Kansas City


2010: 459,787, #37 in U.S., #1 in Missouri

1950: 456,622, #20 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,035,334, #29 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 814,357, #17 in U.S.


Kansas City was founded in 1838 at the meeting of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.


Tallest building: One Kansas City Place, 632 feet (1988)

List of tallest buildings

City Hall (1937, 443 feet) has an observation deck on the 30th floor. The Liberty Memorial tower (1926, 217 feet), south of downtown, also has an observation deck.


The Crown Center, just south of downtown near Union Station, has a Halls department store. The Power and Light District is a nine-block shopping and entertainment district on the south side of downtown.


Amtrak’s Southwest Chief has daily trains from Kansas City going northeast to Chicago and southwest to Albuquerque and Los Angeles. The Missouri River Runner runs between Kansas City and St. Louis. Amtrak uses the city’s huge old Union Station (1914), south of downtown, which now has museums, theaters, restaurants, and shops. The 2.2-mile KC Streetcar, which opened in 2016, runs two miles between Union Station and the River Market.


The American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum are just east of downtown. Science City is in Union Station, just south of downtown. The National World War One Museum is at the Liberty Memorial. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are south of downtown.

Union Station and Downtown Kansas City
(Photo by Jesper Balle)


The Mainstreet Theater (1921, also known as the Empire Theater), is now the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Cinema.

The Midland Theater (1927) has a variety of concerts. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (2011) hosts the Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, both of which were formerly in the Lyric Theatre (1926), which is being converted into a downtown YMCA.

Broadway Across America presents touring musicals at the Music Hall in the Municipal Auditorium (1935, renovated 2007). The Folly Theater and the Quality Hill Playhouse are also located downtown.


The Kansas City Royals of the American League play at Kauffman Stadium (1973), several miles east of downtown. The NFL Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium (1972), also on the east side of the city. The Sprint Center (2007) hosts sporting events and concerts. 

Map of Downtown Kansas City

Downtown Kansas City Council

Convention and Visitors Association

Kansas City Architecture