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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
$135,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$826
National
$949
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.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,146
    283
  • Murder
    27
    6
  • Rape
    77
    41
  • Robbery
    397
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    996
    500
  • Theft
    2,535
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    826
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,489
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Kansas City Reviews

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Kansas City is where I have lived almost my whole life. It is mostly suburbs, however downtown Kansas City is very much a city. This is the perfect place for those who want a place to have a family, but still want a mix of lifestyle. There is so much diversity here, and it is very much impacted by the arts. Majority of our school districts are awesome as well. It is a very affordable place to live as well. I will say that the crime rate in Kansas City is higher in certain areas. Overall, Kansas City is a good place to live if you're looking to raise a family, while having the opportunity to experience the city, the suburbs, and the country! We also have some pretty amazing BBQ, and we are home of the KC Royals!
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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.
I came here 2 years ago from Jacksonville, NC after medically separating from the Marine Corps. Overall, it is a beautiful state with great resources! We have received some of the best healthcare here versus other states and made some lifelong friends in a very short time. Here in the Midwest, living is a little slower-paced than where I am from on the East Coast, and I have no complaints about that!