as diverse as the melting pot NYC.
I hope this provides a good idea of where I am from and where I live now. If not feel free to ask questions or turn to good old Google.