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Old 02-03-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande
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Question What is the difference between Kansas City KS and MO? I'm totally clueless

I hate being so ignorant, but truth be told, I don't know the difference between Kansas City Kansas and Kansas City MO. I see it on a map, but don't know anything about it. It does seem pretty od that one city is divided between two states.
Which is the better side to live? Are taxes worse in KS or MO? ANY information would be gratefully accepted.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I hate being so ignorant, but truth be told, I don't know the difference between Kansas City Kansas and Kansas City MO. I see it on a map, but don't know anything about it. It does seem pretty od that one city is divided between two states.
It's not really one city in two states, it's two cities in two states that have the name Kansas City and another 50 or so suburbs and towns in both states.

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Which is the better side to live? Are taxes worse in KS or MO? ANY information would be gratefully accepted.
Way too many variables. Taxes tend to even out, but there are so many different areas on both sides of the state line to really compare the two as a whole. KCK alone is no comparison to KCMO, but when you compare the entire KS side to the MO side, there is just too much. Just know the "urban" side is KCMO, that's where the condos, lofts, etc are.

KCK is basically an industrial, blue collar suburb of "KC" or KC,MO.

KCK only has about 130-140,000 residents, the entire county has about 150k while KCMO has about 475,000 residents (some say it's over 500k now).

When you think "KC" or you hear about KC, it's usually KCMO. That's where the downtown, sports teams, arenas etc are. All the museums, entertainment districts, the zoo, amusement parks, major airports are also in KCMO. KCMO has the "urban core" of the metro while the KCK is has some urban type areas but really nothing near as intense or dense as KCMO. KCMO has a very suburban side as well. Many of the metro’s fastest growing suburban areas are actually within the outlying portions of KCMO so the city has a very wide spectrum of housing from 30 story high rise condo towers to suburban mcmansions.

KCMO also has a wide employment spectrum from Hallmark and H&R Block to Ford and Harley Davidson assembly plants while KCK is primarily industrial and downtown KCK is mostly county/city office buildings.

People try to think of KCMO and KCK as a “twin cities” type area, but that’s just not the case. Actually, suburban Johnson County, KS is much larger than KCK and most would consider “JoCo” a suburb of KCMO, not KCK. The Metro KC area has about 2.1 million residents, 800k of them on the KS side.

KCK is presently experiencing tremendous suburban type growth on the far west side of town near the speedway, but this area is very much disconnected from the built up areas of KCK and sort of functions as a stand alone suburb even though it’s technically in KCK.

Confused?

KCMO







KCK (trying to locate photos of KCK)

Kansas Side suburbs (Johnson County)





Too be fair, there are plenty of areas in KCMO (mostly north of river) and other MO side suburbs that look like the last couple photos...

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Old 02-03-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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My opinion: I wouldn't live in Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri. I live on the Kansas side, in Johnson County (Kansas City, Kansas is Wyandotte County) - a suburb of Kansas City. Johnson County is wealthier and more upscale than Jackson or Wyandotte County. Johnson County has lower crime and top rated school districts (Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley). Taxes are about the same, maybe slightly more in Johnson County, but when it snows our roads are cleaned and we don't have trash blowing down the street and we don't have potholes in the roads. That's why I live here. kcmo will disagree; he likes Kansas City, Missouri. I don't. Overland Park is always listed on Money (?) magazine's list of best places to live.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande
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Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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KCMO is the more urban core of the city with the typical city nightlife, loft style housing ect. There are also more suburban areas to KCMO like the rest of the city.

Kansas City, KS has tons of history, but has declined over the years. The Kansas City, KS lies in Wyandotte County and the entire area is going under revitilization with a relatively new Nascar track and other development.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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KCMO is the more urban core of the city with the typical city nightlife, loft style housing ect. There are also more suburban areas to KCMO like the rest of the city.

Kansas City, KS has tons of history, but has declined over the years. The Kansas City, KS lies in Wyandotte County and the entire area is going under revitilization with a relatively new Nascar track and other development.
I wouldn't say "entire area", a mile are two radius of the speedway is hardly all of Wyandotte County, as a matter of fact, it's all new development with many miles of open land to the east of 435. Not what I would call "revitalization", more like KCK found a way to build a suburb. Most of WyCo looks the same (or worse) than it did in 1980. That's not a slam, that's disappointment. KCK could be so much more and I think they really wasted an opportunity to leverage at least some of the revenue from the speedway area to do something, anything east of 435....let alone east of 635. So far the growth by the speedway has only created more blight (samantha's fav word!) as places like Cracker Barrel and Walmart have or are closing along State Ave, I-70 etc.

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Old 02-04-2010, 06:42 AM
 
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Yup, others have covered it. Not one city, two different cities, two different states.
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Okay, perhaps not the entire area, but there has also been some revitilization downtown with the new casino and a new loft buildings.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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My opinion: I wouldn't live in Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri. I live on the Kansas side, in Johnson County (Kansas City, Kansas is Wyandotte County) - a suburb of Kansas City. Johnson County is wealthier and more upscale than Jackson or Wyandotte County. Johnson County has lower crime and top rated school districts (Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley). Taxes are about the same, maybe slightly more in Johnson County, but when it snows our roads are cleaned and we don't have trash blowing down the street and we don't have potholes in the roads. That's why I live here. kcmo will disagree; he likes Kansas City, Missouri. I don't. Overland Park is always listed on Money (?) magazine's list of best places to live.
I live in Kansas City, MO... in Clay county, and KCMO also has parts of Platte...

which are both well off with school districts and wealthy areas.

And I don't think I'd EVER consider Johnson County more upscale then Jackson..... Jackson may have it's bad areas, but Johnson County has nothing even close to the level of the areas around the Plaza, North Hyde Park, and Ward Parkway....

Johnson County just has your typical suburbs, of which the KCMO side has plenty of the same...
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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Okay, perhaps not the entire area, but there has also been some revitilization downtown with the new casino and a new loft buildings.
I think the Casino is going in by the speedway? May be wrong..

kansascity.com has some renditions, it looks pretty bland, but im sure it will do fine... where there are casinos there are always people willing to spend..
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