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Overview

Introduction to Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, the largest city in Missouri, is located on the state's western border, at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. It is the only major city located within 250 miles of both the geographic and population centers of the US. Established as a trading post in the 1820s, Kansas City developed in the 1850s as a gateway for settlers heading west along the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails. It quickly became a center for livestock, and in the 1860s, the arrival of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad and the Hannibal Bridge (across the Missouri River) further sped the city's growth. Several major companies have their headquarters in Kansas City, including H&R Block, Russell Stover Candies, Hallmark Cards, and Marion Laboratories (now Hoechst-Marion-Rousell). Today, Kansas City has a population of around 450,000, with a strong economy and one of the most affordable housing markets in the country.

Kansas City Culture

Among the city's cultural attractions are the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. The Kansas City Museum, located in a mansion on Gladstone Boulevard, has a planetarium and exhibits that trace KC's history from trading post days to the present. In the 18th & Vine historic district, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum are housed in a new, 50,000-square-foot building. Kansas City has more fountains than any city except Rome; from small to huge, comical to classical, simple to elaborate sculpture, KC's varied fountains may be its greatest cultural attraction. Penn Valley Park hosts the KC Jazz festival each July, Spirit Fest in August and the KC symphony's Radio Days Concert on Labor Day.

Kansas City is famous for its livestock, steakhouses and barbecue. Some of the best barbecue restaurants in the country can be found within the city, including the legendary Arthur Bryant's, which New Yorker columnist Calvin Trillin called "the best restaurant in the world." Each fall, KC hosts the American Royal, with livestock exhibitions and rodeos, horse competitions and the largest barbecue competition in the country.

Kansas City Sports and Leisure

Pro sports teams in Kansas City include baseball's Kansas City Royals and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. The Royals play 8 miles east of downtown at 40,000-seat Kauffman Stadium, which has a fountain in center field. Next door is 79,000-seat Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs as well as major league soccer's Kansas City Wizards.

Kansas City Outdoors

Though Kansas City isn't near an ocean, that doesn't stop its outdoor lovers from enjoying the water. Lewis and Clark Lake, about 45v minutes north of the city, is a great spot for swimming, boating and fishing. Further north, Big Lake State Park has 435 acres for camping, boating, bird watching and fishing. Stockton State Park, about 100 miles southeast of the city, offers a myriad of water recreation on Stockton Lake, from swimming and scuba diving to boating and fishing. For a more woodsy feel, Wallace State Park, about an hour northeast of the city, has a 6-acre lake and four scenic trails. For those who prefer remaining within the city, Swope Park (the country's second largest urban park at 1,769 acres) houses the Starlight Theatre, the Kansas City Zoo, two golf courses and a Braille trail.

Kansas City at Night

The nucleus of Kansas City's nightlife scene is the Westport neighborhood south of downtown. Westport is packed with restaurants and bars that are open as late as 3AM. Country Club Plaza is another popular area for dining and shopping. Known as the birthplace of Jazz (and Charlie Parker), Kansas City has dozens of nightclubs downtown that feature all versions of its signature art form.

People

Total Population 465,005
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 227,359
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 40%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,041
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,520
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,619

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,171
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $796
Median House Value $133,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 11.4%

Kansas City Almanac

Category Value
County Jackson
Metro Area Kansas City
Standard Zip Codes 64101, 64102, 64105, 64106, 64108, 64109, 64110, 64111, 64112, 64113, 64114, 64116, 64117, 64118, 64119, 64120, 64123, 64124, 64125, 64126, 64127, 64128, 64129, 64130, 64131, 64132, 64133, 64134, 64136, 64137, 64138, 64139, 64145, 64146, 64147, 64149, 64150, 64151, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64155, 641
P.O. Box Zip Codes 64121, 64141, 64142, 64148, 64168, 64171, 64172, 64179, 64188, 64190, 64191, 64195, 64196, 64199
Company Zip Codes 64144, 64170, 64173, 64180, 64183, 64184, 64185, 64187, 64189, 64193, 64194, 64197, 64198, 64944, 64999
Phone Area Codes 816
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.099
Longitude -94.578

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 1.7 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 18.1 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 27.8 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:

Kans City (64116, 64121)

Kans Cty (64116)

Kansas City North (64117)

Kansas Cty (64116)

Martin City (64147)

Village of Oakview (64118)

Wthrby Lake (64152, 64153)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avondale 493 $59,375
Gladstone 26,032 $62,835
Houston Lake 290 $61,250

Kansas City Public Libraries

Library
Kansas City Public Library
311 EAST 12TH STREET
Kansas City, Missouri
(816) 701-3400
Library Web Site

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Kansas City Hospitals

TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL HILL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2301 HOLMES STREET
(816) 404-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST LUKES HOSPITAL OF KANSAS CITY
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4401 WORNALL ROAD
(816) 932-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

CANCER INSTITUTE,THE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4401 WORNALL ROAD
(816) 932-2823
Emergency Service: No

ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1000 CARONDELET DR
(816) 942-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

RESEARCH MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
2316 E MEYER BLVD
(816) 276-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER LAKEWOOD
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
7900 LEE'S SUMMIT RD
(816) 404-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST LUKES NORTHLAND HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5830 N W BARRY ROAD
(816) 891-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Kansas City VA Medical Center
(VA)
4801 Linwood Boulevard
(816) 861-4700 or (800) 525-1483
Emergency Service:

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Kansas City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

OAK PARK HIGH
825 NE 79TH TERR
816-413-5300
Serves 1,914 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

WINNETONKA HIGH
5815 NE 48TH ST
816-413-5500
Serves 1,722 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

NORTH KANSAS CITY HIGH
620 E 23RD AVE
816-413-5900
Serves 1,707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

PARK HILL HIGH
7701 NW BARRY RD
816-741-4070
Serves 1,440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

WESTPORT COM. SEC. CHARTER SCH
315 E 39TH ST
816-531-8404
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 1,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

LINCOLN COLLEGE PREP.
2111 WOODLAND
816-418-3000
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,227 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

N.E. LAW & PUBLIC SERV. MAGNET
415 S VAN BRUNT
816-418-3300
A Title I School.
Serves 1,223 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

HICKMAN MILLS SR. HIGH
9010 OLD SANTA FE RD
816-316-7300
Serves 1,190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

R. J. DELANO
3708 LINWOOD
816-418-2200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 53.1

CENTRAL SR. HIGH
3221 INDIANA
816-418-2000
A Title I School.
Serves 986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

RUSKIN HIGH
7000-46 E 111TH ST
816-316-7400
Serves 918 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

SOUTHEAST HIGH
3500 E MEYER BLVD
816-418-1075
A Title I School.
Serves 817 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

CENTER SR. HIGH
8715 HOLMES
816-349-3330
Serves 777 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

PASEO ACAD. OF PERFORMING ARTS
4747 FLORA AVE
816-418-2275
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 729 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

SOUTHWEST CHARTER SCH.
6512 WORNALL RD
816-363-1694
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 550 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

HOGAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY
1221 E MEYER BLVD
816-444-3464
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
5605 TROOST
816-235-5657
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 318 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

DON BOSCO EDUCATION CTR.
531 GARFIELD
816-666-2915
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 274 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

FAIRVIEW ALTERNATIVE
3850 PITTMAN RD
816-418-4600
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

ALTA VISTA CHARTER SCH.
1722 HOLLY ST
816-471-2582
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

TEENAGE PARENTS CTR.
5419 E 36TH ST
816-418-6875
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

OZANAM HOME
421 E 137TH ST
816-508-3600
Serves 71 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

NORTHWOOD SCH.
4400 STERLING AVE
816-737-6290
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

DALE M THOMPSON/TRAILS WEST SS
4800 GRANDVIEW RD
816-676-3106
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.4

CRITTENTON CTR.
10918 ELM AVE
816-765-6600
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

MAPLE VALLEY STATE SCHOOL
2575 NE BARRY RD
816-646-2027
Serves 45 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

21ST CENTURY ALTERNATIVE
1215 E TRUMAN RD
816-418-8629
A Non-traditional School
Serves 43 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

NORTHWEST REG. YOUTH CTR.
4901 NE BARRY RD
816-734-2120
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

B W SHEPERD STATE SCHOOL
2727 TRACY
816-684-4644
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

DAY TREATMENT
5401 E 103RD ST
816-316-7190
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

ALTERNATIVE RESOURCE CTR.
3100 MAIN ST STE 206
816-759-4662
A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

MERCY HOSPITAL
24TH AND GILLHAM
816-234-3390
A Special Education School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

BAPTISTE EDUCATIONAL CTR.
5401 E 103RD ST
816-316-7100
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.2

CTR. FOR EDUC. DEVELOPMENT
1900 NE 46TH ST
816-413-5000
A Non-traditional School

K. C. JOB CORPS ALTERNATIVE
1215 TRUMAN RD
816-418-8665
A Vocational School

CENTER ALTERNATIVE
8434 PASEO
816-349-3662
A Non-traditional School

MANUAL CAREER & TECH. CTR.
1215 TRUMAN RD
816-418-5200
A Vocational School

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First National Bank between 1900 and 1906

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First National Bank between 1900 and 1906

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