Greater Kansas City Profile

The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) is your one point of contact for doing business in the Kansas City region.  In short, our job will be to make yours easy as you evaluate 18 counties located in two states that comprise the Kansas City region.

Our team is one of the most experienced and effective in regional economic development having been ranked No. 1 in the United States in 2014 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 (confidentially, of course).

The Kansas City region has experienced phenomenal corporate attraction and business growth of late.  Companies across a range of economic sectors have selected KC for the location of headquarters, manufacturing and logistics facilities, research and development operations, and shared service centers.  The common thread connecting each of these successes together in KC has been the excellent value each derived from a talented and deep workforce, diverse operating environments, an amazing work-life balance, and best of class professional services from the KCADC and our regional partners during all phases of the client evaluation.

*Source:  Development Counsellors Int’l – Winning Strategies in Economic Development - 2014 Survey 

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Climate & Environment

 Climate Normals, 2016
Average Annual Temperature  57.3°F 14.1°C
 High  January  64.0°F  17.8°C
 July 96.0°F 35.6°C
 Low  January -3.0°F  -19.4°C
 July 61.0°F 16.1°C
 Annual Precipitation 48.7 in 123.7 cm
 Annual Snowfall 5.7 in 14.5 cm
 Annual days of snowfall
 in excess of 1.0 in (2.54 cm)
5 days 
 Annual average wind speed 9.9 mph 15.9 kph
 Annual relative humidity  70.0%
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
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
AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Movie theater chain (Hdq.) Leawood, KS 125 Expansion
AutoAlert Automotive software communications Kansas City, MO 300 Expansion
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
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 300 Expansion
Hy-Vee Aisles Retail distribution Kansas City, MO  161  Opening 
Spectrum Brands Retail distribution Edgerton, KS 511 Opening
Spring Venture Group Insurance rate quoting (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 225 Expansion
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
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
2015
Alorica Customer service management firm  Topeka, KS 100 Expansion
Dailys Premium Meats Manufacturing St. Joseph, MO 212 Opening
Data Systems International, Inc. It consulting firm (Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 85 Expansion
Excel Industries Mowing equipment mfg. Edgerton, KS 200 Opening
Federal Reserve Bank Banking (Reg. Hdq.) Kansas City, MO 200 Expansion
FireMon LLC Cyber security firm Overland Park, KS 50 Expansion
Flowers Baking Co. Commercial baking Lenexa, KS 100 Opening
Ford Motor Co. Motor vehicle mfg. Claycomo, MO 900 Expansion
Groupon
Customer service for coupon system
Kansas City Area
80
Opening
Hallmark Cards, Inc.  Greeting cards manufacturing and distribution (Hdq.)  Liberty, MO 400 Expansion
Integrated Animal Health  Animal health research and development Lawrence, KS 51 Opening
Jet.com Distribution Edgerton, KS 140 Opening
Littler Mendelson PC
Shared services center
Kansas Ciity, MO
275
Opening
Logoplaste Plastic packaging mfg. Kansas City, MO 110 Expansion
Mars Chocolate North America Chocolate mfg. Topeka, KS 70 Expansion
Midwest Manufacturing, Inc., A Division of Menard, Inc. Retail distribution Lawrence, KS 100 Opening
S&S Activewear Retail distribution Olathe, KS 165 Opening
Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co. Plumbing supplies mfg. Kansas City, MO 150 Expansion
Sizewise Worldwide Pediatric products mfg. (Hdq.) Lenexa, KS 70 Opening
Topgolf International, Inc. Golf entertainment Overland Park, KS 450 Opening
TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp.  Contact center Kansas City, MO 500  Opening 
US Farathane Automotive plastics mfg. Riverside, MO 267 Opening
USA800 Contact center Lawrence, KS 333 Expansion

*2014 - 1,200 jobs to create 2nd shift for Ford Transient Van.
*2015 - 900 jobs for workload for F-150.

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
2017
Alorica, Inc. Customer service management firm Topeka, KS  300 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
Payless ShoeSource, Inc. Retailer (Hdq.)  Topeka, KS 110 Downsizing
Travelport Worldwide Ltd. Airline reservation services Kansas City, MO 124 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
2015
Bayer Animal Health North America   Veterinary pharmaceutical mfg. St. Joseph, MO  135 Closing 
Corbion Caravan Commercial baking products mfg.  Kansas City, KS  100  Closing 
E.C. Manufacturing, LLC  Electrical components mfg. Shawnee, KS 351 Downsizing
H&R Block, Inc.  Tax prep. & financial services (Hdq.)  Kansas City, MO  90  Downsizing 
Hallmark Cards, Inc.  Greeting card mfg (Hdq.)  Kansas City, MO  200 Downsizing 
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Motorcycle mfg. 
Kansas City, MO 
169
Downsizing
NCO Financial Systems, Inc.  Contact center  Kansas City, MO / St. Joseph, MO  179 / 96  Closing / Downsizing 
Sprint Corp. Telecommunications (Hdq.) Overland Park, KS 195 Downsizing
United Airlines  Airline  Kansas City, MO  62  Downsizing
Woodbridge Sequencing Center Polyurethane products mfg. Kansas City, MO 200 Downsizing
Zumiez, Inc. Sports equipment distribution center Edwardsville, KS 100 Closing

Cost of Living

ACCRA 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).

cost_of_living_3Q 2016
   

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
Location
Median Sales Price
Kansas City Metro
$163,300
United States
$217,600

Source: National Association of Realtors, 1Q 2016.

Kansas City also compares favorably with other markets in Coldwell Banker's annual Home Price Comparison Index. This index holds the home type compared constant across housing markets. The home type employed is typical of a corporate middle management transferee (single-family home, 2200 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, family room, 2 1/2 baths, 2-car garage). Such homes range from $151,536 to $240,227 in the Kansas City submarkets reported on by Coldwell Banker in the 2014 report. A similar home in San Francisco would cost $1,294,250.

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.

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

Institutions of Higher Learning

Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Location
Headcount Enrollment
Fall 2015
Avila University
Kansas City, MO
1,885
Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
2,689
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS
2,189
DeVry University - Missouri
Kansas City, MO
484
Haskell Indian Nations University
Lawrence, KS
799
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO
645
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Kansas City, MO
1,163
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, KS
1,884
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
5,513
Ottawa University
Ottawa & Overland Park, KS
1,084
Park University
Parkville, MO
11,720
Rockhurst University
Kansas City, MO
2,825
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO
14,395
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Overland Park, & Kansas City, KS
27,259
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
16,685
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth & Overland Park, KS
1,427
Washburn University
Topeka, KS
6,615
Webster University
Kansas City, MO
212
William Jewell College
Liberty, MO
1,063
Total
100,324
Two-Year Colleges
Brown Mackie College
Lenexa, KS
337
Donnelly College
Kansas City, KS
382
Hillyard Technical Center
St. Joseph, MO
128
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS
19,091
Kansas City KS Community College
Kansas City, KS
5,625
Metropolitan Community College
 
17,821
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
932
 
The Art Institute International-Kansas City
Lenexa, KS
183
Washburn Institute of Technology
Topeka, KS
1,330
Wentworth Military Academy & Junior College
Lexington, MO
787
Total
46,616

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 opportunies 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 1,130,706 1,075,001 55,705 4.9%
United States 159,800,000 151,804,000 7,996,000 5.0%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2016.
Note:  Not Seasonally Adjusted.

 Employment by Industry 2015
  employment_occupation_2015
 
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
1970 1,437,204 57,932 115,240 197,358
1980 1,504,209 67,640 119,358 203,953
1990 1,636,527 81,798 115,816 210,257
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

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.

pop_age_dist_2015
  Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Income 

Kansas City MSA
United States
Total Effective Buying Income (EBI), millions $55,734 $6,982,757
Number of Households 970,069 120,163,305
Average Household EBI $57,453 $58,111
Median Household EBI $45,285 $43,715
Per Capita EBI $22,573 $22,014

Source: Nielsen Claritas, 2014.

Households_by_Income_2015
 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 10 major commercial airlines and their connection partners. These carriers offer approximately 175 daily departures, with nonstop service to over 45 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, 2016

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Major Passenger Carriers Serving Kansas City

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran Airways
  • Alaska Juneau Aerona
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Spirit Airlines
  • 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, 2015.

    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 

    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 SmartMoves transit planning effort.

    KC Downtown Streetcar

    The two-mile, north-south KC Downtown Streetcar starter line will travel primarily 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. Construction completion is anticipated in fall of 2015 followed by a period of testing. It is expected that in early 2016 the first streetcar rides will occur through Downtown Kansas City in over a half a century.

    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.

    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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