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Renter's Guide to Kansas City

Looking to move to a big city in the Midwest? Kansas City would be a great choice. It has lots of diversity, from its culture to its people. Even the city's neighborhoods feature a lot of variety.

Some are quiet and perfect for raising a family. There’s a reason Kansas City is in the top ten “best cities for the elderly”!

Other areas are filled with growth and excitement, the perfect place for professionals and young people.

Sitting at 319 square miles, Kansas City is almost twice the size of Wichita. Speaking of, Wichita is 180 miles from Kansas City – that's about a three hour drive.

The weather here is known to be unpredictable. Summer temperatures average 74°F, though highs can get over 90°F. But temps drop to 52°F in fall, and winters are even colder, with average temperatures of 30°F. 

Kansas City, MO Demographics

  • Total Population486,404
  • Female 235,974
    Male 250,430
  • Median Age35.1

Cost of Living in Kansas City, MO

The cost of living in Kansas City is lower than the national average.

A meal for two at a decent restaurant will cost around $45. Renting here is cheap, but utilities for a 915 square-foot apartment will cost you about $168.

If driving isn't an option, a one-way bus ticket will cost $1.50. And children under 5 ride for free! You can also save a few bucks with the $50 monthly pass.

Average Rent in Kansas City, MO

  • Kansas City, MO Average Rental Price, May 2021 $1,071 /mo

Kansas City, MO Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $501-$7009%
  • $701-$1,00045%
  • $1,001-$1,50033%
  • $1,501-$2,00011%
  • > $2,0003%

Kansas City, MO Rent Trends

Average Rent Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 May / 2021
Kansas City, MO $962 $974 $973 $980 $1,004 $1,009 $1,015 $1,043 $1,037 $1,061 $1,071
National $1,314 $1,345 $1,354 $1,358 $1,390 $1,397 $1,400 $1,392 $1,396 $1,407 $1,428
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Living in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City can be a nice place to raise a family or enjoy retirement, with plenty of areas that are low on crime but high on amenities. And the city is growing by leaps and bounds, with new businesses and attractions being added daily.

On the other hand, not every area in the city is safe, which can make the renting process more difficult. And the weather can be unpredictable day-to-day. One hour it’s warm and sunny, the other it’s raining and gloomy.

Things to do in Kansas City

Kansas City has plenty to do for families! Take a trip to Swope Park, one of the nation’s biggest. Within this 1800-acre area, you can swim, ride the trails, or just kick back and watch a baseball game. Other attractions worth checking out include the Country Club Plaza, Union Station, and Kauffman Center.

The city also features many family-friendly museums, including the National World War I Museum.

If you're more interested in a night out, you have access to many great restaurants and bars, including Manifesto, Howl At the Moon, and Green Lady Lounge.

There's also a huge sports culture in Kansas City. You can catch a Royals or Chiefs game at Kauffman Stadium or Arrowhead Stadium.

Not into sports? There are plenty of art venues to choose from, including Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The city also has some great annual festivals, including The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, which brings top jazz stars from around the country!

Employment and Economy

Kansas City is the among the top beef-producing cities, ranking just behind Chicago. There are also lots of factories and plants in the area, making manufacturing jobs plentiful.

Major products manufactured here include Ford trucks and Chevrolet cars. Other major employers in the city include University of Missouri, YRC Worldwide, and Hallmark Cards.

Kansas City, MO Households

  • Total Number of Households203,356
  • Family 109,124
    Non-family 94,232
  • Children 54,986
    No Children 148,370
  • Average People Per Household2.35
  • Median Household Income$54,194
  • Median Housing Costs Per Month$986

Education in Kansas City

Kansas City is home to the University of Missouri, which serves tens of thousands of students per year. Other private colleges in the area include Park University and Baker University.

The city is split between ten public school districts, the biggest being the Kansas City District. There are plenty of private schools too.

Kansas City, MO Education Statistics

  • No High School3%
  • Some High School32%
  • Some College25%
  • Associate Degree7%
  • Bachelor Degree21%
  • Graduate Degree11%

Tips for Renting in Kansas City

Taking the leap and moving to Kansas City? Great choice! To get you started, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when renting.

If you plan on staying in a unit long-term, make sure your lease has an auto-renew. This will keep the landlord from moving you out or increasing your rent without notice.

Your landlord can’t take a security deposit that is more than two months rent. And at the end of your lease, your landlord has just 30 days to check for damages and return the rest of the deposit.

Search for apartments in Kansas City, MO under $1,000

There’s more than one way to spend $1,000 on rent in Kansas City, MO, so the first step is to start thinking about what you really want from your new home. Be mindful of what makes you tick. Look for 2 bedroom apartments for rent for less than $1,000 if you want to share your living space and don’t mind being further away from the city center. Search for 3 bedroom apartments if you’re moving in with family or planning to share part of your life and living expenses with more friends. If city bustle is what you live for, you might want to search for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment closer to the city center.

The perfect $1,000 rental near you

Don’t dismiss the idea of a studio just because it sounds small and featureless: studios come in many shapes and sizes, and it only takes a few strikes of creativity to go from drab to lively. If an all-in-one-room apartment spells total lack of privacy for you, have a look at the 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Kansas City, MO. Customize your search by using more RENTCafé filters. Decide what amenities you can’t live without and focus your search on the apartments that offer them. Are you bringing in a pet? Narrow your options to pet-friendly apartments for rent. Want more windows so that natural light floods your home? Hardwood floors or plush carpet in the living area? There are 80 apartments for rent below $1,000 in Kansas City, MO for every taste. Decide what you need, stay focused, and you’re bound to find your perfect apartment in no time.

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