Kansas City encompasses hundreds of neighborhoods. To find Kansas City’s happiest residents, we asked you.
It was a love fest. From patios and pie bakeries to inspiring neighbors, Ink readers had plenty to shout out. So which neighborhood is Kansas City’s best? Whichever feels like home to you.
Kelsey, 29, and Matt Owens, 28
River Market since 2016
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“River Market has the best balance of being close to the city and by nature. There’s the advantage of hopping on the streetcar and going downtown. You can also step out of your front door and just walk for miles around the river and bike or run. I’d recommend going to the market and picking up some flowers. For $10, you get the most beautiful bouquet on this side of the Mississippi. If you want to have a variety of activities at your disposal and be able to get a feel for Kansas City without being directly downtown, it’s a really nice option as you’re trying to learn more and explore.” — KO
Prentiss Earl, 41
Legacy East since 2016
“We do what we call Family Fun Night at a local park, and we serve hot dogs, roll out tarps, play games and just hang out with the neighborhood kids to get to know them and their families better. A couple weeks ago, a kid got locked out of his house all day. He didn’t have a way to contact his mom. People in the neighborhood made sure he was OK until his mom came home from work. It’s really a community of people who care about one another.”
Ryan, 29, and Natalie Haultain, 33
Beacon Hill since 2014
“When I first moved in, I would stand on my front porch and you could’ve told me that I was out in the country. There was no traffic, it was quiet, it was eerie. Now, we’ve got this vibrant community, there’s a new neighbor each week that I’m meeting. I can’t take my dog for a walk without running into five people and talking to them. It’s changed from this quiet and reserved neighborhood to somewhere that’s vibrant and active. Beacon Hill is really proving that downtown revitalization is something that requires a community. It takes a collective of individuals.” — RH
Cassie and Chuck Haren, both 31, and Woods, 2
Downtown Overland Park since 2017
“I love to take my son to the playground. We walk downtown, there’s a little fountain by the farmers market area. There’s a couple of good lunch places, Homer’s coffee shop, and for my insatiable sweet tooth, we go to Upper Crust, which is a pie bakery. It’s a lot of independent mom-and-pop shops, which retain the community aspect. There’s everyone from choreographers and ballet dancers across the street, to union workers, to retired personnel, firemen. … it’s just a lovely mix of occupations and diversity.” — Cassie
Kelly Roos, 34
Union Hill since 2015
“I’m so glad that I moved to Union Hill. It’s a great neighborhood, people are very friendly. People sit on their patios and chat with me as I walk by on my way to Martini Corner or take my dog on a walk. I like that Union Hill is an older neighborhood, and all the houses look unique and different. It’s not a cookie-cutter neighborhood.”