A favorite Place to live
Year after year parts of the KC metro area are named to lists of the best places to live in the country. US News & World Report, Money Magazine, Niche and several others consistently name the KC metro area as a top place to live, raise a family, and retire. They usually cite the great schools, beautiful parks, job market, entertainment, and affordability as reasons that KC one of the best places to live.
Kansas City is known as the “City of Fountains.” Everywhere you look there is a gorgeous fountain to admire. In addition to our fountains, we have some breathe taking parks. Our parks are often cited as a reason why Kansas City is such a great place to live. It’s easy to find a park to take your kids to play, take your dog on a walk, or just have some quiet time. It’s refreshing to be able to leave the bustle of living in a big city and go spend some time in a beautiful park.
Speaking of leaving the busyness of life, Kansas City also has incredible culture to experience. From Kauffman Center to The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City has everything you need to experience more culture. If you are wanting to experience culture you can’t forget about the side by side American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s. And a trip through our museums wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the National World War I Museum. You have to stop by downtown and check out The Historic West Bottoms, old industrial buildings that now house retro retails like, The Ship, a restored 1930s speakeasy.
Kansas City doesn’t just have Museum though. We are also home to some amazing theatre and entertainment. No matter what your preference is, Kansas City will always have something for you, whether it’s a play or a rock concert, our entertainment life is always thriving. There is a reason Kansas City was the only city in the nation to be included in National Geographic’s Most Exciting Destinations in the World for 2019 list.
You can’t talk about why Kansas City is great without mentioning food. For one, we have some of the best BBQ in the country, and no shortage of incredible BBQ restaurants to eat at. Kansas City BBQ is honestly enough of a reason to want to live here, but the food doesn’t stop there. The Metro also has some incredibly chefs and restaurants. The JCCC’s culinary program is one of two in the country to receive a Quality Culinary award from the World Association of Chefs Societies. Chefs learn at JCCC and then stay here and start their own restaurants. Which is whey we have countless restaurants that have received top awards and classifications from national entities.
In addition to our BBQ, and incredible chefs, KC has another specialty in food. We have developed an incredible farm-to-market culture. Whether it’s at our local restaurants using local farmers as their suppliers just our farmers markets, you can easily find amazing, organic, locally grown food.
Speaking of local, we can’t forget to mention the beer. The KC area has a huge market of local beer companies. From big companies like Boulevard Brewing Co to smaller breweries like Torn Label Brewing Co, you will easily find your next favorite beer.
We love our Sports
Anyone that’s lived in the Kansas City area for very long knows that there’s not much we love more than we love our sports, even when our teams let us down. If you need proof of that just look at the parades, we had for the Royal’s World Series Championship and the Chiefs Super Bowl Championship. We stood by our teams through decades of drought, and we couldn’t have been more supportive when those droughts finally ended. Plus, unlike in other cities, we didn’t celebrity finally winning championships with destruction.
The Kansas City Chiefs home, Arrowhead Stadium currently holds the world record for loudest outdoor stadium. We have held that record proudly for almost 6 years, long before Mahomes was drafted and our drought was over. Every year players from other teams come here and after comment about how they weren’t prepared for the noise. In addition to that, Allen Fieldhouse, not to far away in Lawrence, currently holds the world record for loudest indoor stadium. It’s also considered to have the greatest home court advantage in college sports because of the crowds the gather there for every game.
It’s no secret, the Kansas City Metro loves sports, and we prove it repeatedly.
Our schools are regularly cited as reasons why we are listed as one of the best places to live. Blue Valley North High School was selected as one of the Top 50 Smartest Schools in America by Business Insiders. In addition to that, 4 Blue Valley high schools were included on the US New & World Report list for Best High Schools in the country. The metro also has a 90% high school graduation rate, which is above the national average. Kansas City schools are also considered to be among the top schools for STEM education. Overall, the Kansas City area is an incredible place to raise your kids.
We have Big Hearts
In 2018 Kansas City area residents donated over $2 billon, with about 70% of those donations going to local nonprofits. The average household donates
$3,000, which is 50% above the national average. Anyone that lives in the area has heard of Big Slick, an annual fundraising event for Children’s Mercy Kansas City that’s hosted by 5 famous men that grew up in the area and want to give back. This one annual fundraiser has raised over $12M in the 11 years since it started.
When asked about why he loves Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes said “I feel like this community, they love football, but they love each other more. Being a part of this community, I know that it’s about more than just football. It’s about being a good person and giving back to the community as much as they give to us.” Mahomes certainly isn’t the first person to say something along those lines and he won’t be the last. Kansas City has shown time and time again that we love passionately, and the thing we love most is each other. So, we show that love by doing everything we can to help each other out.
Techies are flocking to Kansas City faster than most of the techie cities. Our tech jobs are going by over 150% every year. We have been names one of the top 5 places to get a great tech job by CBRE and are considered one of the top cities for women and startups in tech. Not only does this speak to our job market, it means that Kansas City is on the cutting edge of technology, keeping up with major cities like New York City or San Diego.
This one could be considered a negative but let’s look at the positives. The KC metro area, like most of the Midwest, is known for crazy weather. There’re not many places where you can experience all 4 seasons in a single day, but you can here. Honestly, what’s not fun about that? Several days of snow is annoying, but a few hours of snow before a sunny afternoon. Who wouldn’t love that? The weather here forces us to stay prepared, but it also lets us be more appreciative of different weather. Its easy to hate snow if that is all you get, but if your weather is constantly changing, it’s easier to appreciate.