The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City For 2021


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Kansas City.
Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City

Folks in Kansas City have a lot to celebrate. And not just because the Chiefs won the Super Bowl last season. It's among the most diverse places in Missouri, a cultural hub that represents the best of the American midwest.

Kansas City boasts more fountains than Rome, so it's not hard to see how it got the nickname the City of Fountains. But a nickname like "the City of Boulevards" would be equally apt, seeing as KC has more boulevards than any city in the world, except Paris. What's clear is that Kansas City is one snazzy city that puts a premium on aesthetic quality. I mean, Swope Park is twice the size of NYC's Central Park, so you know locals value gorgeous outdoor spaces.

And KC isn't just a treat for the eyes. With a storied tradition of promoting jazz musicians from the 1920s up until the present day, your ears are likely to be treated to some seriously tasty tunes as well. Arts and culture are valued almost as highly as what is possibly Kansas City's greatest pride: mouthwatering barbecue.

All right, that's enough on how awesome Kansas City is, but can we be a bit more specific? Where can we find the best neighborhoods, complete with line-out-the-door BBQ joints, the hippest jazz venues, and the most majestic fountains? Well, it seems as though Kansas City's southside enjoys an advantage over the city's northern end. We came to that conclusion by looking at the statistics that translate into a high quality of life: high incomes, a high-quality market for both jobs and housing, low crime, and of course, plenty of entertaining things to do and see.

Don't get spooked by the high home prices in Armour Fields; there are loads of great neighborhoods in Kansas City that don't have such a high price tag. For example, taking a five-minute drive southeast of Armour Fields will bring you to Tower Homes, where homes are less than half the price. Or if you want a nice combination of high incomes and affordable home prices, Armour Hills might be just the ticket.

Pull up some BBQ ribs, throw on some Louis Armstrong, and get ready to start living like a Kansas City Royal, because we're visiting KC's best neighborhoods.

These are Kansas City's cream of the crop neighborhoods -- the ones with solid employment numbers, low crime, and great housing options. And, of course, a surplus of fun things to do that reflect what makes Kansas City such a great place to live. In any case, they're miles away (in quality) from Kansas City's worst neighborhoods.

So, what neighborhood came in as the absolute best in Kansas City for 2021? According to the data, Armour Hills is the best neighborhood to live in Kansas City.

Is your favorite fountain, BBQ joint, or jazz club in a different neighborhood than one featured on the list above? Check out the complete list of Kansas City neighborhood rankings down below to see how your neighborhood fared.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City

Armour Hills Kansas City, MO

Population: 2,422
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $240,700 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $103,120 (Third best)
More on Armour Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO

Population: 3,722
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $189,450 (18th best)
Median Income: $81,157 (Ninth best)
More on Ward Parkway: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,882
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $167,440 (29th best)
Median Income: $69,114 (14th best)
More on Tower Homes: Homes For Sale | Data

Morningside Kansas City, MO

Population: 1,618
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $255,250 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $103,750 (Second best)
More on Morningside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 907
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $248,700 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $91,319 (Fifth best)
More on Westwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,523
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $187,420 (20th best)
Median Income: $50,188 (34th best)
More on Volker: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 4,364
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $191,233 (17th best)
Median Income: $52,423 (28th best)
More on Central Business District-Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,939
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $196,200 (15th best)
Median Income: $60,529 (2best)
More on West Plaza: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,971
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $155,100 (33rd best)
Median Income: $53,150 (27th best)
More on Country Lane Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,537
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $343,967 (Third best)
Median Income: $56,995 (24th best)
More on South Plaza: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Kansas City, MO Neighborhoods In 2021

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 131 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Kansas City." We're lookin' at you, Armour Hills.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Kansas City, Missouri has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Kansas City aren't all good. South Blue Valley takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Kansas City.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Kansas City For 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Armour Hills 2,422 $240,700 $103,120
2 Ward Parkway 3,722 $189,450 $81,157
3 Tower Homes 5,882 $167,440 $69,114
4 Morningside 1,618 $255,250 $103,750
5 Westwood 907 $248,700 $91,319
6 Volker 4,523 $187,420 $50,188
7 Central Business District-Downtown 4,364 $191,233 $52,423
8 West Plaza 3,939 $196,200 $60,529
9 Country Lane Estates 1,971 $155,100 $53,150
10 South Plaza 2,537 $343,967 $56,995
11 Faireway Hills 2,302 $112,800 $64,853
12 Western 49-63 4,533 $225,120 $82,382
13 White Oak 2,673 $111,000 $60,611
14 Union Hill 865 $230,750 $58,514
15 Roanoke 484 $356,000 $51,179
16 Sunset Hill 921 $597,200 $150,641
17 Crown Center 759 $200,033 $55,006
18 Timber Valley 371 $174,000 $88,198
19 Holmes Park 1,247 $179,500 $60,385
20 Blue Hills Estates 1,520 $224,800 $53,319
21 Highview Estates 2,603 $203,567 $73,725
22 Ward Parkway Plaza 471 $148,100 $71,635
23 Saint Catherine's Gardens 2,573 $119,000 $62,102
24 Valentine 1,163 $155,950 $40,567
25 Mission Lake 3,622 $195,400 $86,398
26 Unity Ridge 513 $315,700 $101,023
27 West Waldo 1,321 $138,900 $63,846
28 Southmoreland 3,638 $168,080 $42,346
29 Red Ridge South 2,757 $171,350 $43,766
30 Lea Manor 2,044 $150,100 $68,181
31 Waldo Homes 1,554 $116,950 $49,802
32 Blue Vue Hills 1,722 $146,300 $66,875
33 River Market 523 $228,900 $51,654
34 Central Hyde Park 1,317 $286,650 $72,761
35 Longfellow 2,007 $172,850 $29,178
36 Kirkside 1,722 $85,700 $35,417
37 Fairwood And Robandee 4,215 $71,000 $41,973
38 Royal Oaks 1,691 $147,200 $44,514
39 Stayton Meadows 2,471 $87,533 $50,858
40 Bannister Ares 1,437 $112,200 $50,651
41 Old Westport 964 $181,500 $42,910
42 Robandee South 1,846 $83,800 $43,036
43 Plaza Westport 1,071 $182,150 $48,530
44 Western Hills 1,837 $133,550 $52,030
45 Willow Creek 3,235 $75,567 $37,555
46 Little Blue Valley 4,414 $181,600 $71,172
47 South Hyde Park 1,981 $139,000 $40,098
48 Eastern 49-63 3,124 $106,033 $39,164
49 North Hyde Park 1,649 $164,900 $21,453
50 Martin City 1,046 $188,200 $48,989
51 Squier Park 897 $143,200 $44,792
52 Park Farms 3,487 $98,850 $43,396
53 Santa Fe Hills 2,175 $72,133 $43,164
54 Bonne Hills 1,863 $104,833 $49,970
55 North India Mound 4,849 $50,683 $35,163
56 Hanover Place 2,914 $88,133 $30,502
57 Fairlane 5,116 $85,875 $46,617
58 Swope Park Campus 1,527 $58,650 $29,629
59 Linden Hills And Indian Heights 2,305 $124,967 $48,461
60 Hickman Mills South 1,596 $74,100 $42,446
61 Citadel 1,514 $90,350 $41,866
62 South India Mound 4,007 $55,220 $30,911
63 Eastwood Hill East 3,732 $73,975 $35,776
64 Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 1,652 $66,000 $23,264
65 Sarritt Point 3,592 $66,083 $29,106
66 Broadway Gillham 898 $103,850 $29,974
67 Foxtown East 901 $48,400 $42,372
68 East Meyer 4,625 $76,560 $35,925
69 Sterling Acres 912 $105,800 $46,125
70 South Town Fork Creek 1,262 $55,200 $32,522
71 Cunningham Ridge 280 $76,400 $41,159
72 Wendell Phillips 1,485 $90,167 $20,620
73 West Blue Township 713 $76,400 $41,159
74 Westside North 1,466 $154,950 $31,394
75 Ruskin Heights 4,718 $52,775 $35,841
76 Hillcrest 1,193 $83,800 $32,350
77 Ashland Ridge 1,348 $74,900 $30,375
78 West Blue Valley 2,281 $46,100 $22,986
79 Ruskin Hills 2,775 $66,650 $37,740
80 Palestine East 1,304 $34,100 $24,810
81 Loma Vista 1,897 $78,650 $31,312
82 Beacon Hills 675 $111,850 $32,104
83 Oak Park Southeast 1,754 $49,800 $34,078
84 Richards Gebaur 1,338 $97,833 $32,605
85 Oak Park Southwest 2,096 $19,150 $33,735
86 Oak Park Northwest 2,913 $48,300 $24,219
87 Oldham Farms 1,012 $66,700 $39,920
88 Stanford Estates 1,954 $82,350 $43,164
89 Palestine West And Oak Park Northeast 563 $45,200 $41,050
90 Hickman Mills 3,570 $88,900 $37,115
91 Westside South 1,302 $106,033 $40,769
92 Country Valley-Hawthorn Square 340 $158,500 $45,549
93 Oakwood 1,634 $85,500 $26,012
94 Lykins 3,734 $40,412 $21,625
95 Brown Estates 890 $84,700 $41,351
96 Swope Parkway-Elmwood 2,541 $67,933 $31,053
97 Indipendence Plaza 2,338 $68,020 $24,060
98 Vineyard 2,003 $59,000 $27,635
99 Vineyard Northwest 797 $42,700 $19,862
100 Mount Hope 326 $38,000 $16,500
101 North Town Fork Creek 2,904 $61,040 $27,828
102 Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 1,346 $56,500 $21,750
103 Blue Hills 5,148 $59,229 $31,826
104 Riss Lake 2,524 $93,600 $27,335
105 Self Help Neighborhood Council 1,805 $49,800 $20,620
106 Washington Weatley 1,837 $59,333 $27,573
107 Lewis Heights 712 $93,900 $37,159
108 Manheim Park 1,508 $52,650 $25,860
109 Ingleside 948 $52,525 $30,750
110 Legacy East 2,010 $46,500 $29,784
111 East Sqope Highlands 833 $86,500 $29,668
112 Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 2,591 $33,080 $26,330
113 Pendleton Heights 2,880 $95,775 $18,347
114 Sheffield 2,161 $48,050 $17,559
115 East Community Team South 2,736 $24,860 $20,194
116 Santa Fe 2,168 $43,525 $23,036
117 Ivanhoe Northeast 761 $50,300 $25,588
118 Key Coalition 1,208 $71,500 $14,444
119 Eastwood Hills West 1,396 $66,950 $33,166
120 Hidden Valley 933 $86,300 $24,615
121 Ivanhoe Southeast 1,528 $42,750 $21,210
122 Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 1,419 $51,750 $14,866
123 Norble And Gregory Ridge 1,704 $37,400 $35,777
124 East Community Team North 2,816 $49,200 $23,342
125 Knoches Park 1,499 $33,833 $22,604
126 Blue Valley Industrial 964 $36,500 $24,398
127 East Blue Valley 1,595 $47,650 $24,536
128 Marlborough East 1,265 $46,600 $21,160
129 Northest Industrial District 157 $18,000 $26,500
130 North Blue Ridge 71 $45,400 $21,078
131 South Blue Valley 1,992 $25,500 $22,281

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