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Living in Kansas City

Nearly 500,000 residents call Kansas City, Mo. home and close to two million people reside in its surrounding metropolitan. With its strong business community – serving as headquarters for H&R Block, Russell Stover, Hallmark Cards and AMC Theatres – it's no wonder Kansas City ranked #5 in Forbes “Best Mid-Sized Cities for Job Growth” last year. Besides work opportunities, the City also has an impressive variety of sports, arts and nightlife.

Many residents cheer for Kansas City's professional sports teams, such as the Chiefs (NFL), Royals (MLB), Command (arena football), Sporting KC (soccer) and Explorers (tennis). Kansas City's new Sprint Arena will be home to the Big Twelve Basketball Championship in 2011 and 2012.

Kansas City also preserves and promotes its impressive artistic culture. The City is affectionately known as the “City of Fountains” because it boasts more fountains per capita than any other city in the world besides Rome. The City also supports public art projects. Its One Percent for Art program began more than 20 years ago – this program requires all new City buildings or renovations to set aside 1 percent of its total cost to be used for public art. A number of traveling art exhibits make sure to stop in Kansas City each summer. One such exhibit, Avenue of the Arts, displays six pieces of temporary public artwork, resulting in a landscape dotted with unique and captivating sculptures.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy Kansas City's exciting nightlife, with its wide variety of restaurants, bars, festivals and shopping. First Fridays in the Crossroads Art District allows visitors to stroll through dozens of art galleries while sampling free food and drink the first Friday of every month. Opened in early 2008, KC Live! is home to several restaurants, bars and unique shops located in the heart of downtown in the new Power and Light District.

Check out some of the following websites to learn more about the City. You will find no other city has as much to offer a young professional at such a low cost of living.

Bids, RFPs and RFQs
Bidding for vendors
Development assistance
City Wide Permit Types
Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Enterprise directory
Information Bulletins and Interpretations
International Affairs and Protocol
KC BizCare (Business Customer Service Center)
Permits and licenses
Planning Services Online
Print duplicate business licenses
Property ownership
Regulated Industries/Liquor Control
Request for service
Search online for business licenses
Supplier/Vendor Bidding Solicitation Process
Supplier/Vendor payments
3-1-1 Call Center
Ethics hotline
Helpful City contact information

City tax forms
Pay your earnings tax online
Earnings tax information


City services


Your earnings tax
Your water bill or get account information
Your convention and tourism tax


To receive City news and e-mail updates
For Employer Wage Reporting


Request a service
Apply for a zoning clearance
Download City tax forms
File a discrimination complaint
Make an Affirmative Action Program proposal
Get maps
Permits and licenses
Planning Services Online


Legislative information
The minority business directory
For a City ordinance
Food inspection results
Code interpretations and information bulletins in Development Services

Vendor payments


Translation of Website


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