Spanning over 319 square miles, Kansas City stretches past the Missouri border and into the state of Kansas and has a population of approximately 471,000. Major suburbs in the Kansas City metropolitan area include Independence, Lee’s Summit, Overland Park and Olathe.
Known as the “City of Fountains,” Kansas City is said to have more fountains than Rome, with unique water sculptures and statues that celebrate generations of Kansas City. Claiming its own style, Kansas City is also known for its slow-smoked Kansas City Style barbeque and jazz heritage. The American Jazz Museum, which shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is one of many destinations that draw crowds from well-beyond the city lines. Additionally, with three professional sports teams, the Kansas City Chiefs (football), Kansas City Royals (baseball) and Sporting Kansas City (soccer), the city draws hundreds of thousands of fans each season.
The federal government is the largest employer in Kansas City with more than 146 federal agencies present. Additionally, several companies are headquartered in the metropolitan area including Sprint Corporation, Applebee’s, H&R Block and Hallmark Cards, giving Kansas City a diverse and robust economy.