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Old 03-13-2012, 12:53 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, 01:30 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 03-13-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Will you be working too? You can certainly survive on $4 more than the minimum wage (which is what a total of about $11 or $12 an hour right?) but it's going to be very tight. But then again, the KC metro area is way way cheaper to live in than Seattle, so I suspect you'll be in a better position here.

I'd never even heard of Edwardsville, but it abuts up to a bunch of suburbs of Kansas City, MO, so whether you're looking for urban, rural or suburban it's real easy to find. If you can give us a better idea of what your housing budget will be (and if you want a 1 bedroom apartment or a house for that price) we can definitely offer you some more tailored suggestions. Best of luck!
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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I'd like to put in my two cents because I recently moved from Seattle and noticed an immediate difference. Salary wise, the move was very lateral or slightly less if I take into account the extra income tax I'll be paying.

But on the expense side of things, it's been unbelievable! I can buy twice as many groceries here that I could in Seattle. In fact, my entire cost of living consisting of rent, food, 1/2 utilities, and fun money has been cut in half.

KCMO pointed out the many offerings in the area, not to mention 80+ temps in March (Seattle was 39 today, KC was 82).
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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i would like to avoid the big city i enjoy smaller towns i use to live on whidbey island washington when i was younger which is a island that sleeps by 8oclock there wasnt much there but just enough ! i would like to be some what smaller town but still have the stores we need like grocery shopping and a few shopping stores would be nice. i really dont enjoy seattle at all and would like to avoid moving to another place just like it !
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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i would like to avoid the big city i enjoy smaller towns i use to live on whidbey island washington when i was younger which is a island that sleeps by 8oclock there wasnt much there but just enough ! i would like to be some what smaller town but still have the stores we need like grocery shopping and a few shopping stores would be nice. i really dont enjoy seattle at all and would like to avoid moving to another place just like it !
In that case since I had you all wrong , you might really like Bonner Springs or just a bit further away Basehor, Desoto or Lansing. There is nothing in Edwardsville.

The Bonner Springs area would probably be best since it would be close to work yet it's a small town. It also has basic services like Walmart yet is very close to the Village West retail area near the Speedway which has everything else you would ever need.

Western Shawnee and western Lenexa along K-7 or Renner Blvd might have something, but that area is more affluent and suburban and so apartments probably run higher.

The Oak Park mall area is more "big city" suburbia. More traffic and housing will be more. There are some pretty shady apartment complexes near Oak Park Mall and you will pay quite a bit more in that area for a nice apartment than in a more rural area like Bonner or Desoto.

Again, Kansas City, MO is the primary "Downtown" of the metro, not Kansas City, KS. People call it KCK for short. Kansas City, MO is just called KC. There is almost no demand to live in downtown KCK. Even places west of KCK (like Bonner Springs) are considered suburbs of KCMO. Just some local geography for you to chew on.

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Old 03-13-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Will you be working too? You can certainly survive on $4 more than the minimum wage (which is what a total of about $11 or $12 an hour right?) but it's going to be very tight. But then again, the KC metro area is way way cheaper to live in than Seattle, so I suspect you'll be in a better position here.

I'd never even heard of Edwardsville, but it abuts up to a bunch of suburbs of Kansas City, MO, so whether you're looking for urban, rural or suburban it's real easy to find. If you can give us a better idea of what your housing budget will be (and if you want a 1 bedroom apartment or a house for that price) we can definitely offer you some more tailored suggestions. Best of luck!
what is the kc metro? i would like to avoid a big city lived by seattle by whole life and want something new ! we would like to find a 1 bed apartment for around 600 and i would like be in a small town but still have stores near by if thats possible. his job will be 15 min from the oak park mall and we would like to stay atleast 10 miles from that area i have looked in overland park and it seems a bit pricy but we are not picky and were not looking for anything fancy just a place to get us until we can look at the areas a little more !
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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what is the kc metro?
Kansas City, MO/KS metropolitan area. Kansas City, Missouri is the core "big" city that is surrounded by suburbs and satellite cities in Missouri and Kansas forming a metro area of about 2.1 million people.

KC metro is where you are moving .

I posted a few ideas that would be more to your liking above.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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I used to live in kck and there are some good apartments there in western kck.
I would also suggest trying edwarsville and bonner springs kansas.

look up bonner springs chieftain and look for housing rentals. there is and apartment complex called bonner highlands. if I can come up with others I will post.
edwardsville is west of kck and a small community. you probably would like it.
also try lawrence journal world. or try shawnee kansas. good luck.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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try bonner springs chieftain go to classifieds then to rentals. go to the left hand side of page for bonner and edwardsville and others.

also try River City Rentals. they have all kinds of places. good luck
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