Kansas City, MO
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Kansas City is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 488,943 people and 147 constituent neighborhoods, Kansas City is the largest community in Missouri.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kansas City who work in office and administrative support (14.11%), sales jobs (10.20%), and management occupations (8.90%).

Also of interest is that Kansas City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Kansas City is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Kansas City. This makes Kansas City a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Kansas City presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One important feature of Kansas City is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 84.45% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Kansas City anyway. So, if you like to drive, Kansas City is the city for you! The landscape around Kansas City reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The education level of Kansas City citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.47% of adults in Kansas City have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kansas City in 2010 was $29,742, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,968 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 10.17% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kansas City include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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