Greater Kansas City Profile
Home to 2.5 million people, Kansas City is a bi-state region encompassing the Kansas City, MO-KS metropolitan area. It also spans the Lawrence, KS, St. Joseph, MO, and Topeka, KS metropolitan areas, and adjacent non-metro counties that include the cities of Warrensburg and Chillicothe, MO, and Atchison, KS.
In Greater Kansas City, you’ll find:
- One of the fastest growing job markets in the Midwest.
- Lower business and lifestyle costs than most major metropolitan areas.
- A well-educated, extremely productive workforce.
- The most geographically-central major metro in the country.
AMC Entertainment, Hallmark, H&R Block and Sprint are just a few of the nation’s largest companies who’ve chosen to call Kansas City home. Other mainstays of the local business community include: American Century / Black & Veatch / Burns & McDonnell / Cerner Corporation / Collective Brands / Commerce Bancshares / DeBruce Grain / DST Systems / Garmin / Great Plains Energy / Hill’s Pet Nutrition / JE Dunn / Newport Television / Seaboard Corporation / UMB Financial / Westar Energy / YRC Worldwide
Employment in the Kansas City area increased by nearly 10% during the past decade. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Kansas City consistently ranks among the fastest growing major Midwest labor markets.
The Kansas City area is a top U.S. city for supporting small businesses, according to Entrepreneur magazine. Recently, Kansas City was named the No. 1 place in the Midwest and the No. 11 city in the nation to start and grow a business. Other ratings ranging from logistics-friendliness to European investment also recognize Kansas City’s strengths.
Production workers in Kansas City contribute 40% more value added per hour than the national average, as measured by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. And according to a National Center for Health Statistics report, KC workers took fewer sick days than workers in 33 major metros, placing third for overall health of residents.
Kansas City’s cost of living measures below the U.S. average, as reported by ACCRA. This performance makes Kansas City among the most affordable of large US cities. These savings are reflected in workforce costs as well. The average clerical wage in Kansas City is equivalent to the U.S. average and F.I.R.E. salaries are well below the nation’s norm.