The University of Kansas Medical Center is located near the heart of the metropolitan Kansas City area. Covering more than 5,000 square miles with a population of more than 1.5 million, Kansas City blends the best of urban living with its own brand of Midwestern hospitality. All of this in an area equal in size to the state of Connecticut.
Kansas City belies its stereotypical cowtown image (the legendary stockyards were closed in the early 1970's). It is a cosmopolitan city of neighborhoods, urban high-rises, restored turn-of-the-century mansions, garden condominiums, manicured suburbs, and rural and wooded settings. Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and is second only to Rome in its number of fountains.
Kansas City's lush parks and fountain-lined boulevards are not the only contributors to this unique and beautiful community. The walk-through Country Club Plaza, the world's first and most elegant shopping center, along with the Crown Center shops and the Westport Square are favorite settings for shopping and dining. Many fine restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines, including the famed K.C. strip steak and the country's finest Barbecue! Kansas City's legendary Jazz and Blues clubs are numerous.
Art and history lovers will appreciate Kansas City's rich and varied cultural offerings with highlights that include: the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (which contains the most extensive collection of Chinese art outside of China), the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, Missouri Repertory Theater, State Ballet of Missouri, more than 20 art galleries and more than 40 other museums and centers.
Sports fans will enjoy Royals baseball and Chiefs football, as well as professional soccer, hockey, tennis, collegiate sports, and the exciting annual American Royal Rodeo.
Kansas City is a center of economic growth and counts among some of its major employers, Hallmark, Inc., Farmland Industries, The Bayer Corporation, Quintiles, Sprint, H & R Block, and the Medical Center itself.
Kansas City also enjoys a cost-of-living well below the national average, and was listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most livable cities in the country. Even Fortune magazine agrees, naming Kansas City the fourth best city in the country for business.
Newcomers need not worry about educational opportunities. Thirteen public school districts surround the Medical Center as well as numerous religious and non-sectarian private schools, such as the renowned Barstow School. Many of the Kansas and Missouri suburban schools have been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the area boasts of two major universities, more than a dozen colleges, several community colleges, three medical schools, a law school, a conservatory of music, and a nationally recognized college of art. The University of Kansas grants reduced tuition for Medical Center employees and their families.
The city is frequently called a city of surprises...as grand and sophisticated as it is charming and down to earth. People who have lived here, left and returned, say there is no other place like it. Because of its combined stability and growth, the area is known for its comfortable lifestyle which includes low unemployment, affordable housing, top-ranked schools, manageable traffic patterns, pretty tree-lined streets, matchless parks and nearby countryside.
With an annual average temperature of 54 degrees, ranging from summer highs in the 90's and winter lows in the teens, Kansas City is a delightful place to live and study.