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Kansas City metropolitan area

Kansas City metropolitan area
Kansas City, MO-KS
Map of Kansas City metropolitan area
Country United States
State(s)  - Missouri
 - Kansas
Largest city Kansas City, Missouri
Other cities  - Overland Park
 - Kansas City, KS
 - Independence
 - Olathe
 - Lee's Summit
 - Shawnee
 - Blue Springs
 - Lenexa
 • Total 7,952 sq mi (20,600 km2)
Highest elevation 1,1601 ft (353.51 m)
Lowest elevation 6901 ft (210.31 m)
 • Total (2,014) 2,393,623
 • Rank 30th MSA, 23rd CSA in the U.S.
 • Density 260.0/sq mi (100.4/km2)

Kansas City (KC) is a fourteen-county Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area.


  • Geographic overview 1
    • Downtown 1.1
    • Midtown 1.2
    • South Side of the Metro (or "South KC") 1.3
    • The Northland 1.4
    • East Side of the Metro ("Eastern Jackson County") 1.5
      • Cultural attractions 1.5.1
  • Metropolitan area 2
    • Anchor city 2.1
    • Municipalities with 100,000 or more inhabitants 2.2
    • Municipalities with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants 2.3
    • Municipalities with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants 2.4
    • Municipalities with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants 2.5
    • Municipalities with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants 2.6
    • Counties 2.7
    • Associated areas 2.8
  • Transportation 3
    • Highways 3.1
      • Interstates 3.1.1
      • US Highways 3.1.2
      • Kansas state highways 3.1.3
      • Missouri state highways 3.1.4
      • Other notable roads 3.1.5
    • Air 3.2
    • Rail and bus 3.3
  • Local navigation tips 4
    • Street numbers 4.1
    • Highways 4.2
    • Navigation landmarks 4.3
    • Areas of the metropolitan area 4.4
  • Educational institutions 5
    • Post-secondary 5.1
  • Libraries 6
  • Media 7
    • Print media 7.1
    • Broadcast media 7.2
      • Television 7.2.1
      • Radio 7.2.2
        • Public and community radio
        • Specialty radio
  • Business interests 8
    • Headquarters 8.1
      • Hospitals 8.1.1
    • Shopping centers 8.2
  • Local organizations 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • Further reading 12
  • External links 13

Geographic overview

Kansas City satellite map. The larger Missouri River is zigzagging from west to east; the much smaller Kansas is approaching from the south and joins it at Kaw Point. Kansas City, Missouri, is located immediately south of their intersection; North Kansas City, Missouri, is to its northeast; and Kansas City, Kansas, is to the west.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area can be visualized roughly by the following divisions:


Downtown is the historic center of Kansas City, located entirely within Kansas City, Missouri, and containing the original town site, business districts and residential neighborhoods of the city. Downtown is bounded by the Missouri River on the north, the Missouri-Kansas state line on the west, 31st Street on the south and the Blue River on the east. The Downtown area includes the Central Business District and its buildings, which form the city's skyline. The downtown loop is formed by Interstates 670, 70 and 35. Within the downtown loop are many of the tall buildings and skyscrapers that make up the city's skyline. Also within the downtown loop are small, distinct neighborhoods such as Quality Hill, the Garment District, the Financial District, the Convention Center District, and the Power and Light District.

Other neighborhoods within Downtown are the River Market and Columbus Park, both located between the downtown loop and the Missouri River. Between the downtown loop and the state line are the Westside neighborhood and the West Bottoms, located at the bottom of the bluff adjacent to Kaw Point. East of the loop are the 18th & Vine District, the North Bottoms, East Bottoms, Northeast, and Pendleton Heights. South of the loop is the Crossroads District, Union Hill, Crown Center, Hospital Hill, Longfellow, Wendell Phillips, and Washington Wheatley.

The Kansas City Convention Center, Municipal Auditorium, City Hall, Lyric Theater, Midland Theatre, Ilus Davis Park, and Barney Allis Plaza are located within the Central Business District inside the downtown loop. The Sprint Center and the College Basketball Experience are located within Power & Light District, also within the downtown loop. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is perched upon a high point immediately south of the downtown loop. South of the loop is the Crossroads District, Union Station, Crown Center, the National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, Penn Valley Park, Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, and the 18th & Vine District. North of the loop are City Market within the River Market and Richard L. Berkeley Riverfront Park. West of the loop within the West Bottoms are Kemper Arena and Hale Arena.


This area is located just south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, bounded by 31st Street on the north, the state line on the west, West Gregory Boulevard (71st Street) on the south, and Troost Avenue on the east. Midtown is contained entirely within Kansas City, Missouri, and is largely considered to be the core of the metropolitan area, as it contains numerous cultural attractions, shopping and entertainment areas, large hospitals, universities, and the metro area's most densely populated neighborhoods.

Midtown consists of numerous distinct and/or historic neighborhoods such as Westport, Volker, Ivanhoe, Hyde Park, Squier Park, Armour Hills, Southmoreland, Valentine, Hanover Place, Coleman Highlands, and Rockhill.

Midtown is home to a majority of the metro area's regional entertainment, shopping, medical, and cultural attractions. Entertainment attractions are found throughout and include the 39th Street corridor, Westport, the Country Club Plaza, Brookside, and Waldo. Shopping is centered on the Country Club Plaza, which contains numerous luxury retailers, hotels, and restaurants. Brookside and Westport also contain smaller-scale, neighborhood-oriented, and niche-market retailers. Midtown is home to Saint Luke's Hospital and Research Medical Center. Cultural attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst University, Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Midwest Research Institute, Penn Valley Community College, the Tivoli Theater, Uptown Theater, Madrid Theater, Unicorn Theater, Starlight Theater, the Kansas City Zoo, Loose Park, and Swope Park.

South Side of the Metro (or "South KC")

Also known as "South Kansas City" and sometimes called "the southland," this area consists of the southern half of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the suburbs of Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Loch Lloyd, Martin City and Raymore.

The Northland

The Northland is the area north of the Missouri River, bordered by the Kansas state line on the west and Missouri Highway 291 on the east. All of Platte County, Missouri and much of Clay County make up the area. The economy of the Northland is dominated by Kansas City International Airport, Ford Motor Kansas City Assembly Plant, the Zona Rosa shopping community, and three riverboat casinos. Communities of the Northland outside the city limits include Parkville, Liberty, Platte City, Gladstone , Riverside, and North Kansas City.

East Side of the Metro ("Eastern Jackson County")

Eastern Jackson County is an area of the Kansas City Metro that contains the far-eastern urban side of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the Missouri suburbs of Independence, Blue Springs, Raytown, Lees Summit, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Sugar Creek, Lake Lotawana, Greenwood, Buckner, Pleasant Hill, and Lone Jack.

Cultural attractions

Cultural attractions include:

Photo Name City Notes
Chicago & Alton Hotel Museum Blue Springs The oldest business building in Blue Springs, Missouri. In 1978, the hotel, which originally served the railroad, was moved from the original site, just south of Main Street, to its present location.
Dillingham-Lewis House Museum Blue Springs Home built in 1906 and the only structure in Blue Springs that is constructed of native limestone. The house is named after two families.
Fort Osage National Historic Site Sibley Part of the United States factory trading post system for the Osage Nation in the early 19th century, near Sibley, Missouri.
Jackson County Jail and Marshal's House Independence Former jail site, operated by the Jackson County Historical Society, that housed thousands of prisoners during the bloodiest period of Jackson County's history. Some of its famous guests included Frank James and William Clark Quantrill.
Leila's Hair Museum Independence A museum that displays examples of hair art dating back to the 19th century.
Lone Jack Battlefield Museum Lone Jack The only Civil War Museum in Jackson County, Missouri, and one of the few battlefields where the soldiers – who perished during the battle – are still buried on the battlefield.
Midwest Genealogy Center Independence The largest freestanding public genealogy research library in America.
National Frontier Trails Museum Independence A museum, interpretive center, and research library dedicated to telling the history of America’s principle western trails.
Rice-Tremonti Home Raytown Home built on the Santa Fe Trail in 1844 by Archibald Rice and his family.
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Independence A 5,800-seat multi-purpose arena, which currently hosts the home games of the Missouri Mavericks.
Harry S. Truman Historic District Independence and Grandview
The U.S. Historic District associated with 33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman. District includes:
The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, located in Independence, the official Presidential library
The Truman home, located in Independence. The residence where Truman lived for most of his time in Missouri.
The Truman Farm, located in Grandview. The farmhouse built in 1894 by Truman's maternal grandmother.
Truman Sports Complex Kansas City Home to two major sports venues: Arrowhead Stadium, home of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, and Kauffman Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals.

Metropolitan area

Anchor city

Municipalities with 100,000 or more inhabitants

Municipalities with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Municipalities with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants


Municipalities with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Municipalities with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants

In recent years, the Kansas City metropolitan area has been experiencing continued growth. Between July 2000 and July 2007, the population of the Kansas City MSA grew from 1,842,965 to an estimated 2,037,357, an increase of 10%.[1]


The Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area

County 2014 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Jackson County 683,191 674,158 +1.34%
Johnson County 574,272 544,179 +5.53%
Clay County 233,682 221,939 +5.29%
Wyandotte County 161,636 157,505 +2.62%
Cass County 100,889 99,478 +1.42%
Platte County 94,788 89,322 +6.12%
Leavenworth County 78,797 76,277 +3.30%
Miami County 32,822 32,787 +0.11%
Lafayette County 32,688 33,381 −2.08%
Franklin County 25,611 25,992 −1.47%
Ray County 22,949 23,494 −2.32%
Clinton County 20,299 20,743 −2.14%
Bates County 16,584 17,049 −2.73%
Linn County 9,502 9,656 −1.59%
Caldwell County 9,034 9,424 −4.14%
Total 2,071,133 2,009,342 +3.08%

The MSA covers a total area of 7,952 sq mi (20,600 km2). 7,855 sq. mi. is land and 97 sq mi (250 km2). is water.

Associated areas

Often associated with Kansas City, the cities of Lawrence, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri, are identified as separate Metropolitan Statistical Areas.[2]

The Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas Combined Statistical Area, which encompasses the Kansas City MO-KS MSA, the Warrensburg, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area (µSA) (in Johnson County, Missouri), and the Atchison, Kansas µSA (in Atchison County, Kansas), covers a total area of 9,220 sq. mi. 9,117 sq mi (23,610 km2). is land and 103 sq mi (270 km2). is water.



The Kansas City metropolitan area has 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: Las Vegas.[3]


The Kansas City area is a major point on the United States Interstate Network, as it is confluenced by four major interstate highways:

Other interstates that cross through the Kansas City area include:

  • I-435 – A bi-state loop that runs through the city's suburbs in Missouri and Kansas. It is the second-longest single-numbered beltway in the U.S., and the fourth-longest in the world.
  • I-470 – Connects South Kansas City with Lee's Summit and Independence.
  • I‑635 – Connects the Kansas suburbs with Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City International Airport.
  • I-670 – A southern bypass of I-70 and the southern portion of the downtown loop. The roadway is designated on road signs as East I-70, when exiting from I-35 while traveling north.

US Highways

U.S. Highways serving the Kansas City Metro Area include:

  • US 24 – Running from Independence Ave. and Winner Rd., between downtown Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, it serves as a street-level connection to Independence.
  • US 40 – U.S. 40 is one of six east-west U.S.-numbered routes that run (or ran) from coast to coast. It serves as a business loop and an alternate route for I-70.
  • US 50 – Enters the area in southern Johnson County, follows I-435 from the west to I-470, then splits off of I-470 in Lee's Summit to continue eastward to Jefferson City and St. Louis as a regular highway. Its former route through Raytown and southeast Kansas City was renumbered as Route 350. U.S. 50 is also one of the six east-west highways that run coast-to-coast through the United States.
  • US-56 - Enters the area concurrent with I-35 until the Shawnee Mission Parkway exit. It runs east along the Parkway into the Plaza area of Kansas City before terminating at US-71.
  • US 69 – Connects Excelsior Springs, Missouri, in the north and serves as a freeway in the suburbs of 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, joining with I-49 at the Grandview Triangle.
  • US 169 – Connects Smithville, Missouri, in the north.

Kansas state highways

Kansas highways in the area include:

  • 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, Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas.
  • K-10 – A freeway linking I-435 and Lawrence.
  • K-32 – A highway that links Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

Missouri state highways

Missouri highways in the area include:

  • Route 7 - A minor highway serving the eastern suburbs in Jackson County.
  • Route 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 45 – Known as Tom Watson Parkway in the Kansas City vicinity until it intersects with I-435, it is a highway that spans 42 miles from I-29/US-71 to US-59/MO-273 in Lewis & Clark Village, Missouri (right east of the larger city of Atchison, Kansas). It is also known as NW 64th Street from NW Klamm Drive to I-29/US-71. The highway runs through the northern part of Parkville, Missouri and across Riss Lake. The National Golf Course is located off of MO-45.
  • Route 58 - A state highway serving the southern suburbs of Belton and Raymore.
  • Route 150 – A highway linking southern Lee's Summit and Grandview to the Kansas suburbs at State Line Road.
  • Route 152 – A freeway contained entirely in Kansas City's Northland, stretching from Liberty in Clay County west until it intersects with I-435 near Parkville, Missouri.
  • Route 210 – A minor freeway east of North Kansas City that, as a two-lane road, stretches to Richmond, Missouri.
  • Route 291 – Formerly an eastern bypass route of U.S. 71, this minor freeway connects Harrisonville and Lee's Summit to Independence, Sugar Creek, Liberty and Kansas City North. The roadway is designated on road signs alongside I-470 north of Lee's Summit.
  • Route 350 – This road crosses through Raytown as Blue Parkway.

Other notable roads

Other notable roads in the area are:

  • 18th Street Expressway, a freeway carrying US-69 through central Wyandotte County from I-35 to I-70.
  • 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 that runs from the west side of downtown Kansas City to Westport. The street has long been an entertainment center, with various bars, live jazz outlets, and restaurants located along it. It also forms the eastern border of Quality Hill, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kansas City.
  • The Paseo – Part of the city's original system of parks and boulevards developed beginning in the late 1880s, it is the longest of the original boulevards, and the only one that runs the entire length of the pre-World War II city boundary, from the Missouri River bluffs in the north to 79th Street on the south.
  • Shawnee Mission Parkway - Former alignment of K-10 serving the Johnson County, KS suburbs in the area.
  • Troost Avenue – A north-south thoroughfare located 11 blocks east of Main Street, named for an early Kansas City settler and dentist, Benoist Troost. The street roughly divides the city's mostly black neighborhoods to its east from its mostly white ones to its west.
  • Swope Parkway – Running on the south side of the Brush Creek valley eastward from The Paseo, then southward from its junction with Benton Boulevard, this street is the main route from the city's midtown to its largest city park, Swope Park.
  • North Oak Trafficway – A major road located in the Northland. The roadway is designated as MO-283 from MO-9 to I-29. It is a major commercial road in the Northland and serves as the main street in Gladstone, Missouri.
  • Barry Road - Runs along the former route of Military Road, which ran from Liberty to Fort Leavenworth. It is now a major commercial street in the Northland, although it has been paralleled by MO-152 for its entire route and effectively replaced it east of Indiana Avenue.


The Kansas City metropolitan area is served by two airports. It is primarily served by Kansas City International Airport, located 15 miles northwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, was built to serve as a world hub for the supersonic transport and Boeing 747. The airport's gates were positioned 100 feet (30 m) from the street; however, since the September 11, 2001 attacks, these have undergone expensive overhauls, retrofitting it to incorporate elements of conventional security systems.

The much smaller Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, located to the immediate north of downtown near the Missouri River, was the original headquarters of Trans World Airlines (TWA) and houses the Airline History Museum. It served as the area's major airport until 1972, when Kansas City International (then known as Mid-Continent International Airport and was home to an Overhaul Base for TWA) became the primary airport for the metropolitan area after undergoing $150 million in upgrades that were approved by voters in a 1966 bond issue. Downtown Airport is still used to this day for general aviation and airshows.

Rail and bus

Union Station serves as a hub for Amtrak, which maintains daily service by long-distance trains to and from Kansas City, Missouri.

Public transportation in the Kansas City area is only provided by city buses operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA). The Metro Area Express (MAX) went online as Kansas City, Missouri's first bus rapid transit line in July 2005, and operates and is marketed akin to a rail system as opposed to a local bus line; the MAX links the River Market, Downtown, Union Station, Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza.[4][5] Buses in Johnson County, Kansas, are operated by Johnson County Transit (known as "The JO").

The Kansas City Downtown Streetcar is a two-mile modern streetcar line in downtown Kansas City that is scheduled to be completed in late 2015, and will be maintained and operated by the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, a non-profit corporation made up of private sector stakeholders and city appointees. A ballot initiative to fund construction of the $102 million line was approved by voters on December 12, 2012.[6] The system will run between River Market and Union Station, mostly on Main Street,[7] with extensions to the starter line planned for addition at a later date.

Local navigation tips

See related article: voy:Kansas City (Missouri) at Wikivoyage

Street numbers

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 the northland, east-west streets use the prefix N.E. or N.W., depending on the side of N. Main on which they lie.


  • Kansas Citians tend to express U.S. 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, known as "The Overland Parkway", runs southbound on I-35 from Kansas City, Missouri towards Johnson County. There are two exits marked South 69 on the roadway. The first – or northern – exit on 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 U.S. 71 ran mostly on Prospect Avenue.
  • When traveling north on I-35 from Johnson County, the first signs that are designated as I-70 East actually guide drivers through the southern portion of I-670, which takes motorists into the southern part of the Downtown Freeway Loop, and runs underneath the Bartle Hall Convention Center and some downtown overpasses. This is sometimes referred to as "going under downtown".
  • The downtown freeway loop is a complex layout of freeways in downtown Kansas City, Missouri involving 23 exits, four Interstate highways, four U.S. highways and numerous city streets. Each exit in the freeway loop is numbered "2" and suffixed with every letter of the alphabet – except I, O and Z (which would resemble 1, 0 and 2 on the exit signs), although some of the exits are currently under construction/renovation and closed to traffic. The entire circumference of the loop is just over 4-mile (6.4 km).

Navigation landmarks

  • The KCTV-Tower is a 1,042 feet (318 m) pyramid-shaped television and radio tower used primarily by local CBS affiliate KCTV (channel 5). It is located at the corner of 31st and Main Streets, next to the studio facilities of PBS member station KCPT (which formerly housed the original studios of KCTV), and is visible from many parts of the city, especially at night due to the string of lights adorning the tower.
  • The twin red-brick towers of the American Century Investments complex are oriented north and south along Main at 45th Street, just north of the Country Club Plaza (the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located slightly east, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located east and slightly south).
  • Kansas City Community Christian Church, located at 4601 Main Street, has a group of lights that shoot a beam upwards to the sky at night. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, it is located slightly south of and across the street from the American Century Investment Towers (the Nelson Atkins is located to the east, and the Kemper Museum is to the north and slightly east).
  • Bartle Hall has a section that somewhat resembles 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, located near the intersection of I-70, Linwood Street and Van Brunt Avenue, has a large "VA" emblem.
  • The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 16th Street and Broadway (just south of the downtown loop), with its tiered glass and steel half-domes, has a design reminiscent of the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

Areas of the metropolitan area

The center of Kansas City is roughly contained inside the downtown loop (shaded in red).
  • Downtown Kansas City is a section of western Kansas City, Missouri, where a large concentration of the area's employees work, and where much of the city's entertainment facilities are located. The area has been undergoing a massive revitalization since 2000, and increased its population by over 7,000 people between 2000 and 2005. The Power and Light District and the Sprint Center are located in the downtown area.
  • "The Northland" refers to a section of the metropolitan area located 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 the city of North Kansas City. The area is also referred to as "North of the River" by local residents and by local television stations in news and traffic reports.
  • River Market is an area located north of downtown, south of the Missouri River and west of Highway 9, and is home to a large farmer's market.
  • "North Kansas City" (abbreviated as NKC, and also known as Northtown) is a separate city that is completely surrounded by Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Shawnee Mission is an area recognized by the United States Postal Service that includes many towns in Johnson County, Kansas.
  • The Waldo Residential District (also known as simply Waldo) is area of Kansas City, Missouri, located near 75th Street and Wornall Road.
  • Country Club Plaza (also simply known as "the Plaza") is an upscale shopping district built by the J.C. Nichols Company in 1923, and was the first suburban shopping district in the United States.[8]
  • The Country Club District is an associated group of neighborhoods built along Ward Parkway by J.C. Nichols, which is located just south of the Country Club Plaza and includes Sunset Hill, Brookside, Crestwood, and Mission Hills, Kansas.
  • 39th Street (also referred to as the Volker neighborhood or "Restaurant Row") is a small section of West 39th Street between State Line Road and the Southwest Trafficway in Kansas City, Missouri. The area has many restaurants, bars and shops, and is located just across the state line from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • University of Kansas Hospital (KUMED) is the corporate name of the hospital on the KU Medical Center campus.
  • Benton Curve is a curve located at the cross-section of Interstate 70 and Benton Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri; the area has long been prone to traffic accidents.
  • Pendleton Heights is a historic neighborhood in the northeast side of Kansas City, Missouri, which is bordered by Cliff Drive to the north, Chestnut Trafficway to the east, Independence Avenue to the south and the Paseo Trafficway to the west. It is Kansas City's oldest surviving neighborhood, and is home to the city's largest concentration of Victorian homes.
  • The Grandview Triangle is the intersection of three major highways: Interstate 435, Interstate 470, and U.S. Route 71 (Bruce R. Watkins Drive). Notorious for fatal accidents, the Triangle has undergone improvements and upgrades in recent years.
  • 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 City, Missouri.
  • 18th and Vine Historic District (known simply as 18th and Vine) is a district on Kansas City, Missouri's north side 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.[9]
  • Strawberry 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, in recent years, Strawberry Hill has seen residents emigrating to the area from Eastern Europe.
  • Hospital Hill is an area near 23rd Street and Holmes Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, and consists of two major hospitals (Truman Medical Center and 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 Streets. 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 neighborhood in the downtown area between the Central Business District and Union Station, centered around the intersection of 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. It contains dozens of art galleries, and is considered to be the center of the arts culture in the metropolitan area. Local artists sponsor exhibits in the district on the first Friday of each month.
  • Quality Hill is a residential and commercial neighborhood located atop of a western hill in the Central Business District of Downtown Kansas City, across the river from the Charles B. Wheeler Airport.
  • Washington-Wheatley is a historically Black neighborhood, located southeast of the 18th and Vine Historical District.
  • The Westside is a historically African American and Chicano/Latino neighborhood near Southwest Blvd. and Interstate 35.
  • Westport is a historic district which is home to much of the metropolitan area's entertainment and nightlife.
  • Valentine
  • West Bottoms is home to many of downtown's oldest buildings and where the city's stockyards were once located. It is now known for its arts community, the American Royal, Kemper Arena, antique stores, and First Fridays events.
  • Rosedale
  • Squier Park
  • Union Hill[10]
  • Armordale is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, and is one of the historically Chicano(a) neighborhoods of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Sheffield
  • East Bottoms Also known as the Industrial District, it is primarily known for its industrial businesses and railroad activity. There are however burgeoning cultural attractions at the intersection of Montgall and Guinotte Avenues related to handmade goods, food, music and a distillery.
  • Brookside is a pedestrian-friendly district built in the 1920s, centered on the Brookside Shopping District at 63rd Street and Brookside Blvd.
  • Hanover Heights is a small neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas that was once primarily noted for the antiques shops located along 45th Street, with the neighborhood's boundaries running mainly between Rainbow Blvd. and State Line Road, running south of the KU Medical Center to the Johnson County border.
  • The Historic Old Northeast District (or simply Northeast) is a working-class immigrant collection of neighborhoods, located between downtown Kansas City and the smaller city of Independence.
  • The Truman Sports Complex, located at the corner of I-70 and I-435 (east of downtown Kansas City, Missouri), is home to several professional sports attractions. It is anchored by Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs NFL franchise; and Kauffman Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals.
  • Ivanhoe is an inner-city neighborhood in the core of Kansas City, Missouri, which runs from Benton Boulevard on the east, Paseo Boulevard on the west, 39th Street on the north, and 47th Street on the south. This area is known for its high crime rate.

Educational institutions


In Kansas City, Missouri:

MCC-Penn Valley
MCC-Maple Woods
MCC-Business and Technology Center
MCC-Blue River

On the Missouri side of the Missouri River:

Other nearby educational institutions in Missouri:

Other nearby educational institutions in Kansas:


  • Johnson County Library
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
  • Kansas City Public Library (Missouri)
  • Linda Hall Library
  • Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Olathe Public Library


Print media

The Kansas City Star is the metropolitan area's major daily newspaper. The McClatchy Company, which owns The Star, is also the owner of two suburban weeklies, Lee's Summit Journal and Olathe Journal.

The Kansas City Kansan serves Wyandotte County, having moved from print to an online format in 2009. Additional weekly papers in the metropolitan area include the Liberty Tribune, Sun Newspapers of Johnson County, The Examiner in Independence and eastern Jackson County, and The Pitch. The area is also served by two newspapers focused the area's faith-based population: The Metro Voice Christian Newspaper and the Jewish Chronicle. The city's Hispanic and Latino American community is served by Dos Mundos, a bilingual newspaper with articles printed in Spanish and English, and Mi Raza magazine, the area's only weekly Hispanic publication printed in Spanish. The "Kansas City Call" serves the African American community publishing its paper weekly.

Broadcast media

According to Arbitron, about 1.5 million people over the age of 12 live within the Kansas City DMA, making it the 30th largest market for radio and 31st for television according to Nielsen. The Kansas City television and radio markets cover 32 counties encompassing northwestern Missouri and northeast Kansas.


Television stations in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with all major network affiliates represented, include:

The Kansas City television market is in very close proximity to two other media markets, St. Joseph and Topeka. As such, most of the television stations in the Kansas City area are receivable over-the-air in portions of both markets, including their principal cities; likewise, stations from Topeka are receivable as far east as Kansas City, Kansas and stations from St. Joseph are viewable as far south as Kansas City, Missouri's immediate northern suburbs.


Over 30 FM and 20 AM radio stations broadcast in the Kansas City area, with stations from Topeka, St. Joseph and Carrollton also reaching into the metropolitan area. The highest-rated radio stations, according to Arbitron are:

  • KPRS (103.3 FM) – Urban
  • KCMO-FM (94.9) – Classic Hits
  • KQRC (98.9 FM) – Rock
  • KRBZ-FM (96.5) – Alternative
  • KMBZ (98.1 FM) – News/Talk
  • WDAF-FM (106.5) – Country
  • KZPT (99.7) - Adult Top 40
  • KCSP (610 AM) - Sports, Kansas City Royals flagship
  • KMXV (93.3) - Top 40
  • KFKF (94.1) - Country
  • KCFX (101.1) - Classic Rock, Kansas City Chiefs flagship
  • KCHZ (95.7 FM) – Top 40/Rhythmic
Public and community radio
  • KCUR (89.3 FM) – NPR affiliate
  • KANU-FM (91.5) and KTBG (90.9 FM) – both college radio stations; also NPR affiliates
  • KKFI (90.1 FM) – Locally owned not-for-profit station
  • KGSP (1480 FM) – Park University college station
Specialty radio

Hispanics, which account for 5% of the market's population, are served by three AM radio stations:

Business interests

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area's largest private employer is Cerner Corporation.[13] Cerner, a global healthcare IT company which is headquartered in North Kansas City, employs nearly 10,000 people in the area with a total workforce of nearly 20,000 people including global employees. In August 2014, the company announced its acquisition of competitor Siemens Healthcare, which, if approved, will further increase Cerner's total number of employees.[14] Cerner has several campuses across the area with its World Headquarters building in North Kansas City, Innovations Campus in South Kansas City, and Continuous Campus in the Kansas City, Kansas area.

Other major employers and business enterprises are AT&T, BNSF Railway, Asurion, Sprint Corporation, Citigroup, EMBARQ, Farmers Insurance Group, Garmin, Hallmark Cards, Harley-Davidson, Husqvarna, General Motors, Honeywell, Ford Motor Company, MillerCoors, State Street Corporation, The Kansas City Star, and Waddell & Reed, some of which are headquartered in the metropolitan area. Kansas City also has a large pharmaceutical industry, with companies such as Bayer and Aventis having a large presence.


The following companies and organizations, excluding educational institutions, are among the larger ones that are currently headquartered in or have since relocated from the metropolitan area (headquarters of most companies are located in Kansas City, Missouri, unless otherwise noted):

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank is one of twelve such banks located in the United States.


Shopping centers

Local organizations

See also


  1. ^ "County Population Estimates-U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bulletin" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  3. ^ "". January 10, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maps and Schedules". KCATA. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Light Rail and MAX". KCATA. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kansas City voters approve streetcar plan". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kansas City streetcar rides will be free". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Official web site of the". Country Club Plaza. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Library district walking tour Retrieved August 4, 2013
  10. ^ The Union Hill Historic District Retrieved August 4, 2013
  11. ^ "Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City". Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Vatterott College - Kansas City, MO". Retrieved April 2015. 
  13. ^
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Further reading

  • Shortridge, James R. Kansas City and How It Grew, 1822–2011 (University Press of Kansas; 2012) 248 pages; historical geography

External links

  • 2010 KC Census
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