Thinking about a move to or within Kansas City?
Are You Thinking about Moving to Kansas City?
Kansas City is sometimes referred to as the Heart of America because it is within 250 miles of the geographic and population centers of the United States. When people refer to Kansas City they tend to refer to the Kansas City Metroplotian area. The Kansas City Metropolitian area comprises of 9 counties that straddle the Missouri and Kansas State line. Four counties are in Kansas and five counties are in Missouri.
The Kansas counties are Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties. The cities and suburban cities on the Kansas side of the Kansas City Metropolitian area are Leavenworth, Kansas City, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, Gardner, Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village and Mission.
The Missouri counties are Cass, Jackson, Clay, Ray and Platte counties. The cities and suburbs in Missouri are Kansas City, Belton, Raymore, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Liberty, Gladstone and Platte City.
As of 2009 the Kansas City Metropolitan area had a population of 2,067,585. Although the Metropolitan Kansas City area has seen an urban renewal most of the growth has been in the suburban communities like Gardner, Olathe, Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Raymore, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs
In addition, Kansas City is sometimes known as the artistic heartland because here the performing arts and the visual arts go hand in hand. Kansas City is internationally known for its museums, gallery districts, fountains and great performances. Much of the area’s real estate is full of cultural opportunities. Kansas City features an exciting arts scene, and is considered one of the top art cities in the nation. For example, the Kansas City Ballet is one of the best mid-sized ballet organizations in the nation, and the Coterie Theatre was named one of the five best theaters for young audiences by Time magazine. This could be a great place to consider moving to, buying real estate in and making relocation.
Also of note is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, it is the future home of the Kansas City Symphony, whose current music director and lead conductor is the world-renowned Michael Stern. The Kansas City Lyric Opera is one of the nation`s premier regional opera companies. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is due to reopen in 2009 after extensive renovations. Moving to Kansas City has many exciting possibilities as relocation. You should consider moving here and buying some Kansas City real estate just for arts sake.
Although Kansas City straddles two states and at times things can get vicious like during football and basketball season (oh yeah, state your favorite team and I’m sure a battle will follow), Kansas City is known for its great hospitality. People who transfer from here really miss it. Kansas City is also know for jazz music, rich history, being the BBQ capital of the World, Parks and Boulevard System and great suburban schools.
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If, on the other hand, you have drawn the lucky straw and will be relocating to Kansas City, the Kansas City Real Estate Network would be happy to help you find the perfect neighborhood to enjoy our great city. Need assistance, feel free to view our For Buyers Page.
Kansas City knows how to entertain visitors. The following are a few of Kansas City’s featured attractions: Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun; Kansas City Zoo and IMAX Theatre, which are located in Swope Park; Kansas City Renaissance Festival; Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs); Kauffman Stadium (home of the Kansas City Royals); Union Station; Kansas Speedway; Truman Library; and the Country Club Plaza
In addition, the Country Club Plaza lighting ceremony is a tradition that occurs every Thanksgiving Evening; and The Kansas City St. Patrick`s Day parade, which is one of the largest St. Patrick`s Day parades in America. The thought of moving to Kansas City is exciting, with so much to do once you’re there. It would make a great point of relocation.
Museums and the Arts
Great museums in Kansas City include the following: the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Charlie Parker Memorial, the Arabia Steamboat Museum in the historic River Market, Hall Visitors Center, Crossroads Arts District, the National Archives, the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Kansas City Museum, which is located in a renovated 1910 mansion. There is also the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum located in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Mo.
Paris is the only city in the world that has more boulevards and avenues than does Kansas City. In addition, if you adore fountains then Kansas City is the urban real estate for you because it has more fountains than any other city, except Rome. If you love fountains, Kansas City could be a moving experience and a terrific place for relocation.
Kansas City Steaks
During the heyday of the Kansas City Stockyards, Kansas City was known for its famed Kansas City Strip cut of steak, which is largely identical to the New York Strip steaks. The most famous of the steakhouses in Kansas City is the Golden Ox in the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange. This is in the stockyards in the West Bottoms. Just think, moving to Kansas City might mean you’ll be able to have steak every night. Other steak restaurants that you should checkout are Jess and Jims in Martin City, Benton’s Prime Steakhouse on top of Crown Center and the plaza’s Plaza III or Houston’s.
If you love steaks, you have found your place to live. Kansas City ranks #1 in steaks.
Kansas City Style barbecue
How can we forget what Kansas City is really know for, barbeque or as Kansas Citian’s pronounce it, BBQ. Kansas City is known as the “World Capital of BBQ”. With more than 90 barbecue restaurants in the Kansas City metropolitan area, every Kansas Citian has their favorite. In nearly every conversation you will hear Oklahoma Joes, Gates, Jack Stack Barbeque and Arthur Bryant’s. If you love barbeque and I mean true BBQ then moving to Kansas City is a good relocation decision.
If you love BBQ, Kansas City is the place to be. Once your here, you will need to get setup with a smoker and grill.
As mentioned before, Kansas City lies almost in the exact geographic center of the continental United States, on the second largest river in the country, the Missouri River and the Kansas River. This means the air can get very humid with moderate precipitation and extremes of hot and cold. Summers can be seriously humid, with moist air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. During July and August, daytime highs can reach into the triple digits. Winters vary from mild days to bitterly cold, with lows dropping into the teens or below zero. Spring and autumn are usually pleasant. This is the kind of climate worth moving into the area for. This weather proves to be desirable to those considering relocation.
Although, Kansas City lies in Tornado Alley, 90% of the residents have never seen a tornado. Tornadoes very rarely hit the metropolitan area and if they do, you’ll find that the tornado proof homes will provide above average protection.
A true Kansas Citian will tell you that if you don’t like the weather, stay for a while. The weather can change on a dime and even has large fluctuations within a day and within the Metro area.
Greater Kansas City is headquarters to four Fortune 500 companies: H&R Block, Embarq Corporation, Sprint Nextel Corporation, and YRC Worldwide, Inc. It also has five additional Fortune 1000 corporations: Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Great Plains Energy, Aquila, Inc., AMC Theatres, and DST Systems. Hallmark Cards `s gross revenues certainly would qualify it for both lists, but it cannot be included because the Hall family privately owns it. This is certainly some very valuable real estate. Other companies of significant importance in Kansas City are Garmin, Applebee’s, Cerner and HNTB Corporation.
Sports are big in Kansas City. Just think about the importance and excitement of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals as well as the Kansas Speedway. If you love sports this just might be the best place for relocation.
Moving and Relocation
Now if you decide Kansas City is right for you or you would like additional information in order to help in your decision making process feel free to contact us. We would like to help you find your new neighbors here in Kansas City.