Living in Kansas City
It's known as the Heart of America, the City of Fountains, the Paris of the Plains, or simply--KC. Welcome to Kansas City, Missouri, a city overflowing with history, culture, and even one of America's largest public farmer's markets. Established as a fur trading post in 1821, Kansas City was a gateway to the West for those traveling the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe trails. Because of its central location, Kansas City's chief occupations are still primarily in the distribution and manufacturing industries.
Today, the city remains an important waystation. As the nation's most centrally-located big city, Kansas City can get you almost anywhere you want to go--north or south, east or west. Amtrak trains buzz in and out of KC's historic Union Station day and night, taking passengers to St. Louis, Chicago, and even all the way to L.A.
Renting an Apartment in Kansas City
Kansas City remains one of the most affordable major cities in the American midwest for apartment renters. In fact, the cost of living is approximately 6.5% below the national average. The average rental rate within Kansas City is $957 (July 2016). One bedroom units rent for an average monthly rate of $828 and two bedroom apartments rent for about $1,041 per month.
The most affordable neighborhoods for apartment dwellers include Legacy East, Ashland Ridge, and Eastwood Hill East. And the priciest areas for renters? Plaza Westport, South Plaza, and Crown Center.
While the city does have an abundance of cows and cornfields, the population is more diverse than you might imagine. Kansas City has two "Little Italy" neighborhoods, in Columbus Part and in North East, and one of the area's oldest Hispanic neighborhoods, Argentine. But no matter where you choose to rent an apartment in Kansas City, you won't have to worry about finding a great public school for your kids. KC has some of the best public schools in the country.
The city also boasts several historically significant neighborhoods, including the 18th and Vine District (a cradle for jazz), Country Club Plaza (the home of Spanish-style architecture and luxury shops), and Battle of Westport (a neighborhood of the same name in which the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi was fought).
Moving to Kansas City
Kansas City is a great place to call home. You'll enjoy one of the least congested and well-maintained infrastructures in the nation, a great calendar of events, one-of-a-kind BBQ, and direct airport access, not to mention all four seasons!
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