Moving to the Kansas City area? Congratulations. You’re about to discover one of America’s hidden gems—and why it’s rated one of the Top 50 Best Places to Live, according to U.S. News & World Report.
A thriving, major metropolitan area.
Many people are surprised to learn that Kansas City is actually a major metropolitan area—with 2.3 million people spread out over a fifteen-county area. Since 2000, it has experienced a population growth of 10.85%, making it the 29th largest metropolitan region in the U.S.
Excellent job market—with a variety of companies.
Kansas City is home to a wide variety of major companies operating in many different industries. Fortune 1000 employers with facilities in this area include:
- John Deere
- Hallmark Cards
- Russell Stover Candies
Even though Kansas City spans a wide geographic area, the average commute time here is only 22.8 minutes—a full three minutes lower than the national average.
Very affordable homes.
Zillow reports that the median home value in the greater Kansas City metro area is only $153,500, while the average rent is only $1,000/month—so the cost of living is much lower than other major metropolitan areas in the Midwest, like Chicago.
The year-round average high in Kansas City is 64.6°F, while the average low is 44.5°F—making for both mild winters and summers.
Growing arts and culinary scene.
James Beard award-winning chefs? World-class museums? Four-star restaurants? Nationally-famous chocolatiers and breweries? Kansas City has it all, with Zagat giving high marks to local hot spots Bluestem, Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue, Le Fou Frog, Jack Stack Barbecue, Piropos, and Bristol Seafood Grill. Locals enjoy the First Friday Arts Walks held monthly in the Crossroads district, along with the ever-changing art exhibits at three major museums—the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
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