About Kansas City
From humble beginnings as a trading post in 1821, Kansas City has become the largest city in a metropolitan area of 2 million people. Kansas City, Mo., is the nation's 36th largest city in population (475,830) and the 13th largest in land area (319 square miles). Located near the geographic and populations centers of the nation, it truly is the "Heart of America."
Kansas City boasts more fountains than any other city except Rome and more boulevards than any except Paris. Major sports spectators can enjoy baseball with the Royals, football with the Chiefs, and NASCAR racing at Kansas City's recently built speedway. However, Kansas City is perhaps best known for its steaks, barbecue and jazz. With more than 60 barbecue restaurants and numerous cookoff competitions, it is arguably the nation's barbecue capital.
Kansas City is the hometown headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Sprint Corp., Russell Stover Candies, Yellow Corp., H&R Block, Interstate Bakeries, AMC Entertainment, American Century, DST Systems, Ferrellgas Partners, Great Plains Energy, Black and Veatch, Cerner, and numerous other businesses. It is also the headquarters of the Community of Christ, the Nazarene Church, and the Unity School of Christianity.
It ranks first in inland foreign trade zone space, underground storage space, greeting card publishing, frozen food storage and distribution, and hard winter wheat marketing. It ranks second in wheat flour production and the size of its rail center. Both General Motors and Ford have major plants here, ranking Kansas City eighth in the nation in auto assembly. The city is also home to a Harley Davidson motorcycle plant.
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