Why It's Worth It

Kansas City is blessed with its own style of barbecue, lots of fountains, and more than a fair share of established world-class cultural institutions, such as the Kansas City Symphony and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It also embraces the pioneering spirit of new entrepreneurs shaping the city's narrative in places like the Crossroads Arts District. Despite its richness, KC remains an affordable and accessible city, where the dollar goes far and a friendly hello goes ever farther. -Laura Watilo Blake