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Locations: Kansas City, Missouri

Moving to Kansas CityMoving to Kansas City?  Sitting right on the border of Missouri and Kansas, Kansas Cityhas acquired many nicknames over the years highlighting some of the stereotypical favorites of the city.  Lightheartedly called Cowtown, and more proudly knownas the BBQ Capital, Kansas City boasts over 90 barbeque restaurants in the metro area.  The city has also earned the nickname City of Fountains because it has more fountains than any other city aside from Rome, Italy.  Beyond thename, Kansas City has become an increasinglypopular place to raise a family due largely in part to its casual and friendly culture.

Film festivals, outdoor concerts, restaurants, museums, casinos, sporting events, and recreational parks are just some of what this city has to offer.  You’ll find a little bit of everything at the Country Club Plaza, including great restaurants, shops, a movie theater, horse-Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Gardendrawn carriage rides, and live entertainment.  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the city’s most popular museums because it offers an extensive indoor art collection, as well as a 22-acre sculpture park.  Spend the day honoring your favorite jazz artist of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s at the American Jazz Museum.  You’ll find memorabilia, rare photographs and music recordings, films, and a jazz club.  For those who love history, the Liberty Memorial and National WWI Museum is the official United States WWI museum honoring those who served in the war.  If you’re looking for something beyond the museum scene, the Kansas City Riverboats is a popular destination for dining, shopping, entertainment, and gambling.  Kansas City also has a great public park system, where the family can enjoy water slides, playgrounds, lakes and nature trails. 

Though rivaled by places like Memphis and Texas for the best BBQ, Kansas City definitely holds a place in American culture for outstanding BBQ.  Sample some of the traditional Kansas City meats and sauces, and decide for yourself.  The city offers BBQ in upscale restaurants, casual backyard atmospheres, and outdoor public rib festivals.  There’s even a Kansas City BBQ Society with 6,000 members around the world that holds classes, events and contests surrounding BBQ.  If you want the complete Kansas City BBQ experience, don’t miss the annual American Royal BBQ where you can show off your own BBQ skills or just reap the benefits of other BBQ masters.

Kansas City is dotted with many small neighborhoods, many of which have their own neighborhood organization dedicated to community development.  The River Market area in downtown Kansas City is filled with lofts, condos and office space, and is the site of a popular farmers market.  The historic district of 18th and Vine is well known as one of the most influential places in jazz history, and today is rich in African American culture.  Quality Hill, one of the city’s upscale neighborhoods, is seen as one of the best examples of a successful urban renewal project in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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