Kansas City: The City of Fountains
Kansas City, born in the 1800's as a major river port, is strategically located in the heart of the Midwest. Its metroplex spans the Kansas-Missouri state line, encompassing more than 2.3 million residents.
Areas of interest include the renewed riverfront, with shops, restaurants and the Steamboat Arabia Museum located in the River Market area. Also located in the riverfront area are a variety of riverboat casinos.
Known for its beautiful Spanish architecture and numerous fountains, the Country Club Plaza is a major shopping and dining attraction. The holiday season is kicked off annually when a lighting ceremony takes place on Thanksgiving night, and the Country Club Plaza becomes aglow with holiday lights. Near the Country Club Plaza is the renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Minutes from the Plaza, near downtown, is Hallmark's Crown Center. Here you'll find live theatre, shops, restaurants and cinemas. From Crown Center you can travel 10 minutes to historic Westport, a renovated historic district with shops, restaurants, brew pubs and a lively nightlife.
Major league sports are a passion in Kansas City. Teams include the Chiefs NFL football, American League Kansas City Royals baseball, Missouri Mavericks Ice Hockey, MLS Champion Kansas City Wizards, now known as Sporting Kansas City, outdoor professional soccer team and the Kansas City Comets indoor soccer team. The Kansas Speedway (NASCAR) opened in 2001 to rave reviews and hosts race events in June, July, September and October.
There are a variety of places to visit in Kansas City, including the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts, the Kansas City Symphony and the National World War I Musuem.
After a long day of site seeing, visit one of Kansas famous barbeque joints, Kansas City is known for the World's Best Barbeque.
But, besides the fun stuff, there's some good hard reasons why we like to live here:
- Kansas City consistently ranks among the nation’s most affordable housing markets according to the National Association of Home Builders. The accounting firm, Ernst & Young, named Kansas City as one of a very small handful of markets offering amenitized housing for approximately 20% of disposable household income.
- The Kansas City’s cost-of-living typically falls 4-5% below the U.S. average as reported by ACCRA. Among large U.S. cities, this performance makes Kansas City one of the most affordable.
- Kansas City’s impressive concentration of high ranking school districts in Expansion Management magazine’s annual educational quality ratings means Kansas City offers its children and parents the best education opportunities. One school district garnered first place in the academic ratings and another ranked ninth. School-age Kansas Citians enjoy three of the top twenty-five school districts in the nation: 3 area districts rated “gold star,” the highest of the five composite performance categories; nine others were awarded “blue ribbon,” the next highest category. In general, KC's young people out perform the national averages in SAT scores, percentage of high school graduates, and among those residents with four or more years of college.
- Kansas City has more highway lane miles per person than any other city in the country. A study of traffic density on highways and thoroughfares in 50 major urban areas by the Texas Transportation Institute ranks Kansas City as the least congested major metropolitan area in the country.
- Of the 50 largest U.S. airports, Kansas City International Airport is the least concentrated in airline domination. The large number of low-cost, low-fare airlines and the presence of most of the full-service majors keeps competition up and air fares down. Kansas City has held the lowest in airline concentration ranking for five of the last six years.