5 Reasons to Move to Kansas City in 2016!

January 15, 2016

By Kelly Wurth

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Image by Allen Brewer

I am always telling the Realtors I work with to share "local" content that their clients will find useful so today I decided I should follow my own advice.  I truly hope you enjoy this quick article and find it something you can share with your social media audiences to help grow your clientele and referral list.  

Here's a list of 5 great reasons to move to Kansas City this year!

1.    Sports

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Image by Sanden

If you love sports then you can definitely find a “winning” team to cheer for here in Kansas City.  In 2015 Sporting KC won the U.S. Open Cup. The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series and the Kansas City Chiefs are currently in the play-offs.  GO CHIEFS!  What more could you ask for!

 

2.  Community

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One of the many things you will find in Kansas City is the wonderful atmosphere of a kind and friendly community.  It’s got a truly Midwestern vibe.  Through the good and bad you will always find that the community bands together in celebration and support.  You will find this atmosphere whether your in your children’s schools, at the grocery store, in your neighborhood or in a crowd of 200,000 Kansas Citians after the Royals won the World Series this year. 

 

 

 

The other thing I really enjoy about the community of KC is the culture.  Whether its sports or the arts KC is always striving to provide many opportunities for learning and entertainment.  I’ve already given you the lowdown on professional sports, but for arts a couple of my faves are Nelson Atkins Museum and of course the new Kauffman Center

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Image by Hayden Gascoigne

If your looking to learn more about specific residential neighborhoods checkout Walk Score to get a better understanding of what amenities are in close proximity to specific neighborhoods.  Maybe you have kiddos and want to research the local school systems and school district boundary lines.  Go to Realtor.com to get specific local and neighborhood stats on the housing market.  

If your a professional looking for continued education or a student looking to apply to college you will find some wonderful institutions for higher education that won’t take you too far from home.  The University of Kansas Edward Campus and Baker University in Overland Park, KS both provide excellent opportunities to get Master's degrees in multiple areas of study via online classes and/or classes offered in the evenings. 

1.     Johnson County Community College

2.     Kansas State University

3.     University of Kansas

4.     University of Missouri

5.     Baker University

 

3.  Family

There are many family activities available here in KC.  I’ve already mentioned the professional sports, but if your child isn’t quite ready for the pros there are an endless number of quality soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc. complexes where your child can improve their skills and dream about being the next Alex Smith or Abby Wambach one day!  One prime example is Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex.  Click here to see a video tour!

Interested in outdoor activities checkout one of the many Parks and Recreational facilities such as;  Johnson County Parks and Recreation or Jackson County Parks and Recreation.  If you are an avid golfer checkout these top rated courses.  Or maybe you just want to practice your swing in a super cool environment where you can relax and enjoy the company of co-workers or family and friends (kids of all ages welcome).  If so head over to Top Golf in Overland Park, KS.  

For a list of kids activities, including summer camps, click here or here.  Some of my favorite kids venues include Union Station, Science City, Legoland or choose from one of the many movie theatres

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Image by Kelly Wurth

When I say "family" that also includes the furry kind.  It’s seems their is a true love for our furry friends here in KC.  Almost everyone I know has at least one dog if not multiple and/or a couple of cats.  The market for dog bakeries and doggie daycare is unbelievable.  So if you have furry friends you will be in good company.  Here is a list of local spots that will welcome your pooch with open arms when you want to get out and about on the town.  Check out the list of Parks and Recreation above to find some off leash dog parks where your pup can enjoy some well-deserved freedom. 

 

 

 

 

4.  Jobs

Sadly most of us have to work for a living so I thought I should add in a quick snippet about the local job market.  According to wallethub.com the job market in Kansas City and surrounding suburbia (Overland Park, KS) for 2016 looks pretty good.  Checkout their report which takes into account many factors such as; number of job opportunities, employment growth, median salary, unemployment rate, median annual income, commuting time, housing affordability, transportation costs, safety, and recreation to name a handful. 

5.  Last, but NOT least...Food & Entertainment

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Image by Kelly Wurth

Kansas City is well known for its barbecue, but the options available to Foodies goes way beyond that.  From some of the best Farm to Table restaurants to greasy spoons, ethnic cuisine and some of the most delicious steak you’ve ever had, its all right here.  To find some of the best restaurants in every nook and cranny of the Kansas City area checkout the KC Restaurant Guide.   Or maybe you are looking to cook a family meal at home.  Head over to one of the many Farmers Markets across KC and see what the locals have to offer from fresh produce to jams & jellies, free range meat, cheese and seriously delicious baked goods. 

To learn from some of the best Foodies checkout top food bloggers located right here in KC.  If your looking to get a taste of KC your just in time for the annual Kansas City Restaurant Week which starts on Friday Jan 15th.

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Image by Kelly Wurth

Whether your looking to get together for a night on the town or a cup of joe there are endless possibilities.  Besides your local Starbucks checkout these local coffee shops.   For a little more action on the weekend checkout this list.  From Downtown Power & Light to Westport, Waldo, Brookside, the Country Club Plaza, the Legends, Zona Rosa and Martini Corner if you can’t find what your looking for then I don’t know what to tell you.  Even in south Johnson County suburbia there are many new shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment venue’s opening constantly such as Prairie Fire, Town Center Plaza and Park Place.  The good times are endless!  Keep tabs on the areas that interest you because there is always something going on such as arts and craft fairs, free concerts or restaurant/happy hour specials. 

 

Speaking of happy hour I must tell you about our fantastic local breweries and wineries.  Stop into any of these breweries to cool off on a hot summer day.  Spring or Fall in KC are great times to stop into any of these wineries listed here or here.  My personal faves are Boulevard Brewing, of course, as well as Wines by Jennifer (Parkville is a great day trip), Belvoir Winery, KC Wine Co, and Van Till Winery (great wood fired pizza!). 

Image by Kelly Wurth

Image by Kelly Wurth

There is no doubt that I have missed some fabulous places in KC because there are so many its impossible to remember them all.  Please add comments below in regards to some of your favorite places in KC to share with others who are new to the area or maybe have been here for awhile but are looking to try something new.  If you are new to the area remember there is both a Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO as well as many wonderful outlying suburbs so don't be afraid to ask for directions!  Thanks so much!

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