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Overview

Introduction to Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City is the third largest city in the state of Kansas and is situated at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas (Kaw) rivers. The Kaw River is an important landmark in Kansas City. It flows some 170 miles eastward to join the Missouri River at Kaw Point in Kansas City. Its name is derived from the Kanza (Kaw) people who once inhabited the area. And so the state of Kansas in turn drew its name from the river.

Kansas City, Kansas is located across the river from Kansas City Missouri, and so the two cities, sharing a name, also share a lot of diverse attractions.

Kansas City was formed in 1868 and incorporated in 1872. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 146,866. It is an area rich in history; Lewis and Clark stopped near here in 1804 during their first expedition. In 1843, the Wyandot Indians settled in the area that is now Kansas City. The city is a diverse one, with different cultures. In the 1870s, many African Americans, known as Exodusters, settled here as well.

The state’s and city's history and identity is closely tied to its agricultural roots. Farming has been critical to Kansas economy and its culture. Known as the "Wheat State" and "Breadbasket of the World", Kansas is also known for its large volume of corn, hay, and oat crops.

Points of Interest

Kansas City has grown from a small stop on the journey west to a busy metropolitan area known for its delicious barbecue and great jazz. Visiting the award winning zoo is a popular activity as well as the Jazz Museum and the Baseball museum next door. The Kansas city T-Bones is the local baseball team and attracts visitors and families. The T-Bones are a member of the Northern League that first began operations in 1902, and was restructured in 1993. The Kansas Speedway is a top attraction in the area. In 2007, the Speedway will host the NASCAR Cup Series and the Indy Series Race. Country music is also a big part of life in Kansas City. The Wyandotte County fair attracts 100,000 people every year and boasts such stars as Garth Brooks, who has returned many times. In addition, there is the huge Verizon Amphitheatre which hosts music concerts and the Woodlands, which provides live greyhound and horse racing.

Nearby attractions in Kansas City, Missouri include a riverboat casino, the Worlds of Fun and Worlds of Ocean amusement parks, which are very popular with families and vacationers. There are several museums to visit, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, boasting one of the largest Asian collections in the region. In addition, a large aquarium provides hours of fun and in an interesting day trip for all ages. The Toy and Miniature museum hosts a collection of over 100 dollhouses and many antique dolls. Between April and December, there are constant outdoor festivals featuring legendary barbecue and great music in the Triangle: between River Market and Country Club Plaza, at 18th and Vine. There are several art festivals in the fall and a famous Rodeo that comes to town every November. Sports fans will love watching the Kansas City Royals play baseball at Kaufman stadium and football fans can enjoy seeing the Kansas City Chiefs beat their opponents at Arrowhead Stadium. And Kansas City is said to have more fountains than any city except Rome, and more boulevards than any city except Paris.

People

Total Population 147,598
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 62,989
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 40.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,673
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,423
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,908

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,174
% Above Poverty Level 74.6%
% Below Poverty Level 25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $767
Median House Value $88,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 8%

Kansas City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 2 miles W of Kansas City, Missouri
County Wyandotte
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 66101, 66102, 66103, 66104, 66105, 66106, 66109, 66111, 66112, 66115, 66118
P.O. Box Zip Codes 66110, 66113, 66117, 66119
Company Zip Codes 66160
Phone Area Codes 913
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.114
Longitude -94.627

Kansas City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN AP
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station OLATHE 3 E
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 40.1 inches
Station EDGERTON
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kansas City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rosedale (66103)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Mission 9,451 $69,940
Mission Woods 166 $190,000
Roeland Park 6,799 $86,438

Kansas City Public Libraries

Library
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
625 MINNESOTA AVENUE
Kansas City, Kansas
(913) 551-3280
Library Web Site

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Kansas City Hospitals

PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
8929 PARALLEL PARKWAY
(913) 596-4951
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS HOSPITAL
(Government - State)
3901 RAINBOW BLVD
(913) 588-1270
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kansas City High Schools

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WYANDOTTE HIGH
2501 MINNEOSTA AVENUE
913-627-7650
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

J C HARMON HIGH
2400 STEELE RD
913-627-7050
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

TURNER HIGH
2211 SOUTH 55TH
913-288-3300
Serves 1,136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

WASHINGTON HIGH
7340 LEAVENWORTH ROAD
913-627-7800
Serves 1,117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

F L SCHLAGLE HIGH
2214 N 59TH ST
913-627-7500
Serves 1,091 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

SUMNER ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE
1610 N 8TH STREET
913-627-7200
A Magnet School.
Serves 974 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

PIPER HIGH
4400 NORTH 107 STREET
913-721-2100
Serves 426 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

FAIRFAX LEARNING CENTER
3016 N 9TH ST
913-627-6700
Serves 306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 76.5

SCHOOL FOR BLIND HIGH
1100 STATE AVENUE
913-281-3308
A Special Education School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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