Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas

Infobox Settlement
official_name = City of Kansas City
settlement_type = City
nickname = Heart of Americahttp://got.net/~landauer/lists/CityOf.html (cf., "Kansas City, Kansas: Heart of America")]

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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Wyandotte, County in the state of Kansas.

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = Kansas
subdivision_name2 = Wyandotte
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor/CEO
leader_name =
leader_title2 = Commissioner
leader_name2 =
established_title = Unified Government
established_date = 1997
area_magnitude =
area_total_sq_mi = 127.8
area_total_km2 = 331.0
area_land_sq_mi = 124.3
area_land_km2 = 321.8
area_water_sq_mi = 3.5
area_water_km2 = 9.2
area_urban_sq_mi =
area_urban_km2 =
population_as_of =
population_footnotes = [cite web | title=Census Bureau Estimates Program (2005) | url=http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005-all.csv | accessdate = ] [cite web | title=Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1 2000 to July 1 2005 (CBSA-EST2005-01) | url=http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metropop/2005/cbsa-01-fmt.csv | accessdate = ]
population_total = 146,866
population_urban =
population_density_km2 = 456.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1149
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code_type = ZIP Code
postal_code = 66101-66113, 66115, 66117-66119, 66160
area_code = 913
elevation_m = 266
elevation_ft = 740
latd = 39 |latm = 6 |lats = 24 |latNS = N
longd = 94 |longm = 40 |longs = 35 |longEW = W
website = http://www.wycokck.org/
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 20-36000GR|2
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Kansas City is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas and is the county seat of Wyandotte County. It is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri and is the third largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The city is part of the "Unified Government" [ [http://www.wycokck.org wycokck.org] ] which also includes the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 146,867. The city is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.

Abbreviations and nicknames

Kansas City, Kansas, is often abbreviated as "KCK", It is also nicknamed the "Heart of America" because it is within 250 miles (400 km) of both the geographic and population centers of the United States. Another nickname is "The Dot" [ [http://www.angelreyesblog.com/2006/12/articles/in-the-news/kck-the-dot-has-it-really-made-good/ KCK, The Dot... Has it Really Made Good?] ] or "The Dotte" [ [http://voices.kansascity.com/node/222 The 'Dotte Is The Spot] ] which pertains to Wyandotte County.


Kansas City, Kansas dates back to the middle of the 1800s. Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) formed in 1868 and incorporated in October 1872. It was one of the nation's 100 largest cities for many US Census counts, from 1890-1960, including 1920, when it had over 100,000 residents for the first time. [ [Media:http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab15.txt] ] . In 1997, voters approved a Unified Government for the county and city.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area, straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, was a good place to build several settlements. When the area was opened to Euro-American settlement, the area became the first battlefield in the conflict over slavery and southern secession that led to the American Civil War. The first city election was held October 22, 1872, by order of Judge Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District, and resulted in the election of Mayor James Boyle. The mayors of the city after its organization have been James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, A. S. Orbison, Eli Teed and Samuel McConnell. John Sheehan was appointed Marshal in 1875, by Mayor Eli Teed. He was also Chief of Police, having a force of five men. In June, 1880, the Governor of Kansas proclaimed the city of Kansas City a city of the second class with the Mayor Samuel McConnell present. James E. Porter was Mayor in 1910. Country music legend Patsy Cline performed her last concert in Kansas City on March 3, 1963, two days before her death.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 127.8 sq mi ( 331.0 km²). 124.3 sq mi (321.8 km²) of it is land and 3.5 sq mi (9.2 km²) of it is water.


Kansas City, Kansas, is organized into a system of neighborhoods, some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events.

Local places

Neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas

* Downtown Kansas City, Kansas
* Argentine, former home to the silver smeltery for which it was named.
* Armourdale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886.
* Armstrong, a town absorbed by Wyandotte.
* Bethel
* Beverly Hills
* Fairfax District, an industrial area along the Missouri River.
* Muncie
* Maywood
* Nearman
* Piper, home to the Kansas Speedway and the Legends Shopping Centre.
* Pomeroy
* Rosedale
* Stoney Point
* Turner, community around the Wyandotte-Johnson County border to the Kansas River north-south, and from I-635 to I-435 east-west.
* Vinewood
* Wolcott
* Welborn

Parks and parkways

* City Park
* Wyandotte County Park
* Wyandotte County Lake Park


Kansas City is situated in "Tornado Alley," a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada collides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms. The region is also prone to ice storms, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks. [ [http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/special_packages/star_history/calamities_crime/12508862.htm KC powerless as icy barrage pummels the area, leaves behind disaster zone] , Accessed 10 September 2006.] The MoKan area was subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951.


1880= 3200
1890= 38316
1900= 51418
1910= 82331
1920= 101177
1930= 121857
1940= 121458
1950= 129553
1960= 121901
1970= 168213
1980= 161087
1990= 149767
2000= 146866
As of the census of 2000, there were 146,866 people, 55,500 households, and 36,241 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,181.9 people per square mile (456.3/km²). There were 61,446 housing units at an average density of 494.5/sq mi (190.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.7% White, 30.12% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.61% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.78% of the population.

There were 55,500 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,011, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $30,992 versus $24,543 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,737. About 13.0% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.


GM Fairfax plant

KCK is the home to the GM Fairfax plant, which manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura.

Village West development

Village West, located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435 (11 miles from Downtown KCK), is a development that has significantly fueled growth in KCK and Wyandotte County. Anchored by the Kansas Speedway, its attractions and retailers include The Legends At Village West, Phoenix Theatres at The Legends 14, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great Wolf Lodge, and CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home to the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League.

Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, a convert|370|acre|km2|sing=on resort and waterpark, is scheduled to open across I-435 from Village West in 2009. There are also plans to open a Hard Rock destination resort casino nearby.

Law and government

Kansas City, Kansas has a consolidated city-county government in which the city and county have been merged into one jurisdiction. As such, it is simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation; and a county, which is an administrative division of a state.

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department was founded in 1898. In 1914, it had one of the first motorcycle units in the nation. By 1918, it was taking photographs and fingerprints of all the felons it arrested.


Of the statistics available in 2000 based on data collected by the FBI as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which represent from arrests made by State and local law enforcement agencies as reported to the FBI, there were a total of 696 incidents. [ [http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/crime/county/20209.html fedstats.gov crime county] ]

Neighboring areas


Other cities in WyCo include:
* Bonner Springs
* Edwardsville


Kansas City, Kansas, neighboring counties includes the following Kansas Counties:
*Johnson County, Kansas
*Leavenworth County, Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas, neighboring counties includes the following Missouri Counties:
*Clay County, Missouri
*Jackson County, Missouri
*Platte County, Missouri


Kansas City owes its existence to its location as a crossroads. It was at the confluence of the Missouri River and Kansas River and the launching pointing for travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Missouri and Kansas were the first states to start building interstates with Interstate 70. An ever increasing number of interstate loops has encouraged suburban sprawl.

Major highways

*, Kansas, to the South.
*, to the West.
*"': A Bi-State Loop through the Missouri and Kansas suburbs.
*"': A southern bypass of I-70 and Southern portion of the downtown loop. Signed as East I-70 when exiting from I-35 while traveling north.
* highways that pass through Kansas City.
*, Kansas.
*, Kansas.
*, and ((Douglas County/Douglas County)), Kansas.

Notable roads

*US-169, 7th Street Trafficway
*South 18th Street Expressway
*State Avenue and Parallel Parkway
*Kansas Avenue and the Turner Diagonal


Kansas City has a variety of architecture points of interest, various historically notable landscapes and many famous and interesting buildings. Kansas City, Kansas is home to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, which covers convert|12500|sqmi|km2 of the Roman Catholic community in eastern Kansas.


The Kansas City Metro's audience, which includes KCK residents, is a stepping stone for many national broadcasters including Walter Cronkite, Rush Limbaugh, and Mancow Muller.

Broadcast media

The Kansas City metro area's media market includes ten television channels along with 30 FM and 21 AM radio stations. KCK residents receive broadcasts from the following stations:

* WDAF-TV 4 - Fox affiliate.
* KCTV 5 - CBS affiliate.
* KMBC-TV 9 - ABC affiliate.
* KCPT 19 - PBS Member Station
* KCWE 29 - The CW affiliate.
* KMCI 38 (independent)
* KSHB-TV 41 - NBC affiliate.
* KPXE 50 - i affiliate.
* KSMO-TV 62 - My Network TV affiliate.
* KUKC-LP 48 - Univision affiliate.

Film community

Kansas City metro area has been a locale for Hollywood productions and television programming. Most notably, the 1983 television movie "The Day After" was filmed in Kansas City metro area and Lawrence, Kansas.


* The Kansan (Daily KC newspaper)
* The Wyandotte Echo (Weekly legal newspaper)
* The Pitch (Alternative weekly newspaper)
* The Record (serving Turner, Argentine and Rosedale)
* Piper Press (serving Piper)
* The Kansas City Call [ [http://www.kccall.com/ The Call ] ] (Weekly African-American newspaper)
* Dos Mundos (Bilingual newspaper)
* The Kansas City Metro Voice
* Kansas City Business Journal
* The Kansas City Star [ [http://www.kansascity.com/ www.kansascity.com | Front Page ] ]

* The Wyandotte West (weekly publication for western Wyandotte Co.)

ites of interest

The Kansas City Memorial Hall is a 3,500-seat indoor arena located in Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas Speedway is a speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The speedway is a 1-1/2 mile tri-oval with 15 degree banking in the turns. The Kansas Speedway held its first race the Winston West Kansas 100 on June 2, 2001. It is used for sporting events and concerts and also has a permanent stage. In 1887, John G. Braecklein constructed a Victorian home for John and Margaret Scroggs in the area of Strawberry Hill. It is a fine example of the Queen Anne Style architecture erected in Kansas City, Kansas.

, located at 2501 Minnesota Avenue, was designated as a Kansas City, Kansas Historic Landmark.

Other sites of interest include:
* the 1917 Argentine Carnegie Library (the only Carnegie library existing in the metropolitan area), [ [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/carnegie/page95.html skyways.lib.ks.us carnegie] ] [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/argpage/argspan/arghomsp.htm Kckpl.lib.ks.us arghomsp] (Spanish)]
* the Fire Station No. 9, [ [http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/Fire_Station_No._9,_Kansas_City,_Kansas archiplanet.org Fire Station No. 9, Kansas_City, Kansas] ] [ [http://www.chwconline.com/images/firestation/FS9-firemen.jpgimage FS9-firemen] ]
* the Granada Theater, [ [http://www.agilitynut.com/theatres/ks.html agilitynut.com theatres ks] ] [ [http://www.screenland.com/theatre/granadaindex.html screenland.com granada] ]
* the Hanover Heights Neighborhood Historic District, [Located beween Olathe Blvd., Frances St., 43rd Ave., and State Line Rd., Kansas City coord|39.051777|-94.609612|type:landmark]
* the Huron Cemetery] , [Downtown KCK]
* the Judge Louis Gates House, ["Prairie School" architect Clarence E. Shepard designed house for Judge Louis R. Gates]
* the Kansas City, Kansas Hall and Fire Headquarters, [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/KSCOLL/lochist/thennow/TN12.htm kckpl.lib.ks.us TN12] ]
* the Quindaro Townsite [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/KSCOLL/lochist/quindaro/quindaro.htm Quindaro, Kansas on the Underground Railroad] ] , [ [http://crm.cr.nps.gov/archive/21-4/21-4-11.pdf The Educational Value of Quindaro Townsite in the 21st Century] ] [ [http://www.kshs.org/resource/ks_preservation/kpmarapr07.pdf Quindaro Townsite Artifacts Find a Permanent Home at KSHS] ]
* the Sauer Castle, [935 Shawnee Rd, Kansas City coord|39.068884|-94.633355|type:landmark]
* the Scottish Rite Temple, [ [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/wyandott/history/1911/volume1/434.html#043512 The Scottish Rite Masons] . skyways.lib.ks.us]
* the Shawnee Street Overpass, [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/kscoll/lochist/rosedale/Chap13.htm Seventh Street Trafficway] ] [now called Shawnee Rd. coord|39.071145|-94.620266|type:landmark]
* the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building,
* the St. Augustine Hall,
* the Theodore Shafer House,
* the Trowbridge Archeological Site, [Harry M. Trowbridge dug around North 61st Street and Leavenworth Road coord|39.143475|-94.71983|type:landmark]
* the Westheight Manor District, [North 18th Street to North 25th Street, State Avenue to Wood Avenue coord|39.120272|-94.654212|type:landmark, which is just north of the Wyandotte High School]
* the White Church Christian Church, [Built with native stone in 1832, oldest Kansas church still in use. It is located at 2200 N 85th St. coord|39.130776|-94.775587|type:landmark]
* the Wyandotte County Courthouse and
* the land of the Muncie area.
* the ASB Bridge

The Grinter Place is near the Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine") which allowed passage from the old Indian trail when that trail met the waters of the Kaw River. In 1826, Tenskwatawa established a village in Turner and later moved to Whitefeather Spring in Argentine.

Educational institutions

Kansas City/Wyandotte County Kansas Schools and School Districts


* Kansas City Kansas Community College
* Kansas City Kansas Area Technical School

chool systems

* Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
* Piper Unified School District
* Turner Unified School District # 202
* Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools

econdary education

*Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City
*Fairfax Learning Center, Kansas City
*J. C. Harmon High School, Kansas City
*Piper High School, Kansas City
*F. L. Schlagle High School, Kansas City
*Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB), Kansas City
*Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Kansas City
*Turner High School, Kansas City (Turner, Kansas)
*Washington High School, Kansas City
*Wyandotte High School, Kansas City

ister Cities

Kansas City has four sister cities, as designated by [http://www.sister-cities.org/ Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI)] :

*flagicon|Austria Linz, Austria
*flagicon|Croatia Karlovac, Croatia
*flagicon|Mexico Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico
*flagicon|France Metz, France


External links

* [http://www.wycokck.org/ Official government website]
* [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us Public Library]

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