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Kansas City

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Meet Kansas City

Located on the western edge of Missouri, Kansas City has become a hub of culture for cuisine, music, and art, making it a top destination for both freelancers and digital nomads.

Although it does not have the designation of being the capital of Missouri, Kansas City is certainly the largest city both in population and total land area. This metropolis is held in high esteem in terms of sports, barbecue, Irish culture, the performing arts, and music, particularly jazz, in not only Missouri but in all of the United States. Due to its significant jazz influence, Kansas City has been designated as a “City of Music” by UNESCO, making it the sole city within the United States to hold that high honor. Being located towards the center of the United States, Kansas City has not been a high-priority travel destination for either domestic or foreign travelers in the past. However, due to exceptional job growth, population growth, and a higher than average GDP per capita, Kansas City is on the verge of becoming a star city in the United States. The area has been particularly popular for digital nomads and freelancers due to the booming tech industry where almost one in every ten citizens are employed in a technical role.

Where to live in Kansas City

One of the best things about Kansas City is its cost of living. When compared to other metropolitan cities throughout the United States, Kansas City has a cost of living cheaper than the national average. The exciting thing about this is that, unlike other metro areas, those that want to live in the city center can do so at a reasonable rate with even students being able to afford one-bedroom apartments in midtown. For those looking for a bit more privacy and personal space, the suburbs have an abundance of safe residential neighborhoods that are even less expensive than the homes located in downtown Kansas City. With that being said, there’s no need to worry about having too far of a commute, as Kansas City has both an expansive bus system that provides passengers with dozens of routes all across the city and a free streetcar that stretches two miles through downtown.

Best Neighborhoods in Kansas City

As with any metropolitan city, the neighborhoods located in and around the downtown area have the most activity. Kansas City boasts the Kansas City Power & Light District. This custom-made district hosts a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options to choose from any day of the week. With any popular district in a growing city like Kansas City, certain neighborhoods have the tendency to become congested from time to time. For those looking to stretch their legs and enjoy a bit more space, look no further than Westside. Lying just outside of downtown Kansas City, Westside is popular for not only its multicultural and multiracial neighborhoods but for its varying architecture. Neighborhoods like Westside and Brookside offer more local dining and shopping than the traditional downtown area while retaining close access to downtown. As with any part of Kansas City, the cost of living is quite reasonable so living preferences often become a choice rather than a necessity.

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Hyde Park

The house is located in the trendy historic Hyde Park neighborhood, centrally located in the inner city half-way between Downtown and the Plaza. Please keep in mind that "eclectic" would describe our immediate surroundings better than "neatly manicured lawns." Nearby mansions were first built in the 1880's and most houses still preserve their original appearance. Coffeeshops, restaurants and bars are within easy walking distance. Downtown, Crown Center, Plaza and Westport are only 5 minutes away, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a pretty walk through the neighborhood and across two parks from the house. There is a little hidden spring that was first used by travelers on the Santa Fe Trail three blocks away, in the shadows of Lumbermen's Row mansions on Janssen Place. The only WWI museum in the US, Liberty Memorial, is also less than 5 minutes from us. I have proudly lived here since 1999 and serve on the neighborhood association's board.

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Library District

This area offers something for everyone. The Downtown location allows easy access to dining, shopping, entertainment, and much more. Located right on Main St in the Library District, there are common necessities such as ATMs, coffee shops, and additional parking if needed. This modern suite is within walking distance to large attractions such as the Power and Light District, Barney Allis Plaza, Kansas City Convention Center, Municipal Auditorium, Sprint Center, and The Grand Ballroom. Getting Around: If you’re traveling on your own, our suite is within easy access to I-70 and I-35. There is also public transportation and Uber is easily accessible given the popular location. Kansas City’s Streetcar connects the River Market area to Crown Center and Union Station. It has stops every 2 blocks down Main Street and the nearest stop is right in front of the building.

Quick Facts About Kansas City

While not the capital of Missouri, Kansas City still has plenty to offer. The city has truly diehard sports fans in both baseball and football, its residents are extremely friendly, and there is no shortage of first-rate coffee shops. If you found those facts interesting, here are just a few additional facts that may interest you when it comes to Kansas City:
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Work in Kansas City

For freelancers and digital nomads looking for work, Kansas City is a gem in the Midwest. Boasting economic growth above the national average, an unemployment rate below the national average, and a plethora of tech jobs, there is no shortage of employment opportunities for young professionals. For those looking for a career outside of the tech industry, there are plenty of choices in the Kansas City area. An ever-growing population has increased demand in a variety of fields including the medical, sales, and culinary fields. In addition, Kansas City hosts a tremendous amount of large organizations looking to hire including the Internal Revenue Service and Hallmark Cards, Inc.

How good is Kansas City for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Kansas City. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Kansas City for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Kansas City

When you think of classic Kansas City cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Kansas City barbecue. This delicacy is based around the use of a thick, tomato-based sauce and a ton of side dishes like French fries, baked beans, coleslaw, and more. While virtually every corner has a Kansas City barbecue restaurant, a few of the most famous options include Arthur Bryant’s, Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. Kansas City is also known for its unique cut of steak. This cut is similar to what you’d find in the New York Strip steak. While you’d think that a city’s signature steak would taste the same in just about any restaurant, there are several eateries vying for the honor of having the best steak in town. Visit 801 Chophouse, J. Gilbert’s, or Jess and Jim’s Steak House to try some of the city’s most well-loved options. What goes better with barbecue or steak than a delicious craft beer? Kansas City is full of unique breweries that are sure to please any palate. Boulevard is a staple in the city and has even been called KC’s crown jewel, so be sure to pay them a visit. Alma Mader dedicates itself to offering unique and specific flavors, while City Barrel sticks to the classics and does them well. Other popular options in the city include KC Bier Co, Torn Label, and Martin City Brewing.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Kansas City

Kansas City is full of attractions for all, no matter what you’re interested in doing when the workday is through. Performing arts are a staple within the city, so you can catch a show with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre or the Kansas City Symphony. The city is also known for its incredibly distinct jazz music, which you can experience in tons of live music venues all throughout KC. If you’re feeling lucky, the Kansas City metro area is home to six casinos for you to enjoy. Kansas City is also full of fascinating museums covering a wide range of topics, from the American Jazz Museum to the Steamboat Arabia Museum and even the Aviation History Museum. If you’re into sports, you can catch a football game with the Chiefs, a baseball game with the Royals, or even a soccer game with Sporting Kansas City. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy right here in KC.

Oceans of Fun

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City

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Loose Park Rose Garden

5200 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City

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J C Nichols Memorial Fountain

47th J C Nichols Pkwy, Kansas City

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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City

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The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden

4800 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City

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SEA LIFE Kansas City

2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City

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