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Living in Kansas City

Kansas City may be located in the heart of the country, but it’s certainly not flyover country.  See why it’s become one of the most desirable cities in the U.S. to live, work, and play.

Vibrant Kansas City

Known fondly as the “City of Fountains” and “The Paris of the Plains,” you’ll fall in love with Kansas City’s unique architecture, stunning beauty, and dynamic culture. Thanks to explosive growth in the past decade and a strong sense of Midwest pride, more than 2 million people call Greater Kansas City home, making it one of the top 30 most populated metros in the U.S., situated conveniently between both coasts.

“Kansas City hits well outside of its weight class for food, breweries, wineries, museums, dance and music, while maintaining a relatively low cost of living. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and hope to have the opportunity to return at some point in my career.”

Blair Benham-Pyle

Stowers Alumnus, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Person paddleboarding in river

Family Friendly

Nationally recognized school districts, beautiful parks, and walkable neighborhoods are just part of what make raising a family in the Kansas City metro so great. No matter the time of year you can find activities and events for all ages spread across the metro. Check out one of our many farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts and movies, craft-beer and food festivals, and more. When it comes to outdoor adventure, there’s plenty. Biking, hiking, running, yoga, pickleball, and fishing, just to name a few.

Three school buses with Kansas City skyline in background

Affordable Living

A low cost of living and affordable housing help you make the most of the place you'll call home. You can enjoy all the excitement the city has to offer without breaking the bank.

Union Station interior view

Easy to Navigate

Not only is KC one of the most commutable cities in the country, the KC Streetcar offers free ride services between Union Station and the River Market so you can take part in all the excitement of downtown KC.

In 2023, a new state-of-the-art airport will open its doors. Situated in the heart of the country, we have easy access to cities on both the east and west coasts.

Giant sculpture of badminton birdie on lawn with museum in background

Appreciation of the Arts

Incredible science comes from curious minds and Kansas City has a wide-range of arts to experience when you’re looking for inspiration. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for a large collection of more than 30,000 pieces and unique exhibits. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is another must-see. Enjoy the Kansas City Symphony or Kansas City Ballet and take in the jaw-dropping architecture of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

When your favorite band or musical production comes to town, you can catch their performance under the stars at Starlight Theatre or other convenient venues.

And, we can’t talk about the arts in KC without mentioning Jazz. Kansas City is world renowned for its rich jazz and blues legacy. Jazz in Kansas City was born in the 1920s and continues today in clubs and events across the metro. More than 40 area nightclubs feature jazz on a regular basis.

Kansas City Live downtown venue

World-class Dining and Nightlife

From internationally acclaimed, chef-inspired fine dining to vegan cuisine to creperies, from farm-to-table restaurants to barbecue joints that solidify KC as the “BBQ capital of the world,” the bold culinary scene in Kansas City is second to none. Diverse in style and dynamic in its offerings, KC prides itself on being a “foodie” town.

When it comes to entertainment, the city knows how to have fun. Different neighborhoods offer something unique for everyone to enjoy. Have a date-night on the Plaza, explore art galleries and breweries in Kansas City’s thriving Crossroads district, and take in the best of downtown nightlife at KC’s impressive entertainment district ‘Power and Light.’

Chiefs player entering the field

Championship Sports

If there’s one thing KC is known for, it’s city pride. That’s thanks in big part to the success of our sports teams. Kansas City is home to the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs NFL team and the World Series-winning KC Royals MLB team. But we don’t stop there. KC has one of the largest professional soccer fan bases in the country.

There’s no better time to be a KC sports fan. In 2023, the city will host the NFL draft, and in 2026, Kansas City will host the World Cup.

When it comes to breaking barriers, Kansas City is setting the bar high. The KC riverfront will be home to the first professional women’s soccer stadium in the world come 2024.

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