The Midwest has long been touted as having an abundance of affordable, livable communities. Kansas City, the nucleus of the Heartland, is no exception. With good schools, plentiful parks, low housing costs and an active business climate, the metropolitan area is the ideal relocation spot for those who want to have it all without breaking the bank.

The Kansas City metropolitan area stretches into both Missouri and Kansas, and according to recent statistics from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, the two states were the sixth and fifth least expensive respectively in the United States. Missouri received a rating of 90.5 and Kansas 90.4 on ACCRA’s Cost of Living Index; similar states included Texas with 90.5, Colorado with 104.4 and Kentucky with 90.8.

One of the reasons the area is so affordable is the cost of housing. For the second quarter of 2013, the median price for a single-family home in Kansas City was $159,600 -- comparable markets came in at $146,200 in Louisville, Ky.; $189,000 in Houston; $171,700 in Tulsa; $199,600 in Minneapolis and $286,500 in Denver, Colo., according to statistics from the National Association of Realtors.  To find out what a home comparable to yours would cost in another city, go to the Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report to find out.

When relocating to the area, the No. 1 topic asked about is the quality of area schools. It is a pleasant surprise for many relocators to find out they can save money by putting their kids into public rather than private schools. Many of the suburbs are awash with Blue Ribbon school districts. Private schools are great, and many want their kids there, but as far as saving money on education you’ll never find a place better than the Kansas City area for public schools.

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Community Listings

Average List Price: $220,598
Average Days on Market: 178


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8515 N Highland Avenue Kansas City, MO 64155

Single Family Home
Under Contract – show for backup offers
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$134,900

10911 Lister Avenue Kansas City, MO 64137

Single Family Home
Presented by: Coldwell Banker All American Realty
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$5,127,012
Courtesy of: Keller Williams KC North
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$3,999,999

9410 E 155th Street Kansas City, MO 64149

Lots and Land
Courtesy of: ReeceNichols College Blvd
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$3,900,000

10806 GRANDVIEW Road Kansas City, MO 64137

Lots and Land
Courtesy of: ReeceNichols CC Plaza
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$3,482,622

11530 parallel Parkway Kansas City, KS 66109

Lots and Land
Courtesy of: Boardwalk Realty
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$3,450,000

10322 RIVERVIEW Avenue Kansas City, KS 66111

Lots and Land
Courtesy of: Platinum Realty LLC
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$3,375,000

1008 Valentine Road Kansas City, MO 64111

Single Family Home
Courtesy of: RE/MAX State Line
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$3,250,000

4950 Central Street Kansas City, MO 64112

Townhome or Condo
Courtesy of: BHG Kansas City Homes
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$2,890,000

1207 W 57th Street Kansas City, MO 64113

Single Family Home
Courtesy of: ReeceNichols CC Plaza
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3000 E 49th Street Kansas City, MO 64130

Multi-Family Home
Courtesy of: SVN Encompass Commercial
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$2,509,056

3200 N 107th Street Kansas City, KS 66109

Lots and Land
Courtesy of: ReeceNichols Roberts

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