Kansas City, Kansas is the third-largest city in
the state of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte
County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City, Missouri
metropolitan area. It is part of a consolidated city-county government
known as the "Unified Government" which also includes the
cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010
census, the city population was 145,786. It is situated at Kaw
Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
It is commonly referred to as "KCK" to differentiate it from
Kansas City, Missouri (which is often referred to as "KCMO").
It is the location of the Kansas Speedway and the home field
of Sporting Kansas City, the metro area's only major-league soccer
Kansas City, Kansas formed in 1868 and incorporated in October 1872.
The first city election was held October 22, 1872, by order of Judge
Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District, and resulted in the election
of Mayor James Boyle. The mayors of the city after its organization
have been James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, A. S. Orbison, Eli Teed and Samuel
McConnell. John Sheehan was appointed Marshal in 1875, by Mayor Eli
Teed. He was also Chief of Police, having a force of five men. In June
1880, the Governor of Kansas proclaimed the city of Kansas
City a city of the second class with the Mayor Samuel McConnell present. James
E. Porter was Mayor in 1910. It was one of the nation's 100 largest
cities for many US Censuscounts, from 1890 to 1960, including 1920,
when it had over 100,000 residents for the first time. In 1997,
voters approved a proposition to unify the city and county governments
creating the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 128.38 square miles (332.49 km²), of which, 124.81 square
miles (323.26 km²) of it is land and 3.57 square miles (9.24 km²)
is water. 124.3 square miles (322 km2) of it is land and 3.5 square
miles (9.1 km2) of it is water.
Kansas City, Kansas, is organized into a system of neighborhoods,
some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events.
Neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas
Downtown Kansas City, Kansas
Argentine, former home to the silver smeltery for which it was named.
Armourdale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City
Armstrong, a town absorbed by Wyandotte.
Fairfax District, an industrial area along the Missouri River.
Maywood, until the late 90s a quiet, isolated residential area, now
part of the large "Village West" project that includes the
upscale, sprawling "Legends" shopping and entertainment district,
"Sporting Kansas City" soccer stadium, "T-Bones"
baseball park, "Schlitterbahn" amusement waterpark, "Kansas
Speedway" NASCAR track and upcoming "Hollywood Casino".
Pomeroy, late 19th century-early 20th century Train Depot, Trading Post,
Saw Mill, and river landing for barges to load-unload.
Turner, community around the Wyandotte-Johnson County border to the
Kansas River north-south, and from I-635 to I-435 east-west.
Parks and parkways
Main article: List of Wyandotte County parks and parkways
Wyandotte County Park
Wyandotte County Lake Park
Agricultural Hall of Fame and county park complex
Kansas City is situated in "Tornado Alley", a broad region
where cold air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada collides
with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation
of powerful storms. The most recent tornado to strike Kansas City was
in May 2003. The region is also prone to ice storms, such as the 2002
ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days
and (in some cases) weeks. The low-lying areas near the confluence
of the Missouri and Kansas rivers has been subject to flooding, including
the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951.
See also: List of tornadoes and tornado outbreaks, List of
tornadoes striking downtown areas, and 1980 United States
Average dew point
Notes: Temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit. Dew
point is a humidity measure in degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation includes rain and
melted snow or sleet in inches.
Source: U.S. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 145,786 people, 53,925
households, and 35,112 families residing in the city. The population
density was 1168.1 people per square mile (451/km²). There
were 61,969 housing units at an average density of 496.5 per square
mile (191.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.2% White,
26.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.7% Asian,
0.1%Pacific Islander, 13.6% from other races, and 3.8% from two
or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were
27.8% of the population. Non-Hispanic Whites were 40.2% of
the population in 2010,down from 76.3% in 1970.
There were 53,925 households out of which 31.7% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living
together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0%
had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families.
28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone
living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household
size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.32.
The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 28.4% of residents were under
the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from
25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10.5% were 65 years of age or
older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $33,011,
and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income
of $30,992 versus $24,543 for females. The per capita income for
the city was $15,737. About 13.0% of families and 17.1% of the population
were below thepoverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and
11.5% of those age 65 or over.
Kansas City, Kansas is the home to the General Motors Fairfax Assembly
Plant, which manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick
LaCrosse. The Federal Bureau of Prisons North Central Region
Office is in Kansas City, Kansas. In addition Associated
Wholesale Grocers and Kansas City Steak Company are based
within the city.
Village West, located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435.
Anchored by the Kansas Speedway, tenants include Hollywood Casino, The
Legends At Village West, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great
Wolf Lodge, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home to the Kansas
City T-Bones of the American Association, and Livestrong
Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City of Major
League Soccer. Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, a 370-acre (1.5 km2)
resort and waterpark, opened across I-435 from Village West in June
2009. An Online Trading Academy center is also located in
Kansas City was ranked the #7 best city in the U.S. to start over after
foreclosure. Average rent in Kansas City is only $788, which is low
in relation to the national average of $1087 spent on rent.
On March 30, 2011, Google announced that Kansas City had been
selected as the site of an experimental fiber-optic network that
Google will build at no cost to the city. Kansas City was chosen from
a field of 1,100 US communities that had applied for the network. Google
plans to have the network in operation by 2012.
According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the
largest employers in the city are:
# of Employees
University of Kansas Hospital
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
University of Kansas Medical Center
Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kansa
Providence Medical Center
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City, Kansas is also home to a library system, with 5 branch
libraries spread throughout Wyandotte County. These include
the Main Library, Argentine Library, Turner Community Library, West
Wyandotte Library and in Wyandotte County Lake Park, the Mr. & Mrs.
F.L. Schlagle Library.
Law and government
Kansas City, Kansas has a consolidated city-county government
in which the city and county have been merged into one jurisdiction.
As such, it is simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation;
and a county, which is an administrative division of a state.
The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department was founded in 1898. In 1914.
By 1918, it was taking photographs and fingerprints of all the felons
it arrested. The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department was founded on
December 25, 1883. The fire department is part of the Firefighter's
Relief Association which was founded February 28, 1918. The department
has 18 fire stations in the city. They cover an area of approximately
127 square miles. They also have specialty teams including heavy rescue,
hazardous materials, foam team, water rescue, tactical medic, trench
rescue, high angle/rope rescue, and technical urban search and rescue.
The fire department has four public service programs. The programs are
citizens assist program, fire prevention, safe place, and the smoke
Board of Commissioners
At-Large District 1, Mayor Pro Tem, Rev Mark Holland
At-Large District 2, John J. Mendez
District 1, Nathaniel Barnes
District 2, William J (Bill) Miller
District 3, Ann Brandau-Murguia
District 4, Mark Mitchell
District 5, Mike Kane
District 6, Particia Huggins Pettey
District 7, Thomas R. Cooley
District 8, Benoyd M. Ellison
Of the statistics available in 2000 based on data collected by the FBI as
part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which represent from arrests
made by State and local law enforcement agencies as reported to the
FBI, there were a total of 696 incidents.
River transportation was important to early Kansas City, Kansas as its
location at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers afforded
easy access to trade. A portion of I-70 was the first project
in the United States completed under the provisions of the new Federal-Aid
Highway Act of 1956 (though not the first constructed or begun.)
Interstate 70 as it enters Kansas, crossing the Kansas River
Interstate 35: To Des Moines, Iowa, to the North and Wichita,
Kansas, to the South.
Interstate 70: To St. Louis, Missouri, to the East and Topeka,
Kansas/Denver, Colorado, to the West.
Spur routes and notable roads
Interstate 435: A Bi-State Loop through the Missouri and Kansas suburbs.
Interstate 635: Connects the Kansas suburbs with Kansas City, Kansas,
and Kansas City International Airport.
Interstate 670: A southern bypass of I-70 and Southern portion of the
downtown loop. Signed as East I-70 when exiting from I-35 while traveling
US-24-40: Combination of the US-24 and US-40 highways
that pass through Kansas City.
K-5: A minor freeway bypassing the north of Kansas City, Kansas, connecting
the GM Fairfax plant with I-635. K-5 continues as Leavenworth
Road west to I-435 then on to Leavenworth, Kansas.
K-7: A freeway linking Leavenworth County, Kansas, Wyandotte
County, Kansas, Johnson County, Kansas, and Douglas County,
K-32 A highway that links Leavenworth County, Kansas, Wyandotte
County, and Douglas County, Kansas.
US-169, 7th Street Trafficway
South 18th Street Expressway
State Avenue and Parallel Parkway
Kansas Avenue and the Turner Diagonal
There are a number of buildings listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. Kansas City, Kansas is home to the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, which covers 12,500 square miles
(32,000 km2) in eastern Kansas.
Memorial Hall is a 3,500-seat indoor arena/auditorium located in
downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The venue, which has a permanent stage,
is used for public assemblies, concerts and sporting events. In 1887,
John G. Braecklein constructed a Victorian home for John and
Margaret Scroggs in the area of Strawberry Hill. It is a fine example
of the Queen Anne Style architecture erected in Kansas
Rosedale arch, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of
memorial drive (39°3'49.8?N 94°36'54.2?W).
The Rosedale Arch, dedicated to the men of Kansas City, Kansas
who served in World War I, is a small-scale replica of France's famous
Arc de Triomphe. It is located on Mount Marty in Rosedale, overlooking
the intersection of Rainbow and Southwest boulevards.
Wyandotte High School is a notable public school building located
at 2501 Minnesota Avenue. Built in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project,
the school was later designated as a Kansas City, Kansas Historic Landmark
in 1985 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April
The 1917 Argentine Carnegie Library (the only Carnegie
library existing in the metropolitan area),
Fire Station No. 9,
Hanover Heights Neighborhood Historic District,
Judge Louis Gates House,
Kansas City, Kansas Hall
Kansas City, Kansas Fire Headquarters
Great Wolf Lodge
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village
Scottish Rite Temple,
Shawnee Street Overpass,
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building
St. Augustine Hall
Theodore Shafer House
Trowbridge Archeological Site
Westheight Manor and Westheight Manor District,
White Church Christian Church
Wyandotte County Courthouse
The Muncie area.
Kansas City, Kansas is a portion of the Kansas City, Missouri media
The Kansas City, Missouri metro area's media market includes ten television
channels along with 30 FM and 21 AM radio stations. KCK residents receive
broadcasts from the following stations:
WDAF-TV 4 Fox affiliate.
KCTV 5 CBS affiliate.
KMBC-TV 9 ABC affiliate.
KCPT 19 PBS Member Station
KCWE 29 The CW affiliate.
KMCI 38 (independent)
KSHB-TV 41 NBC affiliate.
KPXE 50 Ion Television affiliate.
KSMO-TV 62 My Network TV affiliate.
KUKC-LP 48 Univision affiliate.
The Kansas City Star based in Kansas City, Missouri is the primary
daily newspaper for the Kansas City metropolitan area)
The Kansan (Daily KCK newspaper (online only))
The Wyandotte Echo (Weekly legal newspaper)
The Pitch (Alternative weekly newspaper)
The Record (serving Turner, Argentine and Rosedale)
Piper Press (serving Piper)
The Kansas City Call (Weekly African-American newspaper)
Dos Mundos (Bilingual newspaper)
The Kansas City Metro Voice
Kansas City Business Journal
The Wyandotte West (weekly publication for western Wyandotte Co.)
The city is home to one major professional sports team, Major League
Soccer's Sporting Kansas City (known as the Wizards from
19962010). Additionally Kansas City is home a minor league baseball
club, the Kansas City T-Boneswho play in the American Association.
The Kansas Speedway is also located in the city.
Kansas Speedway is an auto racetrack adjacent to the Village
West area in western Wyandotte County, Kansas. The speedway,
which is used by the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and the Indy Racing League,
is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) tri-oval with 15-degree banking
in the turns. The track held its first race on June 2, 2001, when the Winston
West series contested the Kansas 100. The top-level NASCAR Sprint
Cup series holds the annual Hollywood Casino 400 at the track.
Kansas City T-Bones
The Kansas City T-Bones are a professional baseball team that
moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2003. The T-Bones were members of the Northern
League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, until
the dissolution of the Northern League following the 2010 season. While
the remaining Northern League teams entered the North American
League as part of the Northern League's merger with the Golden
Baseball League and United Baseball League, the T-Bones joined
many former Northern League teams in the relatively new American
Association of Independent Professional Baseball. From the 2003 season
to the present, the T-Bones have played their home games atCommunityAmerica
Ballpark, located adjacent to the Village West development
in western Wyandotte County, Kansas. The T-Bones were the
2008 Northern League Champions.
Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is a Major League Soccer team that
currently plays at Livestrong Sporting Park. The team originally
planned to move to a new stadium in Kansas City, Missouri in
2011, but the project fell through in 2009. The developer of the planned
venue moved the project to the Village West area, near CommunityAmerica
Ballpark, and received the needed approvals in January 2010.
Colleges and universities
Kansas City Kansas Community College
University of Kansas Medical Center (Home of KU's Schools of Medicine,
Nursing and Allied Health)
Public and private school districts
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, USD 500
Piper, Unified School District 203
Turner, Unified School District 202
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools
Bishop Ward High School
Fairfax Learning Center
J. C. Harmon High School
Kansas City Kansas Community College: Technical Education Center
Piper High School, Kansas City (Piper, Kansas)
F.L. Schlagle High School
Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB)
Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
Washington High School
Wyandotte High School, Kansas City