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Just the Basics
Nicknames: KC ∙ City of Fountains ∙ Heart of America
- Metropolitan population of 2 million (15-county metropolitan statistical area)
- Kansas City is the 26th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
- Four of the area’s largest cities are Kansas City, Mo. (447, 306); Overland Park, Kan. (166,722); Kansas City, Kan. (143,801) and Olathe, Kan. (114,662)
- Kansas City is a bi-state metro area that straddles the Missouri-Kansas line
- It is the most centrally located major metropolitan area in the U.S.
- It is the only major city located within 250 miles of both the geographic and population centers of the nation
- The maximum distance from Kansas City to anywhere in the contiguous U.S. is approximately 1,900 miles, or half the distance from coast to coast
- If you’re flying, Kansas City is just a three-hour flight from either coast
Kansas City Traditions
- World-Famous Barbecue – The city’s signature food is served up at more than 100 barbecue establishments, each boasting its personal house specialty. The secret to KC-style barbecue is that it’s slow smoked for up to 18 hours, usually over hickory.
- Dazzling Fountains – Kansas City is home to more than 200 fountains—more than any other city in the world except Rome, Italy. Our nickname is the City of Fountains.
- Swinging Jazz – From the roaring ‘20s to the early ‘40s, jazz reigned in Kansas City, producing the swinging signature sound that became known as Kansas City-style Jazz. Live jazz can be heard regularly at more than 20 area nightclubs.