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Everything You Want To Know Before Buying A House In Kansas City, Kansas

Ranked as one of the top 50 best places to live in the USA, Kansas City has so much going for it. From great job opportunities in a number of different industries, to fantastic schools, to some of the best art, culture and entertainment in the country.

History

History

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The area around the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers was originally thought to be a good place for settlements. The area saw many settlers from Europe, including the French, the Spanish and the British. In 1763, the Spanish claimed the region, and under the Treaty of Paris, they allowed the French to pursue their fur trade under license. In 1834, Westport Landing was founded as a landing point on the Missouri River bend. A few years later in 1838, fourteen investors purchased the land, dividing it in 1849 and later selling it in 1846. In 1850, the Town of Kansas was incorporated on that land and the scene was set for the town’s future strategic importance with three major trails passing through the area – Santa Fe, California, and Oregon. The City of Kansas was established on February 22, 1853. Due to its location, Kansas City and its surrounding area saw plenty of military action during the Civil War. However, this helped the city to prosper rather quickly leading to its growth. As the population grew dramatically, in 1889 it officially became known as Kansas City, with Westport becoming part of it in 1897. Over the past 20 years, $6 billion has been spent improving and redeveloping downtown Kansas City.

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Things to do in Kansas City

Things to do in Kansas City

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Every Saturday and Sunday at Overland Park you will find the region’s largest all-year-round farmers market. With more than 140 stalls of items freshly grown, made, baked, or preserved, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a shop and a stroll through Kansas City’s premier retail center, the Country Club Plaza. Sitting on 15 city blocks of Spanish-inspired architecture mixed in with water fountains, there are plenty of great shops, designer brands and fantastic restaurants to look forward to.

Crown Center is another shopping center selling absolutely everything you will ever need. Here you will also find the city’s first aquarium and a LEGO experience for children. There is also a Hallmark-run creativity section where children can let their imagination run wild while making artwork.

Another great way to spend the day out is with a visit to the Kansas City Zoo, the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. The T-Mobile Center also hosts some fun events, which is one reason why it is one of the country’s busiest arenas attracting both national and international acts.

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Location

When the glaciers melted and drained, the Kansas and Missouri rivers cut wide valleys into the terrain. The city is shaped somewhat like a bowl because of this. The city is bounded north and south by limestone and bedrock cliffs, and the city covers approximately 319 square miles. Kansas City Neighborhoods Brookside Brookside is known as “the small town in a big city.” This neighborhood is attractive with plenty of great shops and restaurants, and is famous for being the first “suburban” shopping area in Kansas City. The neighborhood is enjoyed by both young professionals and families due to its proximity to the city without actually being in the city. Overland Park This large town is located only 20 minutes from downtown Kansas and offers a quiet lifestyle in the suburbs, but with plenty of local amenities at your doorstep. Ideal for couples or young families alike, the neighborhood is a safe place to raise a family with plenty of things to do, trails to meander, parks to visit, restaurants to eat out in, and of course, shop amongst the great facilities. River Market River Market is a downtown neighborhood that offers an urban lifestyle with a city atmosphere. While the majority of the residents are working professionals in their 20s and 30s, there are many families who live here, as well as retirees. The neighborhood is known for some quality built houses and it hosts the region’s largest Farmer’s Market on weekends. Volker Volker is a diverse neighborhood which is favored by creatives and young professionals. Full of great shopping, restaurants and outdoor parks, it offers wonderful shopping, great food and many outdoor parks. Although it would seem this midtown neighborhood is laid-back, it is a busy center during the day and has an even busier nightlife. Waldo Not far from the city center is the community of Waldo. If you plan to buy a house in Kansas, this particular neighborhood is worth looking into. Perfect for those looking to downsize or searching for their first home, there is plenty to do including biking and walking. Plus, there are many locally-owned shops, boutiques, coffee shops and day spas.

Kansas City demographics

Kansas City demographics

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Kansas City is the largest city in Kansas with a population of 505,272, and is the 38th largest city in the country. It spreads over 15 counties in Kansas and Missouri and has the second largest rail network in the USA. The average household income in Kansas City is $75,137 and the median age is 35.1 years, being 35.9 years for females and 34.4 years for males.

There are lots of different ethnic groups in Kansas City. In fact, Kansas City has the second largest Sudanese population in all of the United States. There is also a large Hispanic and Latino community that comes from Mexico and Central America. Kansas City also has a large Irish-American community with the famous Browne's Irish Market, plus many Irish-orientated bookstores and newspapers.

The racial composition of Kansas City is White 60.90%, African American 28.21%, other race 4.00%, mixed races: 3.58%, Asian 2.74%, Native American 0.38% and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.18%.

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Arts in Kansas City

Arts in Kansas City

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Kansas City is famous for some of the best jazz in the country and even has its own Jazz District. You can check out the American Jazz Museum and watch live performances at one of the many jazz clubs in the city.

Crossroads Arts District is full of warehouses that have been converted to galleries, shops and venues. You can find art, and even street art, everywhere in Kansas City with its over 70 shops, galleries and showrooms.

For live music and theater fans, there’s the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts which hosts many performances throughout the district.

There is also the Kansas City Power and Light District Theater and the Alamo Drafthouse cinema where you can enjoy food and drinks during movies. The P&L, as it is referred to by locals, has in excess of 50 bars, restaurants and shops. You will also find many displays and street events during the warmer months, and throughout the year the covered courtyard sees over 130 free events staged.

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Schools in Kansas City

Schools in Kansas City

There are plenty of great reasons to buy a house in Kansas City, and schools are one of them. There are 282 preschools, 186 elementary schools, 89 middle schools, 62 high schools, 119 public district schools, 42 public charter schools and 263 private schools in Kansas City. The top-scoring elementary schools measured against national educational measures out of a score of ten are Bell Prairie Elementary School (8) with 695 students, Clardy Elementary School (8) with 480 and Shoal Creek Elementary School (8) with 913 students. The top-scoring middle schools are Ewing Marion Kauffman School (7) with 785 students, New Mark Middle School (7) with 833 students and University Academy-Middle (7) with 255 students.

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Why Kansas City?

Why Kansas City?

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Other than being considered one of the top “50 Best Places to Live in the US,” Kansas City has so much going for it. From fantastic job opportunities in almost every industry, the city also offers top education, great art and culture, and some of the best entertainment in the country. So, if you are looking to buy a house in Kansas, you definitely need to consider Kansas City.

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