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Kansas City Demographics and Lifestyle

Kansas City is located in the “show me” state of Missouri and was the birthplace of Mark Twain, one of the most famous American writers.  Kansas City is famous nationwide for things as varied as barbecue, a thriving jazz scene, and the World War One Museum.

Kansas City is also the home of Lamar’s Donuts, rated the best in taste tests conducted by true donut experts (law enforcement and firemen). But, what can seniors who want to retire to this heartland city expect?

Keep on reading to learn about the people, climate, and even the native wildlife of Kansas City, Missouri.

Who Lives in Kansas City?

The population of Kansas City represents a cross-section of the varied ethnic groups in the U.S.:

Non-Hispanic whites are almost 55% of the city’s population.

African Americans are the next largest group at just under 30% of Kansas City residents.

Hispanics represent a respectable 10% of people living in Kansas City.

Residents of Asian extraction are less than 3% of the population.

Native Americans are represented by a little less than 1% of Kansas City residents.

Kansas City has an increasingly diverse population; the immigration of Sudanese and Somalis into the city has created the second largest population of these ethnic groups in any American city.

The median household income in Kansas City is just under $46,000 per year, and the largest employer in the area is the U.S. federal government.  The per capita income in Kansas City is $27,000 per year, which is close to the national median.

The population of Kansas City as of 2016 is a little less than 476,000 people, with a population density of 1,500 people per square mile.

The percent of the population that is between the ages of 65 to 74 is 6.3%, which is also close to the national average of 7.6%.

Kansas City Weather and Climate

Kansas City is located on the far north edge of the humid tropical zone and lies near the geographic center of the United States.  The Kansas City region is subject to potentially extreme changes in temperature throughout the year.

Kansas City gets its fair share of weather; the city will experience 42 inches of rain per year and snow totals of almost 16 inches.  Kansas City residents will enjoy close to 220 days of sunshine on average, and the typical seasonal temperature variations you’d expect from a temperate climate.  July temperatures will reach highs of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while January temps will bottom out at 21 degrees Fahrenheit.

Compared with median temperature variations around the U.S., Kansas City has a more comfortable climate than the average U.S. city.

Wildlife and Nature near Kansas City

Kansas City is located in the heartland of America, and the natural areas in this region contain many typical North American creatures.  

Fur lovers will be interested to know that the area around Kansas City is the native habitat of the mink.  The mink provide a valuable service to local agriculture by consuming rodents that would otherwise cause trouble.

You’ll always know if spring will be late or early with a large number of groundhogs who inhabit the area.

The gray fox is a delight to see, and they thrive in the area, providing a way to control the population of local rodents.

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