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The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is a
fifteen-county metropolitan area straddling the
border between the states of Missouri and Kansas that is anchored by Kansas
City, Missouri. In 2008, it was estimated to have a population
numbering just over 2 million. The
metro is the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri after Greater St.
Louis and is the largest metropolitan area with territory in
Kansas, though the Wichita Metropolitan Area is
the largest metropolitan area that is actually anchored in Kansas.
cities over 100,000 population in the metropolitan area include
Independence, Missouri; Kansas
City, Kansas; Olathe, Kansas; and Overland Park, Kansas.
In 2007, Worldwide ERC and Primary Relocation recognized Kansas
City third overall as one of the "Best Cities for Relocating
Families" in the United States. Also in May 2008, Money
rated Overland Park, Kansas, 9th best city to live in the United
States. Neighboring city Olathe, Kansas, was rated 11th and Shawnee, Kansas, 39th best. Kansas City is
one of 2 metro areas to have 2 cities in the top fifteen.
See Also: The Districts of Downtown (Kansas City,
The core of the Kansas City Metropolitan
Area can be visualized roughly by the following
The Northland is locally referred to as "north
of the river" (Missouri River) or "Kansas City North".
(Often confused with Northtown, a nickname for North Kansas City) Contained wholly within
Missouri, it encompasses portions of Clay
County and Platte County including the
northern half of Kansas City, Missouri, and the
cities of Liberty, North Kansas City and Gladstone. The sharpest part of the
river bend forms a peninsula containing the Charles B. Wheeler
City Downtown Airport.
Midtown is the core of the metro area just
directly to the south of downtown (south of 31st Street) and is
mostly urban terrain. Contained within Kansas City, Missouri, it is
broken up into the historical neighborhoods of Westport, Ivanhoe,
Country Club Plaza, Hyde Park, Ward Parkway, Brookside, West
Plaza, Southmoreland, Valentine, Coleman Highlands and Rockhill. It
contains the majority of the metro area's businesses, visitor
attractions, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
South KC or "South Kansas City" is the southern
half of Kansas City, Missouri as well as the suburbs of Lee's Summit, Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Raymore. It
is sometimes called "the southland."
The Eastside is an area of the metro that
contains the eastern urban side of Kansas City, Missouri as well as
the suburbs of Independence, Blue
Springs and Raytown. This part of town is best
known for the Truman Sports Complex where the
and Chiefs play.
Johnson County (the southwest portion of the
metro) indicates all of Johnson County, Kansas, which
includes the cities of Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, and De Soto. Interstate 35 runs diagonally through
Johnson County from the southwest toward the northeast and downtown
Kansas City, Missouri.
Wyandotte or the western side of the metro
contains Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Wyandotte County, sometimes referred to as just 'Wyandotte',
'WyCo', or 'The Dot', contains Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, and it is governed
by a single unified government similar to a consolidated city-county. Often the
Wyandotte government is referred to simply as 'The Unified
Government'. This area is best known for NASCAR's Kansas Speedway and CommunityAmerica Ballpark,
home to the T-Bones and the Wizards. Another bend in the Missouri River
forms the county line between Wyandotte and Platte counties to the
north and northeast.
In all, just over 2 million people live in the metropolitan
area. It is difficult to state exactly the size of the population
because there are few natural boundaries and suburban expansion (or
sprawl) is ongoing.
100,000 or more
10,000 to 100,000
- Blue Springs, Missouri
- Excelsior Springs,
- Gladstone, Missouri
- Grandview, Missouri
- Leavenworth, Kansas
- Lee's Summit, Missouri
- Prairie Village, Kansas
Fewer than 10,000
|Garden City, Missouri
- Avondale, Missouri
- Birmingham, Missouri
- Bonner Springs, Kansas
- Claycomo, Missouri
- Countryside, Kansas
- De Soto,
- Edwardsville, Kansas
- Glenaire, Missouri
- Grain Valley, Missouri
- Greenwood, Missouri
- Harrisonville, Missouri
- Houston Lake, Missouri
- Lake Lotawana, Missouri
- Lake Quivira, Kansas
- Lake Tapawingo, Missouri
- Lake Waukomis, Missouri
- Lake Winnebago, Missouri
- Lexington, Missouri
- Mission Hills, Kansas
- Mission Woods, Kansas
- Missouri City, Missouri
- Napoleon, Missouri
- North Kansas City,
- Northmoor, Missouri
- Oak Grove,
- Oakwood Park, Missouri
- Parkville, Missouri
- Peculiar, Missouri
- Platte City, Missouri
- Platte Woods, Missouri
- Pleasant Valley,
- Pleasant Hill, Missouri
- Randolph, Missouri
- Richmond, Missouri
- River Bend, Missouri
- Riverside, Missouri
- Roeland Park, Kansas
- Smithville, Missouri
- Spring Hill, Kansas
- Sugar Creek, Missouri
- Tonganoxie, Kansas
- Unity Village, Missouri
- Weatherby Lake, Missouri
- Wellington, Missouri
- Westwood Hills, Kansas
The metropolitan area is experiencing continued growth. Between
July 2000 and July 2007, the population in the Kansas City MSA grew
from 1,842,965 to an estimated 2,037,357, an increase of 10
The Kansas City metropolitan area includes all or part of the
As of 2008, the Office of Management and
Budget included the following outlying counties as part of
Kansas City's metropolitan statistical
The MSA covers a total area of 7,952 sq. mi. 7,855 sq. mi. is
land and 97 sq. mi. is water.
Often associated with Kansas City, the cities of Lawrence, Kansas and St.
Joseph, Missouri are
identified as separate Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area, which
encompasses the Kansas City MO-KS MSA, the Warrensburg, MO µSA, and
the Atchison, KS µSA, covers a total area of 9,220 sq. mi. 9,117
sq. mi. is land and 103 sq. mi. is water.
The Kansas City metropolitan area has by far more freeway
lane-miles per capita than any other large metropolitan area in the
United States, over 27% more than the second-place Dallas/Fort
Worth Metroplex, over 50% more than the average American metro
area and nearly 75% more than the large metro area with the least,
Some of Kansas City's interstates include:
- I-29 - To
Saint Joseph, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska, to the North.
- I-35 - To
Moines, Iowa, to the North and
Kansas, to the South.
- I-70 - To
Louis, Missouri, to the East and Topeka, Kansas/Denver, Colorado, to the West.
- I-435 -
Bi-State Loop through Missouri and Kansas suburbs. 2nd longest in
U.S., 4th longest single numbered beltway in the world.
- I-470 - Connects South Kansas
City with Lee's Summit and Independence.
- I-635 - Connecting the Kansas suburbs with
City, Kansas, and Kansas City International
- I-670 - A southern
bypass of I-70 and Southern portion of the downtown loop. Signed as
East I-70 when exiting from I-35 while traveling north.
Other major highways:
- US 24-40 - Combination of the US 24 and US 40 highways that pass through Kansas
- US 50 - Follows I-435 from the west to I-470 then spurs off in Lee's Summit and becomes just U.S. 50.
- US 69 - Connects Excelsior Springs,
Missouri, in the north and serves as a freeway in Johnson County
- US 71 - In the north, concurrent with I-29
to Amazonia, Missouri, and serves as a
freeway (Bruce R. Watkins Drive) South from downtown.
- US 169 - Connects Smithville, Missouri, in the
- K-5 - A minor freeway bypassing
the north of Kansas City, Kansas, connecting the GM
Fairfax plant with I-635. K-5 continues as Leavenworth Road west to
I-435 then on to Leavenworth, Kansas.
- K-7 - A freeway linking Leavenworth County, Kansas,
Wyandotte County, Kansas, and
Johnson County, Kansas.
- K-10 - A freeway linking Johnson County, Kansas, and Douglas County, Kansas.
- K-32 - A highway that links Leavenworth County, Kansas,
and Wyandotte County, Kansas.
- MO 9 - A minor freeway northwest of North Kansas City, and
serves as a commercial backbone to North Kansas City, Riverside, Platte Woods, and Parkville.
- Route 150 - A highway linking southern Lee's Summit and Grandview to the Kansas suburbs at
- MO 152 - A freeway contained entirely in Kansas City's
Northland, stretching from Liberty in Clay County west to its
intersection with I-435 near Parkville, MO.
- Route 210 - A minor freeway east of North
Kansas City that, as a two-lane road, stretches to Richmond,
- Route 291 - Formerly an eastern bypass
route of US 71, the minor freeway connects Harrisonville and Lee's
Summit to Independence, Sugar Creek, Liberty and Kansas City North.
It is signed along with I-470 north of Lee's Summit.
- Route 350 - Crosses through Raytown as
Other notable roads:
- Ward Parkway - A scenic parkway in Kansas
City, Missouri near the Kansas-Missouri state line where many
large historic mansions and fountains are located.
- Broadway - A Street where in the middle of downtown contains
various bars, live jazz outlets and restaurants. It is also the
eastern border of Quality Hill, one of the oldest
neighborhoods in Kansas City
See related article: WikiTravel entry on Kansas City,
The Missouri side of the Metropolitan Area shares a grid system
with Johnson County on the Kansas Side. Most east-west streets are
numbered and most north-south streets named. Addresses on east-west
streets are numbered from Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri, and
on north-south streets from St. John Avenue (or the Missouri River,
in the River Market area). The direction 'South' in street and
address numbers is generally implied if 'North' is not specified,
except for numbered 'avenues' in North Kansas City. In most
of Wyandotte County, Kansas the north-south streets are numbered
and the address numbers are measured from Riverview Avenue. A few
suburbs use completely independent numbering schemes.
- Kansas Citians tend to express US and Missouri highway
designations with the number before the word "highway," (e.g., 40
highway, 71 highway). This colloquialism tends not to apply to
interstates or Kansas route numbers (e.g., "I-70", "K-10").
- 69 Highway "The Overland Parkway": Southbound
on I-35 from Kansas City, Missouri towards Johnson County there are
two exits marked South 69. The first or northern one (Metcalf
Ave/I-635) is a left lane exit and leads to
Metcalf, an at-grade trafficway, before turning west along Shawnee
Mission Parkway, to rejoin I-35. The southern US-69 exit is a two
lane right lane exit between the 75th and 87th street exits and
begins a four lane highway known as the Overland Parkway.
- Bruce R. Watkins Drive is the name of the new section of U.S. Route 71 in Kansas
City, Missouri. The old US 71 ran mostly on Prospect
- When traveling north on I-35 from Johnson County the first
signs that say I-70 east actually guide the driver through the
southern portion of I-670 which takes motorists into the southern
part of the Downtown Freeway Loop and goes underneath the Bartle Hall Convention
Center and some downtown overpasses. This is sometimes referred
to as "going under downtown".
- The KCTV pyramid shaped
television and radio tower can be seen from many parts of the city
and is well lit at night. It is next to the KCPT studios at the corner of 31st and Main.
- The twin red brick towers of American Century
Investments are oriented north and south along Main at 45th
street. They are just north of the Country Club Plaza. The Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art is slightly east. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
is east and slightly south.
- Kansas City Community Christian Church at 4601 Main has a group
of lights that shoot a beam straight up at night. Designed by Frank
Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, it is slightly south of and across the
street from the American Century Investment Towers. The Nelson
Atkins is to the east and the Kemper Museum is to the north and
- Bartle Hall has a section
that looks somewhat like a north-south suspension bridge crossing
over I-670 at the southwest corner of the downtown loop. It has
four towers with metal sculptures on top of each tower.
- The Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a large "VA" emblem. It
is near the intersection of I-70, Linwood and Van Brunt.
Areas of the
See Also: The Districts of Downtown (Kansas City,
The center of Kansas City is roughly
contained inside the downtown loop (shaded in red).
- Downtown Kansas
City refers to the downtown area of Kansas City, MO,
where a large concentration of the area's employees work, and where
much of the entertainment is located. It has been going through a
massive revitalization since 2000, and gained over 7,000 people
from 2000 to 2005. The area houses the Power and Light District and the Sprint Center.
- "The Northland" refers to the area of the
metro area that is north of the Missouri River, comprising Clay and Platte counties in Missouri.
This area includes the northern half of Kansas City, Missouri,
which is referred to as "Kansas City, North" to
distinguish it from the rest of the Northland and North Kansas
- River Market refers to the area
north of downtown, south of the river, and west of highway 9. It is
home to a large farmer's market.
- "North Kansas
City" is a separate city that is completely surrounded
by Kansas City, Missouri (abbreviated NKC). It is also called
- Shawnee Mission,
Kansas, is an area recognized by the United States Postal
Service that includes many towns in Johnson County, Kansas.
- Waldo refers to the Waldo
Residential District in Kansas City, Missouri, near 75th Street
and Wornall Road.
- Country Club Plaza (or
simply "the Plaza") is an upscale shopping district built by the J.C.
Nichols Company in 1923. It was the first suburban shopping
district in the United States.
- Country Club District is
the name for the associated group of neighborhoods built along Ward
Parkway by J.C. Nichols just south of the Country Club
Plaza, and includes Sunset Hill, Brookside, Crestwood, and Mission
- 39th Street usually refers to the small
section of West 39th Street between State Line Road and Southwest
Trafficway in Kansas City, Missouri. It has many restaurants, bars
and shops, and is just across the state line from the University of Kansas Medical Center. The
area is also referred to as the Volker neighborhood or
- University of Kansas
Hospital (KUMED) is the corporate name of the hospital
on the KU Medical Center campus.
- Benton Curve, a curve located where Interstate 70 crosses Benton Avenue in
Kansas City, Missouri, is a site of many accidents.
- Pendleton Heights is a historic
neighborhood in the Northeast, home to the city's largest
concentration of Victorian homes. It is bordered to the north by
Cliff Drive, the east by Chestnut Trafficway, the south by
Independence Avenue and to the west by the Paseo Trafficway. It is
Kansas City's oldest surviving neighborhood.
Triangle is the intersection of three major highways:
435, Interstate 470, and U.S. Route 71 (Bruce R. Watkins Drive).
Notorious for fatal accidents, as of February 2005, improvements
and upgrades on the Triangle have mostly been completed.
- Emanuel Cleaver II
Boulevard, named for former mayor and current
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, comprises recently
renamed portions of 47th Street and Brush Creek Boulevard in Kansas
and Vine refers to the 18th
and Vine Historic District that contains the Negro Leagues Baseball
Museum and the American Jazz Museum.
- The Library District is a recently
defined district around the new Central Library at 14
West 10th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hill is a historical area in Kansas City, Kansas that
was home to many eastern European immigrants. Later, the
neighborhood became home to many Latino/Chicano families. However,
with recent immigration from Eastern Europe, Strawberry Hill is
currently seeing immigration once again from Eastern Europe.
- Hospital Hill is the area near 23rd and Holmes
in Kansas City, Missouri, and consists of two major hospitals
(Truman Medical Center, The Children's Mercy Hospital) and the
University of Missouri, Kansas City's School of Medicine, School of
Dentistry, School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.
- Argentine is a part of
Kansas City, Kansas, near 30th and Argentine. It is one of the
oldest Mexican/Latino neighborhoods in Kansas City with Mexican
immigration to that area dating to the 1800s.
- The Crossroads
Arts District is a Downtown neighborhood between the
Central Business District and Union
Station, centered around the intersection of 19th Street and
Baltimore in Kansas City, Missouri. It contains dozens of art
galleries and is considered by many to be the center of the arts
culture in the metropolitan area. Local artists sponsor exhibits
there on the first Friday of each month.
Hill is a residential and commercial neighborhood on
top of a western hill in the Central Business District Downtown Kansas City, across the river from
the Charles B.
- Washington-Wheatley is a historically Black
neighborhood southeast of the 18th and Vine
- The Westside is a historically African
American and Chicano/Latino neighborhood near Southwest Blvd. and
- Westport is a historic
district offering much of the metro area's entertainment and
- Squier Park
- Union Hill
- Armordale, in Kansas City, KS, is one of the
historically Chicano(a) neighborhoods of the Kansas City
- East Bottoms
- Northeast, refers to the Historic Old
Northeast District, a working-class immigrant collection of
neighorhoods. It is between downtown Kansas City and the smaller
city of Independence. It was originally one of the more fashionable
areas in the city, and the oldest residential neighborhoods. It is
also home to peoples from dozens of nations, representing cultures
from Africa, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Though a
vital part of the KCMA and unique, it is often overlooked by
non-Kansas Citians for political and economic reasons.
- Truman Sports Complex,
located at the corner of I-70 and I-435 east of downtown Kansas
City, MO, is the sports center of the KCMA. It features Arrowhead
Stadium, home of the NFL Kansas City
Chiefs; and Kauffman Stadium, home of the MLB
- Ivanhoe, located in the core of the
city of Kansas City, MO. 64130 zip code. Running from Benton BLVD
on the east, Paseo BLVD on the west, 39th street on the north and
47th street on the south. This area is known for its high
The Kansas City Star. is the
region's major daily newspaper. The McClatchy Company, the owner
of The Star, also owns the suburban weeklies Lee's
Summit Journal and Olathe Journal.
The five-day daily Kansas City Kansan serves
Wyandotte County. Additional weekly papers in the metropolitan
include the Liberty Tribune, Sun Newspapers of
Johnson County and the Northland, The Examiner in
Independence and Eastern Jackson County, and The Pitch. Two newspapers serve the
area's faith communities: "The Metro Voice Christian Newspaper" and
the "Jewish Chronicle". "Dos Mundos" is the area's primary
newspaper that serves the Spanish speaking community with articles
printed in Spanish and English.
According to Arbitron,
about 1.5 million people over the age of 12 are part of the Kansas
City DMA, making it the 30th largest market for radio and 31st for
television Nielsen ratings.
Kansas City metro television stations, with all major network
affiliates represented, include:
Over 30 FM and 20 AM stations broadcast in the Kansas City area,
with stations from Topeka, St. Joseph, and Carrollton also reaching
into the metropolitan. The highest rated radio stations according
Public and community
- KANU-FM and KTBG-FM, both college radio stations, are also NPR
- KKFI-FM Locally-owned
TV and Radio
Hispanics account for five percent of the market and are served
by three AM radio stations (KCZZ,
KDTD, and KKHK) and a Univision affiliate, KUKC-LP.
The Kansas City Metropolitan Area's largest private employer is
Corporation. The international telecommunications company
maintains its world headquarters at its 200-acre
(0.81 km2) campus facility in south Overland Park.
During 2005, the company employed nearly 18,500 people in the
five-county metropolitan area, with wages of more than $1.16
billion generating $58 million in local and state income taxes.
Sprint spent more than $21 million on property taxes and $1.74
billion for goods and services from area businesses. Sprint's
headquarters was temporarily moved to Reston Virginia in 2003 after
it merged with Nextel. Since then, the world headquarters has been
reconsolidated in Overland Park.
Other major employers are AT&T, BNSF Railway, Asurion, Cerner, Citigroup, EMBARQ, Farmers Insurance Group, Garmin, Hallmark Cards, Harley-Davidson, Husqvarna, General
Motor Company. Kansas City also has a large pharmaceutical
industry, with companies such as Bayer and Aventis having large presences.
The following companies and organizations are headquartered in
- American Century
Investments, an investment firm
- AMC Theatres,
a movie theater chain
- Andrews McMeel Universal, a
syndication and publication company which represents features such
as Dear Abby, Garfield, Calvin and
Hobbes and Doonesbury
- Aquila, Inc.,
a major energy company
& Veatch Corporation, major engineering firm
- Burns & McDonnell
Engineering, an engineering and architectural firm
- Cerner, leading supplier
of healthcare information technology solutions.
- Church of the Nazarene
- Commerce Bancshares, bank serving
Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois
- Community of Christ church (Mormon
- DST Systems, Inc., global provider of
sophisticated information processing and computer software services
- Embarq Corporation, large
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Ferrellgas, the
nation's largest retailer and distributor of natural gas
- Fort Dodge Animal Health, a
major animal health pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturer and a
division of Wyeth
- Garmin, largest maker of
Cards, largest maker of greeting cards in the US
- HNTB Corporation, large
architecture and engineering firm
- H&R Block,
financial corporation and former parent company of CompuServe
- Inergy, LP, one of the nation's largest retailers and
distributors of natural
- Interstate Bakeries Corporation, makers of
Twinkies and Wonder Bread
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Ironship Builders,
Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers,
- J. E. Dunn Construction
Group, major construction contractor.
- Kansas City Power and
Light Company, a leading regulated provider of electricity and
energy-related products and services
- Kansas City Southern
Industries, operators of a Class I railroad
Companies, the largest privately held insurance brokerage in
- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
- People to People
International, a voluntary organization founded by President Dwight Eisenhower
- Peterson Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of vehicle
- Populous (formerly HOK Sport +
Venue + Event), world leader in sports architecture
- Premium Standard Farms, provider
of pork products, producing pork products for the retail,
wholesale, foodservice, further processor and export markets
- Russell Stover Candies
- Sprint Nextel
Corporation, one of the world's largest telecommunication
- Perceptive Software, makers of
"Image NOW" software.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Walton Construction, a major
- Wolferman's bakery
- YRC Worldwide Inc., one of the largest
transportation service providers in the world.
Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank.