Information about Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri, has a estimated population of 470,800, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures. It's the largest city in both Missouri and the Kansas City metropolitan area, which also includes Independence, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; and Overland Park, Kansas, among other municipalities.
Kansas City has been nicknamed both the City of Fountains, for its more than 200 fountains, and the Soccer Capital of America, for the popularity of the sport on both the youth and professional levels. The city is home to Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City and the National Women's Soccer League's FC Kansas City, as well as the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and MLB's Kansas City Royals.
Foodies can indulge in two Kansas City specialties - steak and barbecue - in addition to Irish delicacies like bangers and mash, Irish potato soup, and shepherd's pie which can be found in the city's large Irish-American community. Points of interest in the city are many and include the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Crossroads Art District, the Kansas City Museum, the Kansas City Zoo and Science City at Union Station.
Kansas City Educational Opportunities
Kansas City has approximately a dozen nonprofit colleges and universities. Among these are the private Rockhurst University, ranked the 18th best regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and the University of Missouri - Kansas City, a public school with an enrollment of about 16,000 students as of Fall 2014.
Other schools in Kansas City include a campus of Metropolitan Community College, while private nonprofit offerings include Avila University, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences.
Economy in Kansas City
Kansas City is home to various offices of the federal government, and accordingly, the federal government is the city's top employer, with an estimated one-in-eight ratio of federal government employees to workers in Kansas City, as of 2015. Other top employers include HCA Midwest, a for-profit hospital corporation; Saint Luke's Health System; and Cerner, a health care information technology company headquartered in Kansas City. Applebee's, Hallmark Cards, and H&R Block are among other well-known companies with headquarters in the city.