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Old 01-28-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I'm new here and hoping you guys can help me. My husband is coming out of the Army in a couple of months and is pretty much guaranteed a job in Kansas City. We are an interracial couple, him black, me white, and we have a son. We are very quiet people, not into partying, etc.

I need to know the best areas to live. I need safe areas to go walk my son, quiet neighborhoods if possible. I also would like neighborhoods where race won't be a huge issue. Can you guys help me out? Thanks a lot
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:43 PM
 
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Kansas City is a pretty big metro. You will get a lot more responces by giving some more details on where he will work and the type of area you want to live in. Suburban (inner or outer suburbs). urban? typical sprawl or do you want walkable? Do you like recreation and want to be near lakes or bike trails? Do you want a yard, is a townhouse an option? What is your max commute? Do you want to be near the airport? Do you want new construction? Do you want good public schools or is private an option? KC has a lot of nice suburbs on both sides of the state line and some good urban core options too. The MO side suburbs will offer more interesting topography and have more vibrant downtown districts like Liberty, Lee's Summit, NKC and Parkville. The KS side is more built out because its flatter, but it has a different feel. MO side burbs are more like what you see in St Louis, Nashville etc, while KS is more like the Dallas suburbs.

Don't think the race thing will be much of an issue anywhere in metro KC.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:20 AM
 
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Thanks for your response. He is getting a job with AT&T, either in KC, MO, Independence or Lenexa I think it was. We definitely want a yard if possible, and would like a safe neighborhood for walking. would prefer suburban if possible. Commute preferably around 30 minutes, if possible. Schools aren't really an issue, we homeschool. Thanks for all your help
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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Also thank you for describing both sides of the town for me. Really put it into perspective, I've been to most of those cities
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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I'd try to pin them down on the work location before you decide where to live, especially if your max commute is 30 minutes. You cannot get from one side of the metro to the other in 30 minutes.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Okay thank you. I double checked, it is for US-Missouri-Kansas City, US-Missouri-Independence , US-Missouri-Parkville. Does that help?
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Kansas City, Missouri itself is huge, so I can't give you much help there.

If working in Parkville, you can live in Parkville, Kansas City (north of the river) or Gladstone easily. Park Hill and North Kansas City are good school districts.

If working in Independence, you can live in Lee's Summit and send kids to Lee's Summit schools.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:13 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I'm new here and hoping you guys can help me. My husband is coming out of the Army in a couple of months and is pretty much guaranteed a job in Kansas City. We are an interracial couple, him black, me white, and we have a son. We are very quiet people, not into partying, etc.

I need to know the best areas to live. I need safe areas to go walk my son, quiet neighborhoods if possible. I also would like neighborhoods where race won't be a huge issue. Can you guys help me out? Thanks a lot
You'll find that being an interracial couple in most parts of Kansas City is not a big deal at all. The farther you move away from the city into small towns (I'm thinking like Smithville and stuff), maybeeee it will be less common, but I doubt anyone cares or your son will have any issues.

I grew up north of the river and absolutely loved it. My parents live about 3 exits south of the KCI airport. They live right off I-29 so although they live in the suburbs, most of downtown/westport/plaza are all extremely close so I don't mind driving into the city at all. If you're looking for specific subdivisions/neighborhoods north of the river, I can definitely help you there.

Most areas outside of KC (as others have mentioned, KC metro is a huge area and there are many surrounding suburban areas) have nice little subdivisions where you pay an HOA fee and you have a pool and some other amenities, as well as living around lots of other kids. My parents live in a subdivision called Walden near many others, and I consider it the "shire" and hope they never leave it. Let me know if this helps!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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Awesome, thank you so much for your help!!
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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You'll find that being an interracial couple in most parts of Kansas City is not a big deal at all. The farther you move away from the city into small towns (I'm thinking like Smithville and stuff), maybeeee it will be less common, but I doubt anyone cares or your son will have any issues.
Interracial couples will have problems in racist KC, the town is very conservative and is stuck in an era from about 20-30 years ago. People here are very slow to accept change.
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