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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C
Smithville is a suburb of Kansas City with a population of 9,274. Smithville is in Clay County. Living in Smithville offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Smithville there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Smithville and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Smithville are above average.
About Smithville...
Population
9,274

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$176,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$883
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Smithville Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    49.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    30
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    149.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,138.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    239.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Smithville

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,228
National
$55,322
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Smithville Reviews

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If you love not-too-big lake towns within 30 minutes of a major city, Smithville is for you! While the town itself doesn't have much to do, it is within 20 minutes of the Parkville area and Liberty- so within 20 minutes of anything you will ever need! It is also 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City, 20 minutes from the airport, and has a gorgeous lake! The lake isn't too busy, and no houses are on it. The school is pretty decent, and offers a lot of dual credit and AP opportunities. Lots of people own large houses and/or lots of land. There are also some average neighborhoods. Besides the lack of things actually IN Smithville, I would highly recommend it as a place to live! (If you don't mind driving 15 minutes when you need to go to any major stores besides Price Chopper)
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I was born and raised in Smithville and as I have grown I have had the privilege to watch this great town grow as well. Everybody knows everybody one way or another. If you are an outdoorsy person Smithville is definitely for you because of all the hiking and biking trails surrounding Smithville Lake. Fishing, camping, boating, kayaking are also huge in this town. I am still waiting on a really good restaurant to move in but other than that I believe the town is headed in the right direction.
Growing up in Smithville, I have grown to love the town. It is small and quaint and everyone you meet is so nice. I do wish, however that our town was more diverse, not only in its people, but in its shops, events, etc. My favorite thing about living in Smithville is our lake, which does bring much tourism in the summer, and I would like to see the tourism being acknowledged with more shops, restaurants, etc.