Kansas City, City of Fountains

They often say that Kansas City sits in the heart of America. This is because it is located almost directly in the middle of the United States. But even though it’s right in the middle of the country, there’s a good chance that you don’t know much about it. So here is some information for you about this great city.

General Information

  1. The Kansas City metropolitan area is often referred to by its initials: KC.
  2. It is a 15-county metropolitan area that straddles Missouri and Kansas.
    1. State Line Road runs the north-south border until you get south of 135th street, so you can stand in 2 states at once.
  3. The metropolitan area is roughly an area of 7,952 square miles (12,798 km²).
  4. It has a population of 2.34 million people, which means its density is 260 people per square mile (100/km²).
  5. It is the second largest metropolitan are in Missouri (after St. Louis).
  6. Some of its cities in Missouri include:
    1. Kansas City (Missouri) (KCMO)
    2. Independence
    3. Lee’s Summit
    4.  Blue Springs
    5. Liberty
    6. Raytown
  7. Some of its cities in Kansas include:
    1. Overland Park
    2. Kansas City (Kansas) (KCK)
    3. Olathe
    4. Shawnee
    5. Lenexa
    6. Leavenworth
  8. Kansas City weather can be unpredictable. There’s a saying: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. In KC, we have all 4 seasons, although summer and winter are the longest.
    1. Average annual temperature is 53.4*F
    2. Average annual rainfall: 34 inches.
    3. Since 1981, Kansas City has averaged about 19 inches (50 cm) of snow per winter season. The most snowfall ever was in 1911-12, when we got 67 inches (1.7 m). The least was 2011-12: a mere 3.9 inches (4 cm).
    4. January is considered the coldest month of the year, with an average low of 21*F (-6*C) and an average high of 38*F (3*C). The record low was 14*F (-25.6*C) in 1982. The coldest day on record was -19*F (-28.3*C) in 1989.
    5. July and August are the hottest months of the year, with an average low of 72*F (22*C) and an average high of 90*F (32*C). The hottest day on record was 112*F (44.4*C) in 1954. The days feel even hotter because of the humidity. In June and July, it averages 65%, which makes it feel even hotter.
    6. The hottest Kansas City summer on record was in 1934, with an average temperature of 84.9 *F (29.4*C)degrees.
  9. The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) (http://www.flykci.com/) is located on the north side of the city and is about 30 minutes from UMKC. It’s 3’letter designation is not KCI because:
    1. K’s and W’s are reserved as prefixes for broadcast station call letters.
    2. The original name was going to be Mid-Continent International airport.
  10. It is only about a 3-hour flight from the East or West Coast.
  11. KC is one of the top 10 cities where people live a balanced life style.
  12. KC is one of the top tech spots in the US, and has the best pay for women in tech jobs.
  13. KC is one of the best places in the US to have a high-paying job and a low cost of living. Only Oklahoma City is better.
  14. UMKC students are able to use city transportation for free. Click here to learn more about KC’s transportation.
  15. Kansas City loves its sports teams. It is home to a number of professional and semi-professional sports teams, including baseball, football (soccer), American football, hockey and a NASCAR race track. Click here to find out more about sports in Kansas City. KC is also known as the College Basketball Capital of America. Tournaments each March include postseason play for the Big 12 Conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
  16. Traveler Magazine listed KC as one of the best small cities in the US.
  17. The City of Kansas City, Missouri, has 220 parks, 134 miles of trails and bikeways, 29 lakes, 103 playgrounds and 119 monuments.
    1. Most of Kansas City’s museums are in Missouri. Click here to find out more about KC’s museums.
    2. Kansas City has many music and entertainment venues throughout the city. Click here for more information.
    3. There are 9 outdoor markets which feature local farming goods throughout the city.
    4. The historic City Market has been one of the largest and most enduring public farmers’ markets in the Midwest, since its inception in 1857. Rain or shine, the City Market offers a farmers market every Saturday and Sunday year-round.



More Information

Wikipedia entry on the Kansas City Metropolitan Area

KC History, courtesy of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library

USA Today’s List for Exploring Kansas City

Kansas City Star‘s list of Fifty Things Every Kansas Citian Should Know