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Kansas City is a city in Jackson County. (The community straddles Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the Kansas River, which was named for the Indian tribe.

The latitude of Kansas City is 39.099N. The longitude is -94.578W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 899 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 442,768.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Kansas City demographic reports
Kansas City is at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
Fran?ois Chouteau established a trading post for the American Fur Company here in 1821. The community later served as a gateway for pioneers and forty-niners headed west.

With the arrival of the railroads, Kansas City became a hub for stockyards, cattle trading and grain markets. Known in the 1930s as a center of political corruption, under the regime of Democratic leader Thomas J. Pendergast.

The city's jazz tradition began in the area of 18th and Vine, where clubs featured the likes of Charlie "Bird" Parker and Count Basie.
Public transportation: Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 6,151. The number of murders and homicides was 82. The violent crime rate was 13.8 per 1,000 people.
Kansas City received national attention for the 1981 collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, killing 114 people.
Local foods: barbecue
Filming location for:
· 1967 movie, "In Cold Blood"
Well-known residents have included:
· Robert Altman, film director, producer and writer
· Charlie "Bird" Parker, jazz saxophonist
· Casey Stengel, baseball player and manager
· Dianne Wiest, actress
Local bands (past and present) have included Bloodstone
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival - June 19-July 8, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Irish Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • Rhythm & Ribs Festival - June 15-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Kansas City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Swope Park, Penn Valley Park
Kansas City attractions: Kansas City Zoo, Worlds of Fun, casinos
Sports teams: Royals (AL), Chiefs (NFL), Wizards (Major League Soccer), Brigade (Arena Football League)
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, California Trail
Historic sites and museums: Kansas City Museum, American Jazz Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Royal Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of Missouri, Avila College, Kansas City Art Institute, Rockhurst College, Maple Woods Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 145
The best restaurants in the world are, of course, in Kansas City. Not all of them; only the top four or five.
-- American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater
Calvin Trillin
· "Kansas City"
· "Everything's up to Date in Kansas City" (from "Oklahoma")

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Neighborhoods in Kansas City include River Market ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Kansas City include River Market ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Kansas City demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Jackson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Kansas City area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 64109 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

16% of Kansas City residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Kansas City ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: An afternoon at Country Club Plaza, the 1920s-era shopping district

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Kansas City was $20,753, compared with $21,587 nationally.


26% of Kansas City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Kansas City include Santa Fe Place Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Kansas City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $445.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $881.


Libraries in Kansas City include Blue Ridge Branch, Boardwalk Branch, I. H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas, Kansas City Public Library, L. H. Bluford Branch, North Oak Branch, North-East Branch, Plaza Branch, Red Bridge Branch, Southeast Branch ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Kansas City include Kansas City Star

TV stations in Kansas City include KCPT, KCTV, KCWE, KMBC, KPXE, KSHB, KSMO, WDAF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCUR-FM.

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Jackson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Kansas City political report.

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Kansas City restaurants taking online reservations include blue bird bistro, Bluestem, Cafe Sebastienne, Cafe Sevilla, Cafe Trio, Capital Grille - Kansas City, Hereford House - Downtown, La Bodega - Kansas City, Le Fou Frog, M & S Grill - Kansas City ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Kansas City workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 210 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Kansas City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.


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“ The best restaurants in the world are, of course, in Kansas City. Not all of them; only the top four or five. ”
~ American Fried: Adventures of a Happy Eater
Calvin Trillin

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