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Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City (abbreviated KC or KCMO) is the largest city in Missouri by population and area. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 508,090 in 2020,[6] making it the 36th most-populous city in the United States. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the MissouriKansas state line and has a population of 2,392,035.[7][2] Most of the city lies within Jackson County, with portions spilling into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a port on the Missouri River at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850, the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued, and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.

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Kansas City, Missouri
Nickname(s): 
"KC", "KCMO", the "City of Fountains", "Paris of the Plains", and the "Heart of America"
City boundaries and location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°05′59″N 94°34′42″W
Country United States
State Missouri
CountiesJackson, Clay, Platte, Cass
IncorporatedTown of Kansas: June 1, 1850; 172 years ago (June 1, 1850)
City of Kansas: March 28, 1853
Named forKansas River
Government
  TypeCouncil-Manager
  MayorQuinton Lucas (D)
  BodyKansas City, Missouri City Council
  City ManagerBrian Platt
  City ClerkMarilyn Sanders
Area
  City318.80 sq mi (825.69 km2)
  Land314.73 sq mi (815.14 km2)
  Water4.07 sq mi (10.55 km2)
  Urban
714.10 sq mi (1,849.5 km2)
  Metro
7,952 sq mi (20,596 km2)
Elevation
910 ft (277 m)
Population
 (2020)
  City508,090
  Rank36th in the United States
1st in Missouri
  Density1,614.38/sq mi (623.31/km2)
  Urban
1,674,218 (US: 34th)
  Urban density2,344.5/sq mi (905.2/km2)
  Metro2,392,035 (US: 31st)
DemonymKansas Citian
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
64101-64102, 64105-64106, 64108-64114, 64116-64121, 64123-64134, 64136-64139, 64141, 64144-64149, 64151-64158, 64161, 64163-64168, 64170-64172, 64179-64180, 64183-64184, 64187-64188, 64190-64193, 64195-64199, 64999[3]
Area codes816, 975
FIPS code29000-38000[4]
GNIS feature ID748198[5]
Websitekcmo.gov
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Sitting on Missouri's western boundary with Kansas, with Downtown near the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the city encompasses about 319.03 square miles (826.3 km2), making it the 23rd largest city by total area in the United States. It serves as one of the two county seats of Jackson County, along with the major satellite city of Independence. Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, and Kansas City, Kansas.

The city is composed of several neighborhoods, including the River Market District in the north, the 18th and Vine District in the east, and the Country Club Plaza in the south. Celebrated cultural traditions include Kansas City jazz; theater, as a center of the Vaudevillian Orpheum circuit in the 1920s; the Chiefs and Royals sports franchises; and famous cuisine based on Kansas City-style barbecue, Kansas City strip steak, and craft breweries.