Kansas City Real Estate Information

The largest city in the state, Kansas City, Missouri, stretches across more than 300 square miles in swaths of Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties. It was estimated in 2009 to be home to a population of more than 475,000, with more than 2 million residents when the radius is extended into the greater metro area. The city's residents have a median household annual income of just under $40,000.

Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the Town of Kansas at the spot where the Missouri and Kansas rivers meet. It was incorporated in 1850, and served as the site of several significant Civil War battles. Kansas City is best known throughout U.S. popular culture for its distinct barbecue and its jazz music. And, with more than 200 fountains spread across its acres, the city is said to have more fountains than any city in the world except Rome. The city is arranged in a system of more than 240 neighborhoods, some of which have their own distinct histories and cultures.

Kansas City's downtown area is a three-square-mile area with plenty of entertainment and artistic ventures. The city is home to such popular sites as the nine-block The Power & Light entertainment district, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Starlight Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony, both of which perform in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City at the Folly Theater and the Kansas City Ballet. The city has four casinos and three professional sports teams -- the Chiefs football team, the Royals baseball and the Wizards soccer team. There are five golf courses, five museums, 30 pools and more than 200 parks in the city.

Kansas City is home to a number of businesses and industries, with the country's largest dairy co-op, a Federal Reserve bank, and the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: Sprint Nextel Corporation, H&R Block, Embarq Corporation, and YRC Worldwide Inc. Kansas City's Swope Park is one of the largest in the entire country, with more than 1,800 acres, eclipsing New York's Central Park by more than double. The city has an international airport, and at this time does not have any subway or light rail system in place but does have a bus system.