Best Kansas City Neighborhoods
- Downtown, made up of the urban core and the Entertainment District, was called one of the country's best downtown areas by Forbes Magazine.
- Crossroads, a historic neighborhood along Baltimore Ave and 19th St., is one of the five largest art districts in the nation.
- 18th and Vine, another historic district to the east of downtown, is KC's hub of African-American culture and one of the areas where jazz music originated.
- Brookside, the first commercial area in Kansas City, is a metro area filled with hipsters, students, and artists en masse.
- Northland, located north of downtown, is a rapidly-growing center of white-collar workers and growing families.
- Country Club Plaza, about four miles south of downtown, is the chief upscale neighborhood of Kansas City.
- River Market, the oldest incorporated neighborhood in Kansas City, is a largely tourism-and-business area, though there are many warehouses that have been renovated into lofts as well.
- Crown Center, close to downtown, is a center of high-end businesses including luxury hotels, condominiums, and apartments.
- Armour Hills, in the south of the city, is an extraordinarily eclectic residential neighborhood filled with hundreds of unique and different houses.
Cost of Living in Kansas City
Living in Kansas City is inexpensive, costing on average about 6.5% less than the US norm. Kansas City apartments are even better, with rent here running about $100/month below the national average. On the downside, the average commute time is above the national average at 23 minutes, which means transportation costs can have a greater impact on your monthly expenses.
The Climate of KC
Like most of the inland US, temperatures vary widely between summer -- which regularly breaks 90 and averages around 78 -- and winter, which can reach the negative numbers and averages about 26.
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