Kansas City, Missouri is Affordable and Culturally Rich Place to Live
Kansas City is a cultural hub with diverse housing choices and a low-cost of living. It’s the largest city in Missouri, located on the western edge near Kansas.
The city receives national recognition for all it has to offer. It made U.S. News and World Reports “Best Places to Live” list. It snuck in the top 50, taking the 48th spot.
The city also made the list of “Best Places for Business and Careers” put out by Forbes.
Kansas City consistently earns accolades from national publications, including the Huffington Post which called KC the “Most Loveable of Cities” and Outside which named KC one of the “25 Best Towns of 2017.”
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Kansas City Real Estate – Homes for Sale
With more than 2 million people in the KC metro, the city has a lot to offer everyone. The cost of living is 2.5-percent below the national average making Kansas City an affordable city in the Midwest.
Nearly a half a million people call the city home. It stretches for miles, with each part of town offering distinct neighborhoods.
South Kansas City has well-established neighborhoods. We even have some new construction options in this area, including Springhaven Estates and Robinson Meadows.
There’s also the Northland which features many new subdivisions still within city limits.
In the city, there’s an urban feel with apartments, condos, and architecturally stunning neighborhoods too. In the downtown area, you’ll find neighborhoods like Quality Hill, River Market, and the Crossroads. Midtown features The Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo, and Westport.
No matter what type of home you’re looking for in Kansas City, there’s something that will catch your eye.
Many of the neighborhoods run next to the city’s expansive boulevards. There’s also probably a fountain around the corner from your home. Kansas City is the “City of Fountains” with over 200 located around the city.
Heart of the Midwest for Culture, Sports, and Food
While often referred to as a “cow town” by outsiders, most visitors are pleasantly surprised by the friendly people, culture, and arts. The options are endless for Kansas City residents and visitors.
Whether you’re looking for BBQ, beer, or baseball – you’ll find it all in Kansas City. If you want something more sophisticated, check out the art museums or symphony.
The Crossroads Arts District showcases art galleries, independent studios, and local shops. More than 400 local artists work and live in the Crossroads, and show off their work during First Friday. An event held at the beginning of every month.
A short drive away you’ll find The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Kauffman Center for Performing Arts is the architecturally stunning building that you see as you drive through the highways that criss-cross downtown Kansas City.
Kansas City is proud of its champion sports teams too. The Kansas City Royals are the latest champions winning The World Series in 2015. During the fall, fans flock to Arrowhead Stadium to watch The Kansas City Chiefs. On the Kansas side of the metro, there’s also Sporting Kansas City in Village West.
The KC Streetcar is a new attraction that connects you to destinations throughout downtown for free.
- National World War I Museum
- Melt in your mouth BBQ
- Kansas City Symphony
- The College Basketball Experience
- Sea Life Aquarium
- Kansas City Zoo
- Arabia Steamboat Museum
- American Jazz Museum and 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District
- Boulevard Brewing Company
- Crown Center
- Starlight Theater
- Kansas City Power and Light District
- Sprint Center
Kansas City also features large parks, including Loose Park right in the city.
Kansas City Schools
Kansas City features Signature Schools, with special programs for students achieving high academic standards. The schools feature Montessori, African-Centered College Preparatory, Dual language, and an Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.
Academie Lafayette is a French immersion public charter school for K-8. Students excel in the classroom and academics.
Many businesses are based in Kansas City, offering plenty of employment opportunities for residents.
Top employers in Kansas City proper include American Century Investments, Black & Veatch, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Burns & McDonnell, Lockton Companies, Cerner, State Street, Hallmark Cards, H&R Block, HNTB, and Harley-Davidson Motor Company to name a few.
- Population – 481,420
- Median value of housing – $133,400
- High school graduate or higher – 88.4%
- Mean travel time to work – 21.6 minutes
- Median household income – $45,821
Source: United States Census Bureau
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