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Resident Quality of Life

Whether you're single or have a family, Kansas City boasts an incredibly high quality of life. Kansas City is consistently ranked as one of the top cities for young professionals and is known for its family-friendly communities, farm-to-table restaurants and Midwestern charm and sensibility.  The area offers a multitude of cultural/recreational opportunities and is the home to the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and three professional athletic teams, including the 2015 World Series Champions, Kansas City Royals. For more on life in Kansas City, please refer to:  ThinkKC.


The University of Kansas has a legendary basketball culture; the KU Jayhawks make the city proud every year with their exemplary team performance. Kansas City is the proud home to the Kansas City Chiefs and the 2015 World Series Champion, Kansas City Royals! Sporting KC is Kansas City's MLS soccer team and most recently won the MLS cup in 2013!


The Power and Light district, a new and bustling area of downtown, provides many fun venues for evening activities to include first-rate bars and breweries as well as a number of great culinary experiences. The Sprint Center brings concerts with well-known artists as well as sporting events such as Jayhawk basketball and March Madness. The historic Union Station is a beautiful place to visit with several restaurants, escape rooms and Science City, an awesome kids' museum. The free KC Streetcar leaves from here and takes you to the Crossroads, Power and Light and the River Market. Afterwards visit the World War I Museum for an awesome view of the KC skyline from the top of the monument.


The Westport area, located 5 minutes from the KU Medical Center, is a very popular haven for those with more eclectic tastes with its many independent restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops.   People from Kansas City will tell you they have the best BBQ in the world! You could eat excellent BBQ for months and never eat at the same joint twice. There are well-loved and world-renowned options throughout the area. Don't miss Kansas City Restaurant Week in January!


The Country Club Plaza is the country's first outdoor shopping mall of its kind. It is home to beautiful architecture and fountains, world-class shopping and a myriad of coffee shops and restaurants.  The River Market not only has vendors selling produce on the weekends but also is surrounded by an assortment of restaurants and shops.  Visit the West Bottoms on the weekends for an eclectic assortment of antiques.


Kansas City has a robust art scene. Visit the Nelson Atkins Art Museum or the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Take classes from instructors at the Kansas City Art Institute. Stoll through the Plaza Art Fair in September or the Brookside Art Fair in May. Visit the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for music, opera, theater and dance. First Fridays in the Crossroads showcases many of the local art galleries, and you can grab a bite to eat at the food trucks afterwards.


For those who love the outdoors, Shawnee Mission Park and Swope Park have a huge network of hiking and biking trails. Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake are just a few hours away and make for a great weekend getaway.

Kansas City Neighborhoods

Explore many more of Kansas City's neighborhoods with boutique shops, incredible restaurants, and farmers' markets. Kansas City has a thriving coffee culture, with an abundance of local coffee roasters, as well as tons of artisan bakeries. Be sure not to miss Brookside, the Westside, 39th Street and historic downtown Overland Park

Local government

Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Johnson County
Kansas City, Missouri


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
Prairie Fire
Town Center Plaza
Zona Rosa

Relocation assistance

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

Last modified: Jan 02, 2020