Kansas City, the largest city in Missouri, sits near the geographic center of the forty-eight contiguous United States. It is, quite literally, the heart of America.
The city is known for its contributions to American culture, including jazz and blues and the world-famous Kansas City Barbeque. Other claims to fame include more than two hundred fountains and even more boulevards than Paris, earning it the nickname, “Paris of the Plains.”
Cultural and entertainment options abound in Kansas City. It is home to a repertory theatre, a symphony, an opera, and a ballet company. The City Market, founded in 1857, is a public farmers’ market that offers specialty food, fresh meats and seafood, restaurants and cafés, flowers, home accessories, and more. KC also plays host to the popular Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. The area supports several professional sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer, and hockey.
The Kansas City metro area has about 240 different neighborhoods that are home to close to 2,000,000 residents. Many well-known businesses are based in KC, including Sprint Nextel, H&R Block, AMC Theatres, Russell Stover Candies, and Hallmark Cards. It’s an affordable city, with the cost of living 21% below the national average. The median rent for Kansas City apartments is about $580 a month.