Kansas City Communities Real Estate Information

The Kansas City region is a fifteen-county metropolitan area near the borders of Kansas and Missouri. The area is estimated to have a population of more than 2 million residents and is the second largest area in Missouri (after St. Louis) and the largest in Kansas. Besides being home to the main city, it is also home to large suburbs in the area such as Independence (in Missouri), Overland Park and Olathe in Kansas, each of which have their own populations of more than 100,000. Other large cities include Shawnee, Lee’s Summit, Liberty and Gladstone.

The area is largely subdivided into sections, including: Northland, the area north of the Missouri River; Midtown, the area south of the downtown area; South Kansas City, which includes Lee’s Summit, Grandview and Belton; the East Side, which includes Independence, Blue Springs and Raytown; Johnson County, Kansas, which is home to the largest suburbs in the Kansas portion of the region; and Wyandotte, another area in Kansas that is home to some smaller suburbs like Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

The area is home to such education institutions as the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute, Rockhurst University, Avila University, Park University, Metropolitan Community College and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. The city’s largest employer is Sprint Nextel, which has its international headquarters in Overland Park. Other large employers include AT&T, Asurion, Citigroup, Embarq, Hallmark Cards, Honeywell and Ford Motor.

It is home to three professional sports teams: the Chiefs football team, the Royals baseball and the Wizards soccer team, as well as the NASCAR Kansas Speedway . The area has its own international airport in Kansas City and has an extensive systems of buses connecting cities and towns in the region. The area also has more highway lane miles per capita than any other metropolitan area in America, making it a hub for transportation and industry.