Raytown Real Estate Information

Ideally situated about 12 miles southeast of Kansas City, the city of Raytown, Missouri, is a quaint and friendly suburb. It lies just east of Interstate 435 in Jackson County, and the city takes up an area of almost 10 square miles, most of it land. In 2006, special measures estimated the population to be just about at 30,000, and the annual median household income for residents in the city is around $42,000.

Raytown was first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century as travelers past through it along the Santa Fe and Oregon trails on their journey out west. The area was officially added to the state of Missouri in 1826. The city gets its name from a blacksmith’s shop in town along the Santa Fe trail. It was run by a man named William Ray, and the area around it became to be known as Ray’s Town, which eventually evolved to today’s Raytown.

Raytown is the 20th largest city in Missouri, and is currently undergoing a stretch of redevelopment along the Highway 350 corridor, where new businesses, entertainment, retail and dining options will be constructed. The schools in Raytown are operated by the Raytown Quality Schools district, which serves a 32-mile radius area and includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

Attractions in Raytown include historic sites like the Rice-Tremonti Home, which was built along the Santa Fe trail in 1844 and still stands today, Wildwood Lakes, the Super Splash USA water park and the city’s several parks, like Sarah Colman-Livengood Park, Little Blue Trace Park and C. Lee Kenagy Park. Businesses such as KCP&L, GE Energy, USA 800, Inc., and Ken-A-Vision Manufacturing Co., Inc. have sizable operations in Raytown and there are more than 60 churches of all denominations offering worship options to residents.