Kansas City Demographics and Real Estate Info
Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. In the US, it is ranked #37 by population and #23 largest by area. It is the hub of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, which includes cities and towns on both sides of the Stateline.
Kansas City Missouri or KCMO was incorporated in 1853 as the territory straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas. With its proximity to several rivers and rich abundance of resources, Kansas City was a natural place to build a thriving city.
The first documented European visitor to the area was a fur trader named Etienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont. He was the first European to explore the lower Missouri River. He and his Native American wife lived in a village near today’s Brunswick, Missouri.
With the 1763 Treaty of Paris, the Spanish took over the region. The French continued their fur trading business while paying taxes to the Spanish.
The Louisiana Purchase of 1804 and the need for a fort further developed the area. In 1831, a group of Mormons from New York established the first school in the area.
By 1834, West Port (AKA Westport) served as a vital link in the Santa Fe Trail and pioneers’ westward expansion.
The American Civil war and the resulting border disputes meant that Kansas City was a hotbed of fighting and raids from Missouri and Kansas. After the Civil War, cities on both sides of the Stateline grew tremendously. The mutual success of Kansas City, MO directly dovetailed with the success of Kansas’s cities such as Leavenworth, and Lawrence. The population in the region flourished making KC the 22nd largest city in the US by 1900.
Kansas City has developed a reputation for many things including its rich contribution to musical styles such as jazz and blues. It is also famous for its distinct KC style barbecue.
Kansas City is only second to Rome in its number of statues and fountains. Also, second to Paris for its boulevards.
Famous Kansas City People
There are hundreds of famous Kansas City people. A few contemporary examples include:
- Walt Disney
- Ed Asner
- Don Cheadle
- Dianne Wiest
- Chris Cooper
- Burt Bacharach
- Jean Harlow
- John Quade
- Mark Mallouk
Kansas City Landmarks and Attractions
Kansas City is famous for:
- National WWI Museum
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Steamboat Arabia
- Kauffman Stadium
- Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
- Starlight Theatre
- Country Club Plaza
- Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
- Union Station
- Science City
- Arrowhead Stadium
- Fountains & Statues
- Loose Park Rose Garden
- City Market
- Midland Theatre
- KC Zoo
- Kansas City Symphony
- National Museum of Toys & Miniatures
- Population – 148,573, Down 3% since 2000
- Average Income – $66,281 Per Year
- Average age – 37 years
- Gender– 47% Male, 53% Female
- Households– 63,0884, 29% with children
- Average Home Values – $153,602
- Pembroke Hill School
- Global Montessori Academy
- Summit Christian Academy
- The Highlands School
- Academy Montessori Internationale
- Lee’s Summit Baptist Temple School
- Holly Cross Catholic School
- Kansas City Academy
- Islamic School of Greater Kansas City
- Archbishop O’Hara High School
- Barstow Academy
- Notre Dame de Sion
- Rockhurst High School
- Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
South Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Public Schools was organized in 1867 and originally served 2,150 children. Today, the school system educates nearly 16,700 children and employs nearly 2,300 teachers and administrators. The urban school system offers a rich multi-ethnic, multi-cultural mix of students throughout the city.
There are also dozens of great private schools in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Some of these include: