Kansas City, KS

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Living in Kansas City

Kansas City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 152,958 people and 66 constituent neighborhoods, Kansas City is the third largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kansas City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kansas City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kansas City who work in office and administrative support (11.94%), sales jobs (8.76%), and food service (6.89%).

The percentage of adults in Kansas City who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.11% of the adults in Kansas City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kansas City in 2010 was $20,915, which is low income relative to Kansas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,660 for a family of four. However, Kansas City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kansas City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kansas City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kansas City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Kansas City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 29.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kansas City include German, Irish, English, African, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kansas City's cultural character, accounting for 17.53% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Kansas City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.