Moving to Kansas City, MO

Thinking about moving to Kansas City?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 21,633 people have moved to Kansas City, an increase of 4.7%. New residents are attracted to Kansas City’s muscular economy, affordable housing prices, and hip culture.

Where Are All the New Residents of Kansas City Moving From?

Maybe it’s the barbeque, but then again, maybe it’s the jazz or the baseball. Something is drawing new residents to Kansas City, Missouri. In fact, the metro area added more than 20,000 new residents between…


Kansas City’s affordability has made it a great place for families to live for decades now, but the city has had something of a sleepy image. That’s changing now that Kansas City is becoming a Millenial hotspot,
full of tech startups and knowledge workers straight out of college. Downtown KCMO is seeing a renaissance, as new housing, restaurants, bars and offices pop up at an incredible rate.

Living

Kansas City is home to 481,420 Kansas Citians. With an area of 315.0 square miles, Kansas City has a population density of 1,528 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 2,104,509 people, of which Kansas City proper’s population makes up 23%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Kansas City has going for it. The median home value in Kansas City is $122,600, -39% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Kansas City is $92. Over the past 5 years, home values in Kansas City have increased by 5%.

Renters in Kansas City will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Kansas City is $1,032 per month, which is 28% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Kansas City have increased by 2.3%.

Economy

Kansas City’s economy is growing strong. The Kansas City metro area’s GDP grew by 17% between 2010 and 2015, from $107 billion in 2010 to $126 billion in 2015, a total increase of $19 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $59,690. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Kansas City, MO is $57,388, 11% higher than the national median. Kansas City’s unemployment rate is 3.8%.

Kansas City, MO Arts and Entertainment

Q39

1000 W 39th St Kansas City, MO 64111

Arthur Bryant's

1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127

Jack Stack Barbecue

101 W 22nd St #300, Kansas City, MO 64108

B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ

1205 E 85th St, Kansas City, MO 64131

The Farmhouse

300 Delaware St Kansas City, MO 64105

Repeal 18th Bar and Bistro

1825 Buchanan St North Kansas City, MO 64116

Beer Kitchen

435 Westport Rd Kansas City, MO 64111

Grünauer

101 W 22nd St Kansas City, MO 64108

Reserve

1111 Grand Blvd Kansas City, MO 64106

Restaurants
Q39
Arthur Bryant's
Jack Stack Barbecue
B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ
The Farmhouse
Repeal 18th Bar and Bistro
Beer Kitchen
Grünauer
Reserve

Voltaire

1617 Genessee St. Kansas City, Mo

The Ship

1217 Union Ave., Kansas City, Mo

Manifesto Bar

1924 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Zoo Bar

1220 McGee St Kansas City, MO 64106

Kill Devil Club

31 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

Brewery Emperial

1829 Oak St Kansas City, MO 64108

Boulevard Brewing

2501 Sw Blvd Kansas City, MO 64108

Border Brewing Company

406 E 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108

The Phoenix

302 W. Eighth St., Kansas City, Mo

Nightlife
Voltaire
The Ship
Manifesto Bar
Zoo Bar
Kill Devil Club
Brewery Emperial
Boulevard Brewing
Border Brewing Company
The Phoenix

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108

Starlight Theatre

4600 Starlight Rd, Kansas City, MO 64132

Kansas City Zoo

6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St Kansas City, MO 64111

National World War I Museum and Memorial

2 Memorial Dr Kansas City, MO 64108

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

5235 Oak St Kansas City, MO 64112

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd Kansas City, MO 64111

American Jazz Museum

1616 E 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

1616 E 18th St Kansas City, MO 64108

Culture
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Starlight Theatre
Kansas City Zoo
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
National World War I Museum and Memorial
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
American Jazz Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Weather

If you’re allergic to cold weather, Kansas City might not be for you. Kansas City winters are cold, with an average temperature of 36 degrees. Summers in Kansas City are cool, with an average temperature of 74 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 64 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 44 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. Kansas City only sees 91 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 39.1 inches. Kansas City is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 68. And don’t foget to bring your sunglasses and tanning lotion! Kansas City gets an average of 2,810 sunny hours per year and 120 sunny days, more than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Kansas City does have some problems with violent crime, with a violent crime rate of 1,417 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a higher rate than average. Property crime rates in Kansas City are relatively high, with a rate of 4,441 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Kansas City what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Kansas City spends 18.8 hours in traffic each year, with about 4% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Kansas City is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Kansas City has a regional price parity of 102.1, -6.8% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Kansas City is a well-educated city, with 20% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 10% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 11% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Kansas City is 36.6 years. 49.% of the population in the Kansas City metro area is male, while 51.% is female. 6.3% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Kansas City is 79% white and 13% African American.

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