Difficulty in obtaining a manual may vary based on type of area. I live in an agricultural area, and have used many manual transmission vehicles in my life (cars, variety of trucks--some work-owned, and a Rav 4, whatever that classifies as). My 2007 Vibe, my current vehicle, is a manual transmission and I wouldn't have it any other way. Gives me a lot more control.
Anyhow, yes I think in my town there are more automatics than manual, but there are a lot of manual transmissions too.