Kansas City Metropolitan Area

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The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is the metropolitan area located on the border of Missouri and Kansas. The area includes the following communities and suburbs:

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Quadrants

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The core of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area can be visualized roughly as four quadrants:

The northeast quadrant is locally referred to as "north of the river" or "the Northland". It includes parts of Clay County, Missouri including the northern half of Kansas City, Missouri, Liberty, Missouri, and North Kansas City, Missouri. North Kansas City is bounded by a bend in the Missouri River that defines a border between Wyandotte County, Kansas and Clay County, Missouri running approximately North-South and a border between North Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri running approximately East-West. The sharpest part of the river bend forms a peninsula containing the Kansas City Downtown Airport.

The southeast quadrant is the core of metro area and includes the southern half of Kansas City, Missouri and the Jackson County suburbs of Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, and Blue Springs. Sometimes called "the southland". It includes the majority if the metro area's businesses, visitor attractions, cultural institutions, and urban neighborhoods.

The southwest quadrant includes all of Johnson County, Kansas, which includes the towns in the area known as Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Interstate 35 runs diagonally through Johnson County, Kansas from the southwest to downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The northwest quandrant contains Wyandotte County, Kansas and parts of Platte County, Missouri. Wyandotte County, Kansas, sometimes referred to as just Wyandotte, which contains Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs, Kansas and Edwardsville, Kansas is governed by a single unified government similar to a consolidated city-county. Often the Wyandotte government is referred to simply as "The Unified Government". Another bend in the Missouri River forms the county line between Wyandotte County, Kansas and Platte County, Missouri to the north and northeast.

In all, about 1.8 million people live in the metropolitan area. It is difficult to state exactly the size of the population because there are no natural boundaries and suburban expansion (or "sprawl") is ongoing.

Local place names and navigation guidelines

Counties

The Kansas City metropolitan area includes all or part of the following counties:

Major employers

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area's largest private employer is Sprint Corporation, the international telecommunications corporation headquartered in southern Overland Park. During 2003 in the five-county metropolitan area, the company employed nearly 18,500 people with wages of more than $1.16 billion generating $58 million in local and state income taxes. Sprint spent more than $21 million on property taxes and $1.74 billion for goods and services from area businesses.

Other major employers are Hallmark Cards, Harley-Davidson, General Motors, Honeywell and Ford Motor Company. Kansas City also has a large pharmaceutical industry, with companies such as Bayer and Aventis having large presences.

Headquarters

The following companies and organizations are headquarted in the area:

Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank.

Local organizations

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) www.naic.orgpl:Kansas City

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