About Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins at night

A metropolitan area of 2.3 million people, Kansas City offers the diversity and excitement of a large city with the charm and convenience of Midwest living.

Walkable, tree-lined neighborhoods surround the KU Medical Center campus, which is within easy reach of the city's top destinations, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Country Club Plaza, a shopping district celebrated for its architecture and pedestrian-oriented design. The campus is less than five miles from downtown Kansas City, Mo., which has been enhanced in recent years by the additions of an 18,000-seat arena, an entertainment district and a $326 million performing arts center.

In 2014, the Huffington Post named Kansas City to be the "#1 Coolest City." In 2013, Travel and Leisure magazine identified Kansas City as the No. 1 city for an affordable getaway.

Known nationally for bebop and barbecue, Kansas City is also a haven for visual artists, fashion designers and theater companies. The Kansas City Chiefs football team, Kansas City Royals baseball team and Sporting Kansas City soccer club compete in new and modernized stadiums. Parents find they have a number attractive public and private school options for their children. Traffic moves freely on the metropolitan area's extensive network of highways.

Local government

Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Johnson County
Kansas City, Mo.


18th and Vine District
Kansas Speedway
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Powell Gardens
Union Station

Family activities

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
Kansas City Zoo
Sea Life Aquarium
Schlitterbahn Waterpark
Worlds of Fun 

Restaurants and nightlife

39th Street West
Crossroads District
Kansas City Power & Light District
Martini Corner


Country Club Plaza
Crown Center
Legends Outlets
Oak Park Mall
Plaza at the Speedway
Prairie Fire
Town Center Plaza

Relocation assistance

Off-campus housing listing service
Think KC guide to living and working in Kansas City 

Last modified: Feb 24, 2016