2018 Ratings & Rankings

AP's Top 2018 Albums
Two KC native bands ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press' "Top 2018 Albums." Janelle Monae ranked No. 1, while KC Creatives Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear ranked No. 10. Zagat, December 2019

2018 ABILITY HomeCare Elite Top 500
North Kansas City Hospital ranked on the “2018 ABILITY HomeCare Elite Top 500” list. Their quality Home Health Department led them to qualify. North Kansas City Hospital, November 2018

Most Promising Places to Open a Restaurant
Kansas City ranked among 10 others in the “Most Promising Places to Open a Restaurant” list by LendingTree. Annual revenue, payroll costs, number of restaurants per household based on income or age were all considered in the study. LendingTree, October 2018

No. 5 Best School in the Country for Veterans
The University of Kansas ranked on the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 rankings” by Military Times. The veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement were assessed in this study. University of Kansas, October 2018

Top U.S. Cities for Clean Energy Jobs
Kansas City ranked in the “Top 50 U.S. Cities for Clean Energy Jobs” in a study by Environmental Entrepreneurs. The study was based on cleaner transportation, renewable energy and energy efficiency for climate change and reduced energy costs for businesses and consumers. E2, October 2018

100 Fastest Growing Inner City Businesses
Two Kansas City companies, Vazquez Commercial Contracting LLC and DuBois Consultants ranked on Fortune’s “100 Fastest Growing Inner City Businesses.” Fortune, October 2018

2018's Best Places to Raise a Family 
WalletHub ranked Overland Park the No. 1 place in the nation to raise a family. Essential family dynamics, cost of housing, quality of local school and health-care systems and opportunities for fun and recreation were all considered. WalletHub, September 2018

The Best Colleges and Universities 
The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education teamed up to create a list of the best colleges in the country. William Jewell College ranked among the top third. William Jewell College, September 2018 

Most Productive Legal Scholars
Graduates of the University of Kansas School of Law are among the nation's most productive legal scholars according to the Social Science Resource Network. KU ranked 48th overall and 22nd among public law schools nationally for scholarly impact. SSRN, August 2018

Great Colleges to Work For 
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences ranked on a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a Great College to Work For 2018, based on responses from more than 53,000 people at 253 institutions. Chronicle, July 2018

The 31 Best Steakhouses in America
Stock Hill ranked among Thrillist's 31 Best Steakhouses in America. Innovative appetizers and next-level customization options helped them earn a spot. Thrillist, July 2018

Where Are Millenials Moving?
Overland Park ranked No. 14 on the list of “Where Are Millenials Moving?” by SmartAsset, which was calculated by comparing migration data for millennials in 217 cities compared to a 2016 Census Bureau. SmartAsset, June 2018

10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Missouri
Belton’s average annual mortgage payment of $5,767 ranked No. 6 on the list of “Most Affordable Places to Live in Missouri” by the Kansas City Business Journal. Kansas City Business Journal, June 2018

11 Cities on the Rise You Can’t Pass Up
Kansas City’s central location and charm earned a spot on the list of “11 Cities on the Rise You Can’t Pass Up” by Smart Meetings. Smart Meetings, June 2018

20 Cool Cities You Should Check Out Before Everyone Else Does
Kansas City, or a “cultural beacon in a sea of grain” ranked on Matador Network’s list of “20 Cool Cities You Should Check Out Before Everyone Else Does” with its jazz and BBQ. Matador Network, June 2018

Top 10 for Speculative Construction Growth
The Kansas City Industrial Market ranked No. 6 among the Top 10 Markets for Speculative Construction Growth by absorbing 9.2 million-sq.-ft. in 2017. REBusinessOnline, May 2018

2018 World Beer Cup
Kansas City Bier Co. wins silver medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup in Nashville for its Winterbock lager in the German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock category. KC Business Journal, May 2018

Best High Schools in the U.S.
19 KC-area schools earn a spot in U.S. News & World Report's, "Best High School" rankings. Data on more than 20,500 schools in 50 states was considered in the decision. U.S. News & World Report, May 2018

America’s Best Employers
Six KC-area businesses land on "America's Best Employers" list by Forbes. Rankings were determined by Statista, which surveyed 30,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Forbes, May 2018

The Best Burritos in All 50 States
KC's Scott's Kitchen & Lenexa's Red Kitchen Tamales made"The Best Burritos in all 50 States" list by Food & Wine. Kansas City barbecue helped play into the ranking. Food & Wine, May 2018

Five of the Country’s Best Tea-Infused Cocktails
The Rieger lands on "Five of the Country's Best Tea-Infused Cocktails" list by VinePair. The "Precious & Grace" cocktail won the feature with gin, Benedictine, white chocolate and pistachio with cream and matcha. VinePair, May 2018

World’s Best Coworking Alliance
Kansas City Coworking Alliance was awarded "World's Best Coworking Alliance" at the international Global Coworking Unconference Conference in New York City. The Coworky Award was chosen from an initial field of a dozen nominations. Startland News, April 2018

10 ginormous restaurant dishes ready for Instagram
Papa Bob's Bar-B-Que made the "10 Ginormous Restaurant Dishes Ready for Instagram" list by USA TODAY. The Ultimate Destroyer filled with "Anything you've ever wanted to try in Kansas City" put KC on the list. USA TODAY, April 2018

The 31 Best Burger Joints in America
Town Topic earned a spot on "The 31 Best Burger Joints in America" list by Thrillist. "One of the Finest renditions of a diner burger in America" scored Town Topic its spot. Thrillist, April 2018

International Dairy Competition
Shatto Milk Company won nine awards at the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition. Root Beer Milk, Honey Butter, Garlic Butter, Chocolate and Strawberry Milk all earned a place in the competition. Shatto Milk Company, March 2018

5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots
Kansas City is listed with St. Louis on "Beyond Silicon Valley: 5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots." KC earned the ranking due to Google Fiber and being one of the best cities for women in tech as the only city in America where women on average earn more than men. Livability, March 2018

No. 2 For High Paying Jobs and Low Cost of Living
Kansas City ranks second among the "10 U.S. cities with high-paying jobs and low cost of living" by CNBC Make It. Rankings were based on average annual income, median monthly rent and cost of annual necessities. CNBC Make It, February 2018

Ad Age's A-List 2018
VML earned the No. 3 spot on Ad Age's A-List 2018 among other top companies. Bold creativity, lucrative business strategy and continual transformation helped VML go up two spots since 2017. Ad Age, February 2018

10 Lesser-Known Black History Month Sites Across America
Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum earned a spot among CNN Travel's "10 lesser-known Black History Month sites across America." The sites were found between New York and California based on a deeper understanding for black history. CNN Travel, February 2018

Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat for 2018
Joe's Kansas City BBQ ranks among Yelp's "Top 100 Places to Eat for 2018" for the third time since 2014. Both rankings and reviews were taken into consideration in the selection process. Yelp, February 2018

The Best Cities in the United States
Kansas City is named among National Geographic's "Best Cities in the United States." Depression-era painter Thomas Hart Benton's views on the city helped earn the ranking. National Geographic, January 2018

Top Metropolitan Markets for Mobile Performance
Kansas City tops the charts on RootMetrics, "How did the top 125 U.S. metropolitan markets compare for mobile performance?" KC stood out for its reliable and top data performance, as well as second best network speeds and fourth best call performance. RootMetrics, February 2018

Best Places for Work Life Balance
Kansas City ranks 5th in the "13 U.S. cities where people have the most free time, the best health and well-paying jobs" list by Business Insider. Shortest commute time and income assisted in the ranking. Business Insider, February 2018

The 31 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in America
Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor ranks among other national eateries for the "31 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in America" list by Thrillist. Hank Bauer calling it "The best darn chicken I ever ate" landed the spot on the Thrillist radar. Thrillist, February 2018

Where Millennials are Buying Homes
Olathe and Overland Park, Kansas land on "Where Are Millennials Buying Homes?" list by SmartAsset. Home ownership and age range determined the rankings. SmartAsset, January 2018

2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live
Manhattan, Overland Park, and Lawrence in Kansas, as well as Columbia, Missouri, rank in the "2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live" by Livability. Listings were based on economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Livability, January 2018

Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs
University of Kansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City rank among the "Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs" by U.S. News and World Report. Graduation rates, academic and career support services helped determine the rankings. U.S. News and World Report, January 2018

The Most Underrated Places to go in 2018
Kansas City is among "The Most Underrated Places to go in 2018" according to Oyster.com. Barbecue, music, shops and landmarks assisted in earning the ranking. Oyster.com, January 2018

The Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America
Alight Analytics, a KC area marketing and advertising agency, ranks among "The Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America" by Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur, January 2018

Best Values in Colleges
William Jewell College ranks in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges. Rankings were determined by academic quality, costs, salary, financial aid and total enrollment. Kiplinger, January 2018

30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America
Kansas City is named among the 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America by Zagat. James Beard Award winners, and newcomers like The Monarch Bar and Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room helped earn the ranking. Zagat, January 2018

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