Kansas/Kansas City Economy

Kansas City (KC) was once the second largest meat packing industry in the world, second only to Chicago. The opening of the KC Stockyards by the railroads catapulted the city into an important shipping point for many goods and services.

Today, the city has diversified into a transportation, medical, and manufacturing center. International trade is emerging as an important inter-jurisdictional issue in the Midwest region. The 1998 Mid-Continent TradeWay Study reinforced this reality. This study found that a significant amount of international cargo is already processed in or passes through the KC region.

The principal industrial activity in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS involves:
  • Automobile manufacturing and distribution
  • Railroads
  • Bakery products
  • Meat processing
  • Agriculture continues to be important in the rural area west of the city 

The most recent population estimates show that the KC MSA is picking up the pace population-wise. The 14-county metro population now stands at 2,104,509. This is an increase of 90,774 since 2010. Also currently, the region ranks 15th among peer metros in GDP, 12th in quality jobs, and 12th in median household income. See Mid-America Regional Council for more information on the local economy.

KC offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. We’re home to numerous production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers that make it easier, cheaper, and more profitable to ship raw materials and finished goods when you’re located in the nation’s heartland. 

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