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Old 03-13-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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so me and my boyfriend are moving to kansas city in may due to his job relocating. and i know nothing about kansas i have never really been out of washington! living here in washington at his job now he barley makes enough money to survive on but in kansas he will be making over 4 dollars over the min. wage and we were wondering if that would be enough to live comfortably there? i have heard some bad things about the state and some good things and its making me a little scared for the move. his job is going to be in edwardsville by a river so we would like to stay near that and i would like to know what towns are close by? i have been looking for apartments but i dont even know were to start since i dont know the state at all ! i was hoping someone could try and answer my questions to make this move alil easier!
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Edwardsville, is a very small industrial town that is in a pretty rural area. Coming from Seattle, I would think Edwardsville and western Wyandotte County in general may freak you out and make you wonder what you were thinking.

But...

The Greater Kansas City area offers plenty.

First off, the core of the city such as the downtown, the tall buildings, the stadiums, museums, the urban entertainment districts and condo/loft districts etc are all in Kansas City, Missouri as is the airport, amusement park, zoo etc. Kansas City, MO is the Seattle while KCK is more like Tacoma, only not as nice as Tacoma.

So if you want something urban or where young people live and walkable areas etc, than you will generally have to look at the MO side of the city.

If you want suburbs, they surround KC in both MO and KS, but you will probably want to look south and southeast of Edwardville in Johnson County, Kansas in cities like Shawnee, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Roeland, Park, Olathe etc.

Kansas City, Kansas is basically a blue collar industrial suburb of KCMO, sort of like Camden, NJ is to Philly, that has wierd countryfied suburban areas on the west side of the city. While it has a booming retail district near the speedway way out on its outskirts, the city is generally not that appealing and coming from Washington and Seattle, you will notice a bizzare mix of urban/rural culture there. KCK is an odd place and I can't imagine any part of Wyandotte County appealing to anybody from a coastal state. But I could be wrong.

Go 10 miles east into KCMO and you are in a city that compares to many large urban cities or go 10 miles south into JoCo and you are in a typical big city suburban area that could easily be in AZ, CA or WA (just less water and trees than WA) but KCK, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville etc may be a bit of culture shock for you.

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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so me and my boyfriend are moving to kansas city in may due to his job relocating. and i know nothing about kansas i have never really been out of washington! living here in washington at his job now he barley makes enough money to survive on but in kansas he will be making over 4 dollars over the min. wage and we were wondering if that would be enough to live comfortably there? i have heard some bad things about the state and some good things and its making me a little scared for the move. his job is going to be in edwardsville by a river so we would like to stay near that and i would like to know what towns are close by? i have been looking for apartments but i dont even know were to start since i dont know the state at all ! i was hoping someone could try and answer my questions to make this move alil easier!
4 dollars over minimum wage won't make a comfortable living, but it will be easier than the Seattle area. Most cost of living is cheaper in Kansas, everything from rent to gas to food will be cheaper. The weather will be different than what you are used to .Hotter muggy summers, cold blustery winters.
You might want to try looking just west of Edwardsville in Bonner Springs or maybe south to Shawnee for apartments. I would not live in Kansas City, Kansas myself. Too many urban problems there.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Jackson, WY
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Kansas City Kansas is hilly and has lots of nooks and crannys. Sometimes an area that looks bad is only a few hills and turns from an area that is much better. You probally want to look along Leventhsworth Rd. or State Highway 5 going west. You might also want to look along highway 7 going north and south. I don't know what Rent is these days but given that KCK is a Blue Collar industrial city most people are getting by on around what your guy is going to make.
I probally wouldn't want to look east of about 78th.

The only thing is if you get too far; North ,South or West you bump into Bed Room communities and a little higher rents. Wyandotte County Lake is a Jewell. It will be beautiful in May. I wouldn't be afraid to cross the river and look around in North Kansas City or Parkville in Missouri.
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