A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$806
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Kansas City Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    957
    273
  • Murder
    23
    6
  • Rape
    77
    41
  • Robbery
    360
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,029
    525
  • Theft
    2,588
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    825
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,821
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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I moved to Kansas City 2 and a half years ago from a smaller city in the Midwest. Some of the highlights to KCMO include excellent food (not just BBQ!) and a lot of performances in the arts (thanks to the large nonprofit network). Be sure to check out the Nelson Atkins and WWI museums! One of the newest additions to Kansas City is the free streetcar that you can ride from Union Station/Crown Center north through the Crossroads and Downtown areas to the River Market which overlooks the Missouri River. Beyond that, the bus system can be unreliable and doesn't service the needs of the city exceptionally well. Like many large metro areas, Kansas City suffers from a lot of sprawl, so if you aim to visit outside of the heart of KCMO, you'll need to rent a car and travel via interstate/highway. However, I personally believe the best spots in Kansas City are all reachable by bus, streetcar, or a friendly Uber.
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I love Kansas City. It's small enough to where you don't have to travel for long periods of time to go anywhere, but big enough that you don't run into everyone you know on your trip to the grocery store. I moved here when I was 18 and this place has felt more like home to me than where I actually grew up. They have an amazing blues scene, which I love because I'm a music fanatic. I've met such nice people here. There is actually quite a bit to do here in town and the Kansas state line is really close so you also have options in Kansas. One thing that I would like to see change is our public transportation system. If you like sports, you can go watch the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium or the Royals at Kauffman Stadium (the K). The Kansas City Zoo is really nice, Worlds of Fun is an amusement park that also has a water park, and BB's Lawnside BBQ and Knuckleheads are my favorite spots to go listen to music. Overall, I love Kansas City!
I live in Kansas City Missouri. It's a great place to live; it's friendly and a fun place to be. You have different places to visit and enjoy yourself. People say hi to you out of no where. You have plenty of movies and entertainment in Kansas City. It may not be as much as other cities, but it's enough. However, right now, they doing construction work right now and they making our city look better and fixing the pluming system. Another great thing about Kansas City is that, we don't have earthquakes and tornados like other states. May have little quakes and tornado warnings, but it's less likely for Kansas City to have them. That's one of the best thing about living in Kansas City. I love Kansas City!