Located on the western side of Missouri near the junction of the Missouri and the Kansas River, Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri and the 36th largest city in the United States by population. The name ‘Kansas’ came from the heritage of the Native American, a territory of Kansa or Kaw. It’s a beautiful city with amazing rolling hills and incredible landscape. There are whites, African-American, people of ethnic communities, Hispanics, and Asians living in the city. The people talk in a neutral American accent while some of the rural people speak in a native accent. It has a flat landscape with a lot of fields and feeds yards. Many natives use the large lands to cultivate agriculture and cattle. As opposed to eastern Kansas, the western Kansas has a very dry temperature but the climate is interchangeable with humid continental climate because of about 104 air frosts per annum. Located in the center of North America, Kansas City withstands extreme hot and cold swings throughout the year. During the summer, it is very hot and humidity increases to very high level and during winter the temperature remains low from 0.0 °C to -18 °C.
The city was founded during the 1830s when the Missouri River port at its junction with the Kansas River approaching from the west. The town of Kansas was integrated on 1st of June, 1850, right after the Kansas Territory formation. During the 19th century, François Chouteau, a French merchant came to the city from St. Louis to build a trading post for furs with the Native Americans. The city played an important role in the expansion of the United States. During the American Civil War, Kansas petitioned the United States to become a part of the Union as a free state where slavery will be abolished under the doctrine of popular sovereignty and it was successful. After the Civil war ended, the population of the city increased and by the beginning of the 20th century, Kansas City was the 22nd largest city in the United States by population. Political machines came into power during the early 1900s such as Tom Pendergast who built several structures and building all over the city including Jackson County Courthouse and Kansas City City Hall. After World War II, the city developed its suburban area with a streetcar system. Pendleton heights and Quality Hill were among the first suburbs in the city. By 1950, the were 12.2 per cent of African Americans in the city and right after the assassination of the Martin Luther King, the city incorporated the idea of the ‘American Dream’. By 2015, there are 441,545 people living in the Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City, Missouri is one of the most influential and commercial regions in the United States. The city is home to the third largest beef manufacturing industry and the second largest rail network. The city has various business firms, factories, international trade zone, manufacturing plants and much more. Kansas City is the hub for manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and warehousing. It is the largest employer of utilities, transportation and trade followed with government jobs, business services, and educational and health services. Top companies such as Sprint and Ford Motor Company employs more than 5000 workers in the companies. Other top companies include H&R Rock, Wausau Supply. Federal Express, Procter & Gamble and much more.
At the moment, the City Council has developed the area with the regional affiliation of government, chamber of commerce, economic development, and business. All the business firms in Kansas City are eligible for various impetus programs, offer direct cost reductions and decrease the yearly annual costs. Kansas City has more than 300 motor freight along with the largest truckload carrier in the United States, Yellow Corp. The city has developed various structures that include H&R Block headquarters, a Metropolitan Performing Arts Center, a Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, and Sprint Center, a $250 million sports arena, and a new bus rapid transit system called the Metro Area Express (MAX).
Kansas City has a rising job market with the very low unemployment rate. Healthcare and education are the largest and the leading industries in the city with more than 6000 employees working in these fields. Hospitals such as Hospital Corporation of America, Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy and St. Luke's Hospital offers plenty of job opportunities. While Hallmark Cards and Ford Motor Company has been the next on the list to provides more than 3000 jobs every year.
Other popular jobs include in different fields such as administrative office, marketing, sales, customer service, management and much more. Last year there was a total of over 15,000 job openings – about 1200 in healthcare clinics and hospitals, 250 in banking, 300 in hotels, 400 in food and beverage companies, 300 in universities and colleges and much more.
Currently, the financial services offer more than 4000 jobs every year along with that trade and transportation provides 3500 jobs annually. It has been seen that every year there is an increase of about 3.5 per cent in the employment rate. The city has contributed to the growth of the business and management companies. JE Dunn Construction, a company that believes in ‘Pillars of Excellence’, has employed more than 2500 people in the company in different sections and give on- the- job training, internal programs, tuition reimbursement and much more. It is a great company where it values its worker and invests in creating a good working relationship. Cerner Corp. is known to provide health care to the community. It is a health information technology company that works to make a difference to the community. It is one of the most innovative healthcare company in the United States.
Cost of Living
The residents of Kansas City enjoys a reasonable cost of living. The average cost of housing per month is around $300 to $600 including utilities such as gas, electricity, and water. Unfurnished apartments cost less than furnished apartments. The food in Kansas is pretty reasonable but it also depends on your choice of taste. For a single person, the average cost of food per month is around $150 per month while fast food cost $5 to $10 per meals. Transportation is really affordable in the Kansas City where metro buses take anywhere in the city for only $3 each day and monthly passes are also available for $50.
Exciting things about the city
With a population of two million people, Kansas City is home to imagination, arts and culture and innovation. There is always something unique in Kansas City. One can enjoy creative arts, entertainment, and sports in this beautiful and amazing city. Kansas City has more than 200 urban parks, 10 community centers, over 100 tennis courts, 5 museums and 30 pools. Swope Park which is the largest city park in the country is twice the size of the Central Park at New York and includes a zoo, two golf courses, a woodland nature and wildlife rescue center, an amphitheater, and various picnic grounds. The Hodge Park is more of a village that includes about 25 historical buildings that date from 1807 to 1885.
Kansas City is also known as the ‘City of Fountains’ as there are more than 200 water features all around the city. The city also enjoys music mostly in the form of jazz. 18th & Vine Historic District and the City Market is one of the popular places to enjoy jazz. The other attractions include the Kansas City zoo, river boating, Arabia Steamboat Museum and the Science City at Union Station. There are many landmarks to visit such as the Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts, the Sprint center, and the Kansas City Power & Light District.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
It is a public research university founded in 1929 and the first classes of the university began with only 17 faculty members and 265 students. In the year of 1936, 80 students first graduated from the university. Currently, there are 16,699 students in the university that consist of 50 per cent of undergraduate students, 33 per cent of graduate students and 17 per cent of dual enrolled high school students. There are students from all over the states of United States and of over 150 countries. The university embraces students from a broad spectrum of diversity that includes age, gender, nationality, culture, disability, religion, socio economic, family structure and much more. The University of Kansas City aims to be the driver of excellence in both learning and teaching.
It is one of the first Jesuit university in the Kansas City and the curriculum includes seven liberal arts – artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, theological, scientific relational and scientific causal. Every year it has been in the top ten list of regional universities in the Midwest of United States. The university is committed to providing academic excellence and service to the society. Currently, there are more than 3000 students that consist of 2000 undergraduate students and over 1000 graduate students. The tuition fee for undergraduate student per semester is $17,440 and the university also has 5 residential halls with options of double and single occupancy. Rockhurst University is 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is a fine example of what Jesuit education has to offer.
Avila University provides an ever-changing life to its students. With fully potential faculty and staff members, the university aims to provide undivided attention, an active teaching and learning experience and extracurricular activities to the students. Avila University teaches and inspires the students to make them responsible and contribute to the global community. The university offers undergraduate degrees in 36 majors and master degree which includes Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology/Art Therapy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Development, and Master of Arts in Education. It has a total of more than 2200 students with 1200 undergraduate students and around 800 graduate students. The university also provides various scholarships, financial aids, and loans to the students.
Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute provides a meticulous, diverse curriculum and an alluring studio for its students who are passionate about art. The institute provides an excellent learning experience with artistic tools and resources. The Kansas City Art Institute has the most awe-inspiring and the best campus than any art and design school in the United States. The faculty and staff provide all the tools needs for handcrafts such as woodworking shop, individual studios, digital production, the state-of-the-art studio which also includes 3D printers and CNC routers. Founded in 1885, the institute has associated with notable names such as Walt Disney who used to attend Saturday classes when he was a child, Thomas Hart Benton taught at the university from 1935 to 1941, Robber Morris studies sculptor and conceptual art and, Nick Cave is also a recent graduate from the institute. The tuition fee per semester is $18,700 and provides on-campus housing that costs around $10,000 per year. The institute also provides various scholarships, loans, and grants to the students.
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is one of the leading colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. The university is the second-largest provider of physicians in the state if Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Biosciences comprises of over 1200 students. There are more than 7000 alumni all over the country with 58 per cent of them working in primary care and 19 per cent working in rural care. The university provides the students an excellent learning and teaching experience osteopathic medicine, the biosciences, bioethics and the health professions. The university values integrity, innovation, compassion, and intellectual curiosity above all. The university prepares the students to provide the highest level of professionalism, values, and service to the society. The university provides scholarships and loans to the students.