Kansas City, Kansas

county seat of Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States

Kansas City is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is the county seat of Wyandotte County. Kansas City is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri and is the third largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. About two million people live in this region. The city is part of the "Unified Government".[2] This also includes the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 146,867. The city is at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.

Kansas City, Kansas
Fountains at Kansas Legends Outlets in the Village West district in Kansas City, Kansas
Fountains at Kansas Legends Outlets in the Village West district in Kansas City, Kansas
Location within Wyandotte County and Kansas
Location within Wyandotte County and Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas is located in the United States
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 39°6′24″N 94°40′35″W / 39.10667°N 94.67639°W / 39.10667; -94.67639[1]
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1872, 1886
 • MayorDavid Alvey
 • Total128.38 sq mi (332.50 km2)
 • Land124.81 sq mi (323.26 km2)
 • Water3.57 sq mi (9.25 km2)
Elevation869 ft (265 m)
 • Total145,786
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66101-66113, 66115, 66117-66119, 66160
Area code913
FIPS code20-36000[1]
GNIS ID0478635[1]

History change

Kansas City formed in 1868. It was first officially mentioned in October 1872. The Kansas-Missouri border area became the first battlefield in the conflict over slavery that led to the American Civil War. The first city election was held on October 22, 1872. It resulted in the election of Mayor James Boyle. The mayors of the city after its organization have been James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, A. S. Orbison, Eli Teed and Samuel McConnell. John Sheehan was appointed Marshal in 1875. He was also Chief of Police. He had the control over five policemen. In June 1880, the Governor of Kansas made the city of Kansas City a city of the second class with the Mayor Samuel McConnell present. James E. Porter was Mayor in 1910.

It was one of the 100 largest cities for many US Census counts, from 1890 to 1960, including 1920, when it had over 100,000 residents for the first time.[3] In 1997, voters approved a proposition to unify the city and county governments.

On March 30, 2011, Internet search company Google Inc. announced that Kansas City had been selected as the site of an experimental fiber-optic network that Google will build at no cost to the city. Kansas City was chosen from a field of 1,100 US communities that had applied for the network. Google plans to have the network in operation by 2012.[4]

Government change

  • Joe Reardon
Board of Commissioners
  • At-Large District 1, Mayor Pro Tem, Rev Mark Holland
  • At-Large District 2, John J. Mendez
  • District 1, Nathaniel Barnes
  • District 2, William J (Bill) Miller
  • District 3, Ann Brandau-Murguia
  • District 4, Mark Mitchell
  • District 5, Mike Kane
  • District 6, Particia Huggins Pettey
  • District 7, Thomas R. Cooley
  • District 8, Benoyd M. Ellison

Geography change

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 127.8 sq mi (331.0 km2). 124.3 sq mi (321.8 km2) of it is land and 3.5 sq mi (9.2 km2) of it is water.

Cityscape change

Kansas City is organized into a system of neighborhoods, some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events.

Neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas

  • Downtown Kansas City, Kansas
  • Argentine, former home to the silver smeltery for which it was named.
  • Armourdale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886.
  • Armstrong, a town absorbed by Wyandotte.
  • Bethel
  • Fairfax District, an industrial area along the Missouri River.
  • Muncie
  • Maywood
  • Nearman
  • Piper
  • Pomeroy, late 1800s-early 1900s Train Depot, Trading Post, Saw Mill, and river landing for barges to load-unload.
  • Rosedale
  • Stoney Point
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Turner, community around the Wyandotte-Johnson County border to the Kansas River north-south, and from I-635 to I-435 east-west.
  • Vinewood
  • Wolcott
  • Welborn

Parks and parkways change

  • City Park
  • Wyandotte County Park
  • Wyandotte County Lake Park

Climate change

Kansas City is near "Tornado Alley", a region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada meets warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. This situation causes the formation of powerful storms. The most recent tornado to strike Kansas City itself was in May 2003. The region is also prone to ice storms, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks.[5] The MoKan area was subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951.

Source: U.S. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina.
Notes: Temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit. Dew point is a humidity measure in degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation includes rain and melted snow or sleet in inches.
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high 41 43 54 66 75 84 90 88 80 69 54 42
Average low 21 25 34 46 56 66 71 69 61 49 36 26
Warmest 75 81 91 95 103 108 112 113 109 98 83 74
Coldest −20 −21 −10 12 27 42 51 43 31 17 1 −23
Average dew point 18 23 29 41 53 62 66 64 56 44 32 24
Average precipitation 1.3 1.3 2.5 3.3 4.5 4.8 3.7 3.9 4.3 3.0 1.9 1.5

People change

Historical population
Census Pop.
2018 (est.)152,958[6]4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[8]
Demographic profile 2010[9] 1990[10] 1970[10] 1950[10]
White 52.2% 65.0% 78.9% 79.4%
 —Non-Hispanic 40.2% 61.9% 76.3%[11] N/A
Black or African American 26.8% 15.8% 10.7% 9.9%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 27.8% 7.1% 3.2%[11] N/A
Asian 2.7% 1.2% 0.1%

As with Kansas City, Missouri, the percentage of the city's biggest ethnic group, non-Hispanic whites, has gone down from 76.3% in 1970 to 40.2% in 2010.[9][10]

Educational institutions change

Colleges and universities change

Private change

  • Donnelly College
  • University of Saint Mary

Public change

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (Home of KU's Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health)

Public and private school districts change

  • Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • Piper Unified School District #203
  • Turner Unified School District #202
  • Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools

Secondary schools change

  • Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City
  • Fairfax Learning Center
  • J. C. Harmon High School
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College: Technical Education Center (Formerly Kansas City Kansas Area Technical School, merged with Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2008)
  • Piper High School, Kansas City (Piper, Kansas)
  • F.L. Schlagle High School, Kansas City
  • Kansas State School for the Blind, Kansas City
  • Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Kansas City
  • Turner High School, Kansas City (Turner, Kansas)
  • Washington High School, Kansas City
  • Wyandotte High School, Kansas City

Crime change

Kansas City
Crime rates* (2012)
Violent crimes
Aggravated assault500
Total violent crime877
Property crimes
Motor vehicle theft1,208
Total property crime7,538

*Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

2012 population: 147,201

Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data

Sister cities change

Kansas City has four sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Kansas City, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. "Home - Unified Government". www.wycokck.org.
  3. https://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab15.txt
  4. http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2011/03/sorry_boston_go.html
  5. KC powerless as icy barrage pummels the area, leaves behind disaster zone, Accessed 10 September 2006.
  6. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  8. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Kansas City (city), Kansas". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Kansas - Race and Hispanic Origin for Selected Cities and Other Places: Earliest Census to 1990". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 12, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 From 15% sample

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