What Makes Kansas City So Special?
North, south, east or west, Kansas City offers a wealth of attractions in every direction. The striking local landscape includes wide boulevards, beautiful parks, fantastic architecture and more than 200 fountains.
In fact, Kansas City's commitment to its parks and landmarks is well known throughout the country, making it one of the most beautiful cities in America. In addition, our city's long list of diversions includes world-class museums, a vibrant arts scene, superb shopping and great jazz clubs.
In July of 2010, Kansas City was listed as one of the top 10 cities for young adults. We have below-average rents, low cost of living, money and momentum behind future developments and innovative jobs in business, research and technology.
The true differentiator for Kansas City is its friendly citizens. There is the hustle and bustle with any city, but you'll see more smiles, willingness to help and always plenty of suggestions regarding the best place to enjoy barbeque!
Geographically Central = Easy Access Everywhere
Incorporated in 1850, today Kansas City is a thriving cultural and economic metro with more than 2.1 million residents. Kansas City is often referred to as "The Heart of America," with a metropolitan area comprised of seven Missouri and four Kansas counties. Surrounded by gently rolling terrain, easy access by air, rail, bus and car makes for easy travel anywhere you want to go. Click the following to see what National Geographic has to say about Kansas City.
The Good Life Means Getting More for Less
Kansas City's cost of living has consistently been at or below the national average. A major component of the overall low cost of living is the affordability of housing in the area, allowing people to get more space for less money. In the fourth quarter of 2010, Missouri had the eight lowest cost of living in the United States.
The Right Combination for Business and Industry
Both the geographic and population centers of the United States lie within 250 miles of Kansas City, making the metropolitan area a natural hub for intermodal transportation, warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. With a diverse economy, businesses are relocating to or expanding in the Kansas City area can take advantage of a wide range of financial incentives provided by state and local government agencies. It's an exciting time to be part of Kansas City's continued growth.
- Kansas City is the 29th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
- Five of the area's largest cities are Kansas City, Mo. (463,202); Overland Park, Kan. (176,185); Olathe, Kan. (127,967), Kansas City, Kan. (146,453), Independence, Mo. (117,213).
- Bloomberg's Businessweek states that Blue Springs, Mo. is one of the best places to raise your kids in 2010. Blue Springs, located on I-70 less than 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City, Mo., has a low cost of living, nationally-recognized schools, parks, hiking trails and a central location.
- The Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation.
- KC is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. Based here since 1932, Russell Stover Candies still hand dips more than 25 million pieces of chocolate each year.
Greater Kansas City is headquarters to three Fortune 500 companies (Sprint Nextel Corporation, YRC Worldwide Inc. and Seaboard) and additional Fortune 1000 corporations (Great Plains Energy, AMC Theatres, DST Systems, Garmin International, Cerner and Russell Stover Candies). Three international law firms, Lathrop & Gage, Stinson Morrisson & Hecker, and Shook, Hardy & Bacon are also based in the City. Hallmark Cards' gross revenues certainly would qualify it for both lists, but it cannot be included because it is privately owned by the Hall family.
Kansas City is literally "on the money." Bills issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City are marked the letter "J" and/or number "10." The single dollar bills have Kansas City's name on them. The Kansas City Federal Reserve built a new bank building that opened in 2008 and relocated near Union Station. Missouri is the only state to have two of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank headquarters (St. Louis also has a headquarters).
One of the largest drug manufacturing plants in the United States is the Sanofi-Aventis plant located in south Kansas City on the campus developed by Ewing Kauffman's Marion Laboratories.
Ford Motor Company operates a large manufacturing facility just outside of Kansas City in Claycomo at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, which currently builds the Ford F-150 and Ford Transit.
Go, Explore, and Enjoy
You don't have to travel far to find fun and interesting activities. Amid skyscrapers and fantastic art deco buildings, Kansas City is a city backed by a vibrant arts scene, world-class attractions and an eclectic mix of shops. Hip, urban, vibrant and cosmopolitan describes the re-energized downtown. The Kansas City Power & Light District along with the state-of-the-art Sprint Center, are all part of a $4.5 billion urban renaissance.
If It's Hip, It's In The Power & Light District
Kansas City's new Power & Light District features a terrific mix of restaurants, entertainment venues, shops, boutiques, live music, theaters and additional unique amenities. Comprised of an eight-block neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, the district links together the Kansas City Convention Center to the west and the Sprint Center to the east. With trendy spots like The Shark Bar, The Mosaic, 801 Chophouse, Kill Devil Club, BRGR Kistchen and The Dubliner Irish Pub, just to name a few, the district has an engaging 24/7 vibe attracting visitors and locals alike.
Kansas City has bountiful arts and entertainment including: