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View Poll Results: Which city do you prefer
Kansas City 66 85.71%
Oklahoma City 11 14.29%
Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Comparing on these factors

Food
Crime
Safety
Traffic
Economy
Cost of Living
Amenities
Nightlife
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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You can't really compare these two cities. Kansas City is a mid-major city. Nothing unique but it holds its own and has plenty of amenities to keep one entertained. Oklahoma City is more like Wichita or Omaha, nothing really special.

Food - Kansas City
Crime - OKC
Safety - OKC
Traffic - OKC
Economy - Kansas City
Cost of Living - Tied
Amenities - Kansas City by a longshot
Nightlife - Kansas City
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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You can't really compare these two cities. Kansas City is a mid-major city. Nothing unique but it holds its own and has plenty of amenities to keep one entertained. Oklahoma City is more like Wichita or Omaha, nothing really special.

Food - Kansas City
Crime - OKC
Safety - OKC
Traffic - OKC
Economy - Kansas City
Cost of Living - Tied
Amenities - Kansas City by a longshot
Nightlife - Kansas City
Oklahoma City metro area only has 700,000 less people than Kansas City MSA, and is growing at a faster rate than KC. The metros are pretty comparable to each other.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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You can't really compare these two cities. Kansas City is a mid-major city. Nothing unique but it holds its own and has plenty of amenities to keep one entertained. Oklahoma City is more like Wichita or Omaha, nothing really special.

Food - Kansas City
Crime - OKC
Safety - OKC
Traffic - OKC
Economy - Kansas City
Cost of Living - Tied
Amenities - Kansas City by a longshot
Nightlife - Kansas City
Maybe it's just me, but it seems like a city has to be as unique as New Orleans or San Francisco for you to give it its just due in terms of identifiable characteristics. For instance, KCMO is known for its blues legacy and famous for its BBQ, and music and food are among the chief elements that give a place a distinct identity. I know less about OKC's cultural history and characteristics so I won't comment on it, but I don't think a city has to be the most unique in order to not be just one step above being Anywhere, USA.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
You can't really compare these two cities. Kansas City is a mid-major city. Nothing unique but it holds its own and has plenty of amenities to keep one entertained. Oklahoma City is more like Wichita or Omaha, nothing really special.

Food - Kansas City
Crime - OKC
Safety - OKC
Traffic - OKC
Economy - Kansas City
Cost of Living - Tied
Amenities - Kansas City by a longshot
Nightlife - Kansas City
oklahoma city is like wichita? thats like saying chicago is like indianapolis
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Oklahoma City metro area only has 700,000 less people than Kansas City MSA, and is growing at a faster rate than KC. The metros are pretty comparable to each other.
I'm not trying to downplay OKC, or imply that they are "not comparable". I know very little about OKC, or how it stacks up to KC, but 700,000 is quite a bit of a difference when you're talking about a 2 million person metro and 1.3 person metro. Its 50% of the total of OKC, so KC is 1.5 times bigger.

StL is about 700K people bigger than KC and it is very noticeably bigger. Maybe not when you are talking about a metro the size of say Philly and Boston (about the same population difference, but they are 7 and 8 million person metros), but when there is a 50% population difference, it shows.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I'm not trying to downplay OKC, or imply that they are "not comparable". I know very little about OKC, or how it stacks up to KC, but 700,000 is quite a bit of a difference when you're talking about a 2 million person metro and 1.3 person metro. Its 50% of the total of OKC, so KC is 1.5 times bigger.

StL is about 700K people bigger than KC and it is very noticeably bigger. Maybe not when you are talking about a metro the size of say Philly and Boston (about the same population difference, but they are 7 and 8 million person metros), but when there is a 50% population difference, it shows.
This.

I moved to OKC from a metro of 2 million which is about the same size as Kansas City, and let me just say its been a difficult adjustment. OKC should be better than it is considering its metro size of 1.3 million, but its still too small to legitimately compete with Kansas City.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Food - KC easily
Crime - not sure, probably OKC because of a less population
Safety - not sure, probably OKC because of a less population
Traffic - KC
Economy - kC
Cost of Living - KC
Amenities - KC
Nightlife - KC
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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No comparison what so ever. The cities are just too different. KC may as well be Boston compared to OKC. OKC might have over a million people, but it feels like and has the culture of a smaller city. KC has over 2 million (2.5 in CMSA) and it acts and has the culture/amenities of a city closer to 3-4 million.

I have spent plenty of time in OKC, including an entire week there recently. The place is like a giant suburb without a city. I know they have done a lot and it's so much better than it was 10 years ago, but compared to KC, the city feels much less urban and less like a major city. It's a smaller countrified southern town with an NBA team and a very out of place skyscraper.

KC has a much more urban central city and tons more to do. Plus the city is not southern at all and not near as conservative. KC also has better weather and topography.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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No comparison what so ever. The cities are just too different. KC may as well be Boston compared to OKC. OKC might have over a million people, but it feels like and has the culture of a smaller city. KC has over 2 million (2.5 in CMSA) and it acts and has the culture/amenities of a city closer to 3-4 million.

I have spent plenty of time in OKC, including an entire week there recently. The place is like a giant suburb without a city. I know they have done a lot and it's so much better than it was 10 years ago, but compared to KC, the city feels much less urban and less like a major city. It's a smaller countrified southern town with an NBA team and a very out of place skyscraper.

KC has a much more urban central city and tons more to do. Plus the city is not southern at all and not near as conservative. KC also has better weather and topography.
This pretty much sums it up.

OKC performs terribly for its size and is in fact probably the worst city..um..town its size in the nation. It's peers are Wichita, Little Rock, Lubbock, and El Paso.
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