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Best Cities 2010: Kansas City, MO

City: Kansas City

State: Missouri

Best Cities Overall Rank: 68

About Kansas City:

Kansas City is home to the Country Club Plaza, a 14-square-block outdoor shopping area located in the heart of downtown and designed to resemble romantic Spanish architecture. Try catching a Royals baseball game or a Chiefs football game to experience the true KC sports fan. 

Kansas City has 23 NAEYC-accredited preschools, 11,882 acres of parkland, and about a 21 minute average commute for workers.

County: Jackson

Population: 451,572

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Kansas City Star 

Kansas City blogs:


Greetings from Waldo

Moxie Mama

Kansas City's Facebook page: Follow Kansas City on Facebook 

Kansas City's Twitter page: Follow Kansas City on Twitter 


Education rank: 23

High School graduation rate 2008: 66%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.22

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 23

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.09

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 12.7

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,486


Health rank: 31

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.22

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.22

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 97

Violent Crimes, 2008: 6,269

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,388.26

Sex Offenders: 1745

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 386.43


Economy rank: 43           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.2 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.09           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 758.43

Median Home List Price: $139,000                          


Recreation Rank: 11

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 11,882           

Parkland per 100,000: 2,631.25