It’s official…Kansas City is one of the best places to live. Well, at least we’re in what will be the most livable region in 2032.
Gallup recently conducted a study that included economic, workplace, community, and personal choice factors, to identify what will be the best regions for people to live. Cities in the West North Central region, which includes Missouri and Kansas as well as neighboring Iowa and Nebraska, are “poised for the brightest future”.
While Gallup says we may be on track for the ‘brightest future’, I think we’re bright already. There are so many wonderful things about Kansas City, from the fountains on the Plaza, to all things Kauffman (Center for Performing Arts, Foundation, Stadium, I could go on).
Right now we’re the center of national attention, thanks to:
- Google Fiber’s announcement last week
- The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation
- The All Star Game
- University of Missouri Kansas City’s Business School listing in U.S. News and World Report as one of the top grad schools
- What am I missing? (Let me know in your comments).
Time’s (Techland) coverage of Google Fiber led with “Never before have so many people all of a sudden thought, ‘I wonder if Kansas City is a nice place to live’.” (article by Keith Wagstaff) If you’re not convinced it is, others are. As listed by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, KC has received the following awards:
- Liberty & Lenexa suburbs rank in the 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States, Money Magazine, 2011
- Most Sports-Crazed People, Travel + Leisure, Nov. 2011
- “America’s Best Downtowns,” Forbes, Oct. 2011
- “Best Cities for Foodies,” Travel + Leisure, Sept. 2011
- Six area high schools rank among Nation’s Best, Newsweek, June 2011
- Top 10 Cities for College Grads, Livability, June 2011
- Best Cities for Moms, Daily Beast, May 2011
- Top 10 Moving Destination, U-Haul International, Feb. 2011
- Most Affordable U.S. Cities, Forbes, Jan. 2011
The Good News for today is that we’re in a pretty good place, literally. And it’s only going to get better.
Why do you think Kansas City is the best place to live? It’s not a competition…it’s a celebration. Please share your comments.
- Gallup Best Future Regions to Live study
- KU Cancer Center NCI designation
- Google Fiber blog
- Google Connects KC website (announcement)
- Google Fiber AP story