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About Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins at night
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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, Missouri, which has been enhanced in recent years by the additions of an 18,000-seat arena, an entertainment district, a streetcar and a $326 million performing arts center.

In 2017, the Huffington Post named Kansas City "THE place to be." In 2015, Travel and Leisure magazine identified Kansas City as top 3 overall in its America's Favorite Cities survey and No. 1 city for affordability.

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 of 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, 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
Worlds of Fun

Restaurants and nightlife

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


Country Club Plaza
Crown Center
Legends Outlets
Oak Park Mall
Prairie Fire
Town Center Plaza
Zona Rosa

Relocation assistance

Think KC guide to living and working in Kansas City 

Last modified: Jun 12, 2019