It's been a rough couple years for Kansas City and arbitrary rankings. If we go mostly by Men's Health surveys - and we have no reason to question those -- we're just a clan of fat sacks so lonely we have nothing to do besides stab one another and give strangers chlamydia. Thank god San Antonio's around to make us look good.
Finally there's a top 10 ray of light. Kiplinger has put Kansas City on a list of 10 Great Cities for Young Adults. We owe it all to our ruinous downtown investments and the brand new light rail.
According to Kiplinger:
It may not have the big-city buzz of a Chicago or Houston, but KCMO isUnless there's been some huge development we've just completely missed, there is no light rail under construction. Crap. KC finally gets recognized for something good and it's only because Kiplinger didn't bother to check it's research.
on its way up. The "Paris of the Plains" is in the midst of a $9 billion
downtown development project, which will create a swath of new condos,
apartments, offices, bars and restaurants -- many of them targeted to
young professionals. Unemployment and cost of living are low here as
well, and job prospects are promising. Six Fortune 1000 companies call
Kansas City home.
PROS: Below-average rents, low cost of living, money and momentum
behind future development, innovative jobs in business, research and
technology. The average commute is only 21 minutes.
CONS: Mediocre nightlife and limited cultural offerings (at least
until the downtown development is finished), high crime rate, poor
public transportation (though a light rail is under construction)