Kansas City, MO-
Nestled on the south bank of the Missouri River, Kansas City is affectionately known as the “City of Fountains.” Home to over 2 million residents, Kansas City is a commercial and cultural hub, one of the fastest growing major job markets as well as home of major league baseball’s Royals and the NFL’s Chiefs. According to Entrepreneur magazine, it consistently ranks among the top U.S. cities for supporting small businesses, and was recently named the No. 1 place to start and grow a business in the Midwest, ranking No. 11 nationally.
With average household income of $71,141 per year, and a median single family home price of $154,200, Kansas City boasts some of the most affordable housing found anywhere in the United States, according to the National Association of Realtors. In 2013, its cost of living ranked below the national average, at 99.2, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.