Greater Kansas City Profile

The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) is your single point of contact for doing business in the Kansas City region.

Our team is one of the most experienced and effective in regional economic development, ranked No. 1 in the United States in 2017 by you—the customer. We work in close coordination with our community, utility and state partners to help you find the best location within the KC region upholding all required confidentiality for our clients. 

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Climate & Environment

 Climate Normals, 2017
Average Annual Temperature  56.3°F 13.5°C
 High  January  63.0°F  17.2°C
 July 98.0°F 36.7°C
 Low  January -4.0°F  -20.0°C
 July 60.0°F 15.6°C
 Annual Precipitation 46.0 in 116.8 cm
 Annual Snowfall 4.8 in 12.2 cm
 Annual days of snowfall
 in excess of 1.0 in (2.54 cm)
3 days 
 Annual average wind speed 10.2 mph 16.4 kph
 Annual relative humidity  69.0%
Source: U.S. National Climatic Data Center, Local Climatological Data, International Airport, Kansas City, Missouri.

Corporate Openings, Expansions, Downsizings & Closings

Businesses that Opened Major Operations or
Expanded Existing Operations in the Greater Kansas City Area

Business Expansions & Openings (50+)
Company
Type of Operation Location Jobs Created Type of Action
2018
A-4 Apparel Apparel distribution Kansas City, MO 25 Opening
Cerner Corp. Healthcare information systems Kansas City, MO  600 Expansion
Convey Health Systems Healthcare technology distribution center Lenexa, KS 56 Opening
EXL Services Property and casualty insurance customer service center Lee's Summit, MO 381 Opening
Faurecia Automotive interior mfg. Blue Springs, MO 301 Opening
GEICO Insurance customer service center Lenexa, KS 500 Opening
Glass Lewis & Co.  Corporate research solutions center Kansas City, MO 51 Opening
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. Automotive aftermarket distribution Edgerton, KS 101 Opening
J.C. Penney Co. Retail distribution Lenexa, KS 400 Expansion
J.C. Penney Co. Retail distribution Lenexa, KS 900 Expansion
OptumRx Pharmaceutical customer service Overland Park, KS 234 Expansion
Overstock.com eCommerce Kansas City, KS 100 Opening
SelectQuote Insurance Services Insurance Overland Park, KS 400 Expansion
TrialCard Pharmaceutical customer service center Kansas City, MO 225 Opening
Turn5 Aftermarket automotive products eCommerce Lenexa, KS 100 Opening
Yellow Frog Graphics Custom vehicle graphics and wraps St. Joseph, MO 50 Opening
2017
Alorica, Inc. Customer service management firm St. Joseph, MO 400 Expansion
Alpha General Contracting Engineering, procurement and construction (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 50 Opening
Amazon E-commerce distribution Shawnee, KS 100 Opening
Amazon Pantry E-commerce distribution Gardner, KS 600 Opening
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Movie theater chain (Hdq.) Leawood, KS 125 Expansion
AutoAlert Automotive software communications Kansas City, MO 300 Expansion
BMS Logistics, Inc. Packaging, fulfillment, and warehousing Kansas City, MO 200 Opening
Cequent Performance Products, Inc. Automotive accessories distribution Edgerton, KS 122 Opening
Dollar Tree Retail distribution Warrensburg, MO 375 Opening
DST Systems, Inc. Data processing systems (Hdq.)  Kansas City, MO 415 Expansion
Entrematic Group AB Garage doors mfg. Shawnee, KS 60 Opening
Excelligence Learning Corp. Learning tools distribution Gardner, KS 131 Opening
Full Potential Solutions Customer service center Kansas City, MO 150 Opening
Garmin International, Inc.  Global positioning systems mfg. Olathe, KS 150 Expansion
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Motorcycle mfg. Kansas City, MO 118 Expansion
Henry Wurst, Inc. Printed products & related services (Hdq.) North Kansas City, MO 60 Expansion
Honeywell FM&T Electronic & mech. weapons components mfg. Overland Park, KS 600 Expansion
Horizon Global Corp. Towing & trailering equipment. mfg. Edgerton, KS  120 Opening
Hy-Vee Aisles Retail distribution Kansas City, MO  161  Opening 
Kubota Tractor parts distribution Edgerton, KS 109 Expansion
Orbital ATK Small Caliber System Division Ammunition mfg. Independence 200 Expansion
Spectrum Brands Retail distribution Edgerton, KS 511 Opening
Spring Venture Group Insurance rate quoting (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 225 Expansion
United Parcel Service Delivery service Edgerton, KS 400 Opening
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Government services Overland Park, KS and Lee's Summit, MO 350 Expansion
Zoom Information technology Overland Park, KS 50 Opening
2016
Advanced Draining Systems, Inc. Pipe mfg. Harrisonville, MO 75 Opening
AGL Technology Animal health monitoring systems  Olathe, KS 76 Opening
Alorica, Inc. Customer service mgmt. firm Topeka, KS 200 Expansion
Amazon E-commerce distribution Kansas City, KS 1,000 Opening 
Amazon E-commerce distribution Edgerton, KS 1,000 Opening 
American Marksman Bullet manufacturing  Independence, MO  65 Opening
AT&T Inc. Telecommunications Kansas City area 150 Expansion
CVS Pharmacy Distribution Kansas City, MO 314 Opening
Deluxe Corp. Check printing and customer service Lenexa, KS 108 Expansion
DH Pace Co. Door sales and service Olathe, KS 150 Expansion
Hallmark Cards, Inc.   Greeting cards distribution Independence, MO   100  Expansion 
Hallmark Cards, Inc. Greeting cards distribution Liberty, MO 345 Expansion
Multivac Food packaging machinery mfg. Kansas City, MO 50 Expansion
Netsmart Technologies, Inc. Behavioral health care software company (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 250 Expansion
PSI Services LLC Testing services provider Olathe, KS 100 Expansion
Renovate America Customer service center Kansas City, MO 80 Opening
Roll On Industries LLC Trucking headquarters Parkville, MO 60 Expansion 
se2 Insurance administration Topeka, KS 200 Expansion
SelectQuote Insurance Services Insurance customer service center Leawood, KS 150 Expansion
Spring Venture Group Insurance rate quoting (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 134 Expansion 
Total Quality Logistics (TQL) Third party logistics firm Kansas City, MO 100 Opening
United Parcel Service Delivery services Various Locations 150 Expansion
USA800 Telemarketing services Kansas City, MO 213 Expansion


Businesses that Closed Major Operations or 

Reduced Existing Operations in the Greater Kansas City Area

Business Closures & Reductions (50+)
Company
Type of Operation Location Jobs Lost Type of Action
2018
Digital Ally, Inc.  Technology Lenexa, KS 63 Downsizing
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Motorcycle mfg. Kansas City, MO 180 Downsizing
Hooper Holmes, Inc. Health risk assessment provider Olathe, KS 99 Closing
MB Financial, Inc. Home loan center Overland Park, KS 63 Downsizing
PGI Conferencing and collaboration solutions Olathe, KS 150 Closing
Select Specialty Hospital-Western Missouri Healthcare Kansas City, MO 105 Closing
Sprint Corp. Telecommunications (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 500 Downsizing
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Pharmaceutical mfg. Overland Park, KS 57 Downsizing
Toys R Us Retail distribution Lee's Summit, MO 300 Closing
2017
Alorica, Inc. Customer service management firm Topeka, KS  300 Closing
AT&T Call center Kansas City, MO 87 Closing
Diapers.com Diapers distribution Lenexa, KS 139 Closing
Diodes Fab Tech Inc. Semiconductor mfg. Lee's Summit, MO 225 Closing
General Motors Corp. Motor vehicle mfg. Kansas City, MO 1,000 Downsizing
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Motorcycle mfg. Kansas City, MO 97 Downsizing
Kellogg's Company Snack distribution Kansas City, MO 185 Closing
Knappco Inc. Petroleum and chemical safety equipment mfg. Riverside, MO 58 Closing
Payless ShoeSource, Inc. Retailer (Hdq.)  Topeka, KS 110 Downsizing
Sedgwick, LLP Shared services center for law firm Kansas City, MO 100 Closing
Travelport Worldwide Ltd. Airline reservation services Kansas City, MO 124 Closing 
Xceligent, Inc. Commercial real estate information Blue Springs, MO 250 Closing
YRC Worldwide, Inc. Trucking (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 180 Downsizing
2016
Compass Minerals Salt production (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 150 Downsizing
DST Systems, Inc. Data processing systems (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 150 Downsizing
H&R Block, Inc. Tax preparation and financial services (Hdq.)  Kansas City, MO 100 Downsizing
Quad/Graphics, Inc. Print and marketing solutions provider Lenexa, KS 95 Closing
Sprint Corp.  Telecommunications (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 829 / 113 Downsizing
YRC Worldwide Trucking (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 180 Downsizing

Cost of Living

Cost of Living Index

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) produces a cost of living index which is unique in measuring inter-city differences in the cost of six major components of consumer expenditures (grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services).

Metropolitan Area  Cost of Living Index, 3Q 2017 
 Atlanta, GA    99.3 
 Boston, MA 145.7
 Dallas, TX 102.0
 Denver, CO 112.1
 Kansas City, MO-KS   91.4
 Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA 147.0
 Minneapolis, MN 104.9
 Phoenix, AZ   95.1
 United States 100,0

   
Housing Affordability

Kansas City consistently rates as one of the most affordable housing markets among metropolitan areas with populations exceeding one million.

Median Sales Price, Existing Single Family Homes
Metropolitan Area
Median Sales Price
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA $204,900
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH $464,900
Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, TX $255,200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO $424,500
Kansas City, MO-KS
$201,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA $514,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $259,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ $247,300
United States
$255,600

Source: National Association of Realtors, 2Q 2017.

Tax Burdens, 2013

State and Local Tax Revenue Per Capita
KANSAS
MISSOURI
U.S.
All Taxes $4,456 $3,459 $4,599
Property Taxes 1,425 976 1,439
Sales Taxes 1,680 1,264 1,569
Individual Income Taxes             1,022 941 1,069
Corporate Income Taxes             133 75 168
State and Local Tax Revenue Per $1,000 of Personal Income
KANSAS
MISSOURI
U.S.
All Taxes $101 $86 $103

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Education

Public Elementary & Secondary Education

Greater Kansas City area residents are served by 57 public school districts, with over 400,000 students. Fifteen of these districts represent over 60 percent of area enrollments. The diverse options in education provides greater Kansas City residents with exceptional quality of life and provides an exceptional labor pool.

 Educational Attainment of Persons 25 or Older, 2017
Location High School Graduates or Higher  Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 91.5%  36.5%
United States 88.0% 32.0%

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, American Community Survey.

Institutions of Higher Learning

Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Location
Headcount Enrollment
Fall 2017
Avila University
Kansas City, MO
1,703
Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
2,694
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS
2,166
DeVry University
Kansas City, MO
191
Haskell Indian Nations University
Lawrence, KS
806
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO
663
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Kansas City, MO
1,190
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, KS
1,888
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
5,533
Ottawa University
Ottawa & Overland Park, KS
1,123
Park University
Parkville, MO
11,457
Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO
3,043
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO
12,333
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Overland Park, & Kansas City, KS
27,625
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
16,372
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth & Overland Park, KS
1,310
Washburn University
Topeka, KS
6,691
Webster University
Kansas City, MO
212
William Jewell College
Liberty, MO
933
Total
97.933
Two-Year Colleges
Donnelly College
Kansas City, KS
360
Hillyard Technical Center
St. Joseph, MO
106
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS
18,638
Kansas City KS Community College
Kansas City, KS
5,825
Metropolitan Community College
 
14,874
Blue River Community College
Blue Springs &
Independence, MO
 
Metropolitan Community College- Business & Technology
Kansas City, MO
 
Longview Community College
Kansas City, MO
 
Maple Woods Community College
Kansas City, MO
 
Penn Valley Community College
Kansas City, MO
 
Pinnacle Career Institute
Kansas City, MO (2) & Lawrence, KS
309
 
Washburn Institute of Technology
Topeka, KS
1,393
Total
41,505

Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Fifteen institutions within the metro area offer graduate degrees in numerous disciplines. The University of Kansas and the University of Missouri also offer professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. Bioscience and biotechnology opportunities are available at Kansas State University Olathe. Degrees in osteopathic medicine are offered by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Soft Skills Development Training Opportunities in KC

Through the community colleges in the Kansas City area, employers and employees have the opportunity to advance their business success and careers by obtaining soft skills training. An individual's soft skills come from his or her personal attitudes, habits, and qualities that affect his or her ability to relate, communicate, and interact with co-workers. Soft skills include: communication, conflict-resolution, negotiation, work ethic, time management, personal effectiveness, problem-solving, team building, confidence, flexibility, and handling criticism.

Soft skills are vital to a successful employee as they complement the hard skills needed to get the job done. Torotel Products in Olathe, Kan. saw an increase in their "On Time Delivery, No Returns" jumping from 86.99% to 94.23% after supervisors attended soft skills training courses at Johnson County Community College. The following is a list of soft skills development training courses/workshops offered in the metropolitan area:

Johnson County Community College

  • Developing Performance Goals and Standards
  • Essential Skills of Leadership
  • Managing Diversity
  • Essential Skills of Communicating
  • Coaching Job Skills
  • Understanding HR Laws
  • Providing Performance Feedback
  • Effective Discipline
  • Leading Meetings
  • Supporting Change
  • Improving Work Habits
  • Time Management
  • Managing Generational Differences
  • Communicating Up
  • Effective Emails
  • Resolving Conflicts
  • Managing Complaints
  • Making Presentations
  • Getting Started as a New Leader
  • Delegation

Kansas City, KS Community College

  • Essential Employability Skills
  • Front-Line Supervision
  • Flexible Work Options
  • Bridging the Generational Gap
  • Bridging Language and Culture
  • Networking Ability
  • Creating a High Performance Workforce
  • The High Performing Team
  • Supervision Techniques
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Motivational Dynamics
  • Customer Service
  • Business Etiquette
  • Obtaining Employment 

Metropolitan Community College

  • Cultural Competency
  • Communication Skills
  • Building Trust
  • Fundamentals of Human Communications
  • Principals of Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Fundamentals of First-Line Supervisors
  • Conflict Management
  • Training Others
  • Getting Started as a New Leader
  • Change Management
  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Stress Management

Other Area Resources

Kansas State University in Manhattan, Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville are some of the nearby major institutions from which area employers also recruit.

International Development

The Kansas City metropolitan area is the home to many well recognized international companies, including Bayer CropScience, Bayer Health Care, Boehringer Ingelheim, Danisco Ingredients USA, Fuchs Lubricants, Huhtamaki Americas, Nestle Purina Petcare Global, and Thyssen Krupp Access.

The KCADC business development team works closely with the international development departments of the State of Kansas and State of Missouri.

Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce works with new and existing businesses wishing to expand their service reach to the international marketplace. The department also takes an active role in bringing international business to the state. The state has key contacts in China and Mexico, as well as consultants in Asia, Europe, India and South America. Services to Kansas businesses include the following programs:

  • International investment recruitment 
  • Export assistance to Kansas companies 
  • Kansas International Trade Show Assistance Program

 

The Department's Trade Development Division (TDD) provides assistance to Kansas companies wishing to begin or expand their international marketing efforts. Assistance includes counseling, market research, identification of overseas agents and distributors, trade leads, coordinated marketing promotions, export seminars, international trade show assistance, overseas trade missions, etc. The International Trade Show Assistance Program provides Kansas companies with reimbursement of one-half of their direct exhibition related-expenses at an international trade show, up to $3,500. Under the program, individual Kansas companies may receive up to $7,000 per state fiscal year. 

Missouri

The International Trade and Investment Group in the Business and Community Division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development works to increase the number of Missouri companies exporting; increase the dollar volume of Missouri exports; and to increase the level of foreign investments to the State of Missouri.  Building relationships with organizations across the globe creates resource linkages that enhance the competitive position of Missouri firms. There are State of Missouri offices in China, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan.

The International Trade and Investment Group assists companies with trade information, trade counseling, trade missions, trade shows, business protocol, global market research, agent/distribution searches, competitive analysis, export finance assistance, and certificates of Free Sale.

The state of Missouri Export Finance Program is a cooperative effort between the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Development Finance Board. The State of Missouri Export Finance Program focuses on the export finance programs of several federal and international agencies.  Missouri companies exporting can use the export finance programs of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the international programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA). There are primarily two programs available to small and medium-sized companies:  the Export Working Capital Program and the Export Credit Insurance Program. These programs are designed to help small and medium-sized businesses that have exporting potential obtain export working capital and also mitigate risks in international transactions.

Missouri companies export to countries around the world. Often, export dependent jobs pay higher wages.  Global markets greatly impact export dependent industries in the State of Missouri.  If you would like to learn more about the International Trade and Investment Group, please visit the Missouri Export Portal.

Labor Force

 
Labor Force
Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Kansas City MSA 1,140,900 1,050,700 50,200 4.4%
United States 160,863,000 153,576,000 7,287,000 4.5%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2017.
Note:  Not Seasonally Adjusted.

Employment by Industry 2016

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

 

Population Characteristics

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Kansas City MO-KS MSA Lawrence, KS MSA St. Joseph, MO MSA Topeka, KS MSA
2000 1,842,814 100,281 123,969 224,787
2010 2,035,334 110,826 127,329 233,870
2015 2,087,471 118,053 126,880 233,791
2017 2,128,912 120,793 126,935 233,149

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
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 Pouplation per Square Mile 2009
Source: SRC/Experian/Applied Geographic Solutions.
 
 2009 Core Counties Population per square mile
Source: SRC/Experian/Applied Geographic Solutions.

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  Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Income 

Kansas City MSA
United States
Number of Occupied Housing Units 816,589 118,860,065
Average Household Income $81,331 $58,111
Median Household Income $60,066 $43,715
Per Capita Income $32,038 $22,014

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016; eSite Analytics, 2017.

Households_by_Income_2016
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Transportation

Distances from Kansas City

 
Highway Distance
Flight
Miles
Km
Time
Direction
Atlanta
793
1,276
1:55
SE
Chicago
501
806
1:15
NE
Dallas
489
787
1:25
S
Denver
602
969
1:45
W
Houston
712
1,146
2:08
S
Los Angeles
1,580
2,543
3:40
W
Minneapolis
435
700
1:20
N
New York
1,221
1,965
2:51
NE
Orlando
1,223
1,968
2:30
SE
Seattle
1,820
2,929
3:50
NW
Toronto
975
1,569
2:08
NE
Washington, D.C.
1,059
1,704
2:15
E

 

Air

The metropolitan area is served by 13 major commercial airlines and their connection partners. These carriers offer approximately 175 daily departures, with nonstop service to over 50 destinations.

The presence of low-cost, low-fare airlines, as well as most of the full-service majors, keeps competition up and airfares down. Kansas City enjoys one of the lowest-cost air travel markets in the country. Travelers experience fewer delays at Kansas City International Airport than most major airports.

According to J.D. Power & Associates, Kansas City International (MCI) ranks highest among medium-sized airports, and performs particularly well in airport accessibility, check-in/baggage check and security check. 

Kansas City International Airport
Distance from downtown area:
21 miles / 34 kilometers
Length of longest runway:
10,800 feet / 3,240 meters
 
Selected General Aviation Airports
Airport County Distance from Downtown Longest Runway Length
Clay County Regional Airport
Clay
20 mi./32 km
4,000 ft/1,200 m
East Kansas City / Grain Valley Airport
Jackson
23 mi./37km
4,501 ft/1,350 m
Topeka Regional Airport*
Shawnee
71 mi./114 km
12,819 ft/3,907 m
Johnson County Executive Airport
Johnson
22 mi./35 km
4,099 ft/1,230 m
Lawrence Municipal Airport
Douglas
42 mi./68 km
5,000 ft/1,524 m
Kansas City Downtown Airport*
Clay
1 mi./2 km
7,001 ft/2,100 m
Lee's Summit Municipal Airport
Jackson
19 mi./30 km
4,015 ft/1,205 m
New Century Aircenter*
Johnson
29 mi./46 km
7,339 ft/2,202 m

Rosecrans Memorial Airport*

Buchanan
49 mi./78 km
8,059 ft/2,418 m

*These airports, together with KCI, are capable of supporting large cargo aircraft.

Nonstop Jet Destinations, 2018

Nonstop Map with Lines 030218
Major Passenger Carriers Serving Kansas City

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • OneJet
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • ViaAirlines
  • Vacation Express
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    International Air Service: Europe

     International Flight Map to Europe

     
    Destination
    Daily Flights
    Quickest Route
    Average Elapsed Time (Hrs.)
    KC (MCI) to London (LHR)
    32
    Through Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 10.0 Hrs.
    12.9
    KC (MCI) to Amsterdam (AMS)
    14
    Through Minneapolis (MSP): 10.4 Hrs.
    11.6
    KC (MCI) to Paris (CDG)
    18
    Through Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 10.3 Hrs.
    12.3
    KC (MCI) to Munich (MUC)
    9
    Through Toronto (YYZ): 10.8 Hrs.
    12.6
    KC (MCI) to Frankfurt (FRA)
    15
    Through Philadelphia (PHL): 11.6 Hrs.
    12.5
    Connection Cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, D.C.

     

    International Air Service:  Asia

    International Flight Map to Asia

    Destination
    Daily Flights
    Quickest Route
    Average Elapsed Time (Hrs.)
    KC (MCI) to Beijing (PEK)
    7
    Through Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 15.2 Hrs.
    17.6
    KC (MCI) to Seoul (ICN)
    5
    Through Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW): 17.4 Hrs.
    18.5
    KC (MCI) to Shanghai (PVG)
    6
    Through Chicago O'Hare (ORD): 16.9 Hrs.
    18.8
    KC (MCI) to Tokyo (NRT)
    18
    Through Minneapolis (MSP): 15.0 Hrs.
    16.5
    KC (MCI) to Delhi (DEL)
    2
    Through Newark (EWR): 17.7 Hrs.
    18.0
    KC (MCI) to Osaka (KIX)
    1
    Through San Francisco (SFO): 18.0 Hrs.
    18.0
    Connection Cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

    Source: Kansas City Aviation Department.

    Highway


    Highways serving the metro:

    • 4 interstates (I-70, I-49, I-35, I-29)
    • 4 interstate linkages (I-435, I-635, I-470,
      I-670)
    • 9 federal highways

    Highway System 
     

    • Kansas City has the 3rd best 30-minute employment access in the U.S. 
      (Source: University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016)
    • KC is rated as the fourth least-congested metropolitan areas overall in the U.S. 
      (Source: Tom Tom Traffic Index 2018)
    • On average, Kansas City drivers spend only 11% of their travel time in traffic congestion. 
      (Source: Tom Tom Traffic Index 2018)

    Public Transit

    Kansas City Area Transportation Authority—The Metro (KCATA), Johnson County Transit—The Jo, and Unified Government Transit—The Bus. The three transit organizations maintain integrated routes and services across the bi-state metro under one umbrella of the KCATA. They also participate with the Mid-America Regional Council in the region's Smart Moves 3.0 transit planning effort.

    KC Downtown Streetcar

    The two-mile, north-south KC Streetcar starter line travels primarily through Downtown along Main Street and connect the River Market to Crown Center and Union Station and will serve the Central Business District, the Crossroads Art District, and the Power and Light District, as well as numerous businesses, restaurants, art galleries, educational facilities and residents. This is the first piece of a comprehensive and connected transit system with the goal of connecting Kansas City. Completed in 2016, the KC Streetcar is recognized as the most successful by ridership (3 million riders in 18 months) and investment ($2.25 Billion in just over 24 months). The streetcar route plans to expand over 9 miles, north-south, extending north to the Missouri River front and south to the Country Club Plaza, adjacent to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    Bike

    Kansas City will build 1,000 miles of bike lanes over the next 20 years to improve cyclist and pedestrian choices that connect to a much larger regional trail network also being expanded. The KC B-Cycle system will have in place 46 stations by mid-2018. Leisurely to serious biking enthusiasts appreciate the extensive trail system in and around KC. The Rock Island Railroad Corridor, will begin construction on 17 miles of new, shared use path is opening in late 2019. The 17-mile Rock Island Corridor shared use path brings the 500 miles of the Katy and Rock Island Trails, linking Kansas City and St. Louis, to within 6-8 miles of completion. View Regional Bikeway System Map. JoCo Trails has more than 35 miles—Turkey Creek Streamway, Shawnee Mission Park, Mill Creek Streamway, and Kansas Bike Trails. For more information visit JCPRD.

    Private Ride Services

    A host of ride services are available across the Kansas City region including UberLyftZipCar cabs and limos.

    Rail

    Kansas City is generally regarded to be the second largest rail center in the U.S. and ranked first by freight volume. Five of eight Class I rail carriers, three regional lines, and a local switching carrier (Kansas City Terminal) serve the area. Amtrak passenger trains serve the city four times per day.

     
    Freight Railroads Serving Kansas City
    Class 1 Railroads Regional Railroads
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Iowa, Chicago & Eastern
    Kansas City Southern
    Missouri & Northern Arkansas
    Norfolk Southern
    Union Pacific
    Canadian Pacific   

    Barge

    Kansas City adjoins the Missouri River's Corps of Engineers-managed shipping channel which runs from St. Louis, MO to Sioux City, IA.

    Barge lines: 7 operate along the Kansas City area of the Missouri River
    Facilities: 41 docks and terminal facilities exist in the metropolitan area
    Channel depth: 9 feet (2.7 meters)
    Channel width: 300 feet (91.4 meters)
    Commercial tonnage, 2008: 2,050,773 short tons (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
    Usual shipping season: late March through November

    KC SmartPort

    KC SmartPort is a non-profit economic development organization that works to attract freight-based companies, such as manufacturing, distribution, and warehouses, to the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region. For more information go to KC SmartPort's website.

    Digital Connectivity

    First in Fiber

    The KC region is the most connected city in the United States. With over 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed, approximately 2 miles per resident, businesses and residents maintain a robust connectivity anywhere in our 8,472 square miles. Over 97% of the homes in the metro area can access fiber at their home, making work-from-home programs among the most effective in the world. Over 50% of the homes in the region have 2 or 3 choices for fiber to the home, allowing residents to take charge of their digital experience and keep rates low due to the intense competition for connectivity.

    Kansas City is among the few that have a fully deployed fiber network in the downtown business district to support corporate operations. This network is complemented by a fully deployed fiber network in the KC region including a publicly owned 10GB network in North Kansas City, fiber to the home in multiple Kansas and Missouri communities from major carriers AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber, Level 3, and Spectrum. KC is also home to Netrality at 1102 Grand, one of seven carrier hotels in the United States. The easy accessibility to the internet exchange point at 1102 Grand through all carriers ensures minimal data latency and immediate access to corporate entities and customers around the world.

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    Innovative and Future-Ready

    According to The Building Smarter Cities and Communities report, six out of 10 Americans want to live in a Smart City—Kansas City is home to a legacy of innovation and poised to build upon this legacy. Amazon Web Services is leveraging this innovative and connected environment to build out its first AWS Smart Region in partnership with Xaqt, one of the startups that began its story in the KC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

    Kansas City was the first Gigabit connected region, and as a result, a host of digital entrepreneurs formed StartUp Village. From this community emerged several successful companies including blooom, a financial services company now worth $1B; EyeVerify, a digital security firm that recently exited from startup status to become part of the AliBaba family; and Machine Halo, a national leader in public safety technology development.

    Inclusive

    The KC region is among the national leaders of the Digital Inclusion community. Our cities hosted the first national conference on the topic, and programs born in KC are now being replicated across the country. KC recognizes that no place can truly be “smart” unless its residents, despite zip code, race, age, income, or educational level, are able to reap the benefits of our fiber connectivity and IoT.

    KC has been on the forefront of digital equity efforts aimed at providing access to affordable and adequate broadband, access to affordable computer equipment, and digital literacy skills training for our residents, such as piloting the federal ConnectHome, ConnectAll, ConnectEd, and TechHire initiatives, as well as co-founding such national organizations as the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Next Century Cities.

    Data Driven Solutions

    Kansas City was one of the first Bloomberg What Works Cities and has earned numerous awards for basing government operations on data, not just dialogue.

    Metro-Wide, the area has adopted many regional data sharing initiatives. One such initiative is standardized emergency radio systems, guaranteeing coverage as events unfold across the metro. This allows emergency services to be continuously connected to their communications network regardless of what jurisdiction they are in - a rarity in many metro areas. The result is increased public safety should a large-scale public safety issue occur. In additional to the shared communications network, many additional regional data sharing initiatives exist.

    Concentration of Cybersecurity

    The KC region is home to a large cybersecurity presence – employing 6,852 in the workforce. The FBI-Kansas City Division in Kansas City investigates terrorism, counterintelligence, cybercrime, public corruption, civil rights, organized crime, white-collar crime, violent crime and weapons of mass destruction. The KC Field Office conducts multiple outreach programs including the Citizens Academy, the Youth/Teen Academy, Junior Special Agent, FBI-SOS and several more.

    Fort Leavenworth is the home of the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center (CAC). CAC, as a major subordinate headquarters of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has often been referred to as the "Intellectual Center of the Army." 

    Another rich asset for the KC region is one of the nation’s top fusion centers – the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center (KIFC). At the KIFC, global intelligence collected by the Adjunct General is used by the Attorney General to prevent terrorism and crime, broadening the scope of other centers that simply investigate incidents after the fact. The KIFC is also unique in hosting biothreat and cybersecurity teams which include public and private‐sector subject matter experts to help analyze global and domestic threats. These outside experts hold security clearances, which lets them work with KIFC analysts to dissect classified data collected around the world. The additional expertise allows the KIFC to do a better job protecting this region, and also allows external individuals to do a better job protecting their company, university, hospital, state agency, etc. from biological and/or cybersecurity threats.

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    DEFINING THE GREATER KC METRO AREA 

    Kansas City is a Missouri/Kansas bi-state metropolitan area. All statistical references made to Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) include the counties of Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The greater Kansas City area also includes the adjoining Lawrence, KS, St. Joseph, MO, and Topeka, KS MSAs, as well as the Atchison, KS, Chillicothe, MO, Ottawa, KS, and Warrensburg, MO areas.

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