“Not only is the Kansas City area emerging as a world-class center for life sciences research, it’s also a great place to live.”
The Kansas City region is attracting world class researchers, but not just because of state-of-the-art research facilities or technology infrastructure. They’re also coming in part because of a well-kept secret — Kansas City is a very livable city.
Greater Kansas City, which straddles the border of Missouri and Kansas and is home to nearly 2 million, does surprise newcomers with its urban sophistication and hometown friendliness. Centrally located, Kansas City boasts a family friendliness, affordability and quality of life that can’t be beat by either Coast.
Called the City of Fountains (ranked only behind Rome for the most), Kansas City has much to offer—great food, first-class museums, performing arts, shopping, festivals, theme parks, professional sports teams and more. And within a 2-mile radius of several KCALSI stakeholder institutions—Stowers, MRI, KUMC, UMKC and Saint Luke’s Hospital—you’ll find the world-class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district and historic Westport, known for its boutiques and nightspots.
KC’s nightlife is also in full swing—you can wile the night away enjoying live music, ballet, theater, comedy or poetry slams at local coffeehouses. And with Kansas City’s rich jazz heritage, you can immerse yourself in the latest riffs at local nightclubs or revisit jazz greats such as Kansas City’s own Count Basie and Charlie “Bird” Parker at the American Jazz Museum.
“…what Kansas City lacks in coastline it makes up for in central location, livability, friendliness and affordability – not to mention the unsurpassed excellence of their BBQ.”— Pharmaceutical Technology
Take a look at area sites and see for yourself what a great place Kansas City is:
Kansas City Links
- Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Experience Kansas City
- Kansas City Area Development Council
- Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
- The Business Journal of Kansas City