About North Kansas City


In 1883, Willard E. Winner came to the area with visionary plans of building a city and bridge. He built a rock road that became Swift Avenue; he started constructing a bridge across the Missouri River; and purchased land and laid out subdivisions in town lots. When a new city springs up, it usually has its beginning in the congregation of a number of people who create for themselves the habitations, business buildings, traffic ways and other conveniences necessary to urban existence. The city acquires a population first and its structural form later. That was not what happened with North Kansas City.

Willard Winner was not able to fulfill his dream for North Kansas City but the North Kansas City Development Company, created by three businesses – Armour Packing, Swift Packing and the Burlington Railroad – was able to. North Kansas City was well planned and built with homes, commercial houses, paved and lighted streets, a waterworks system and parks in advance of its inhabitants. The district was incorporated on November 4, 1912, as the Town of North Kansas City.

Today, North Kansas City is a thriving, progressive community where residents, industry, commerce, and government work together for the common good. The vitality of the City is evidenced by renovation and re-tenanting of older buildings as well as the creation of a new planned development – One North.


With a residential population of approximately 4,300 the weekday working population is more than 25,000 persons. North Kansas City is a hustling, bustling center of commerce with just the right touch of small-town warmth!

Economic Base

North Kansas City is home for nearly one thousand companies engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, and business and personal services. This strong and stable economic base keeps taxes low and municipal services high in quantity and quality.

Major businesses include: Cerner Corporation’s world headquarters, North Kansas City Hospital, Harrah’s Casino & Hotel, BNSF Railway Company, Ingredion and Helzberg Diamond’s corporate headquarters.

Residential Areas

From the shaded elegance of well-established mature neighborhoods to the crisp, clean lines of contemporary design, you can find what you like in North Kansas City. If a modern apartment, townhouse or duplex is more your style, those, too, are readily available. And, excellent municipal services keep the streets clean and the neighborhoods safe and secure.

Schools and Churches

The children of North Kansas City, from kindergarten through high school, enjoy first-rate educational opportunities from the AAA-rated North Kansas City School District. Advanced and adult education is readily available among the many community colleges and four-year colleges and universities located in the metropolitan area.

A welcome invitation to join in worship is extended by the churches in North Kansas City. Each church has its own program of activities in addition to regular services, and congregations are active and enthusiastic.

Shopping and Services

You’ll enjoy the personal attention of friendly merchants and those who serve you at the many independent restaurants, brew pubs and specialty shops.

Recreation and Entertainment

North Kansas City has become a “go-to” place for food, beverage and entertainment. In North Kansas City you will find pickleball, rock climbing, bowling and an abundance of independent restaurants and brew pubs for adults. There are parks that offer a spray park, a dog park, tennis courts and play grounds. North Kansas City is a bicycle-friendly town.

Want more? Take a ten minute drive to the Truman Sports Complex for Kansas City Royals pro baseball or Kansas City Chiefs pro football, or take a five minute drive to the River Market, Power & Light and Crossroads districts. Worlds of Fun theme parks is within a ten minute drive.

Within fifteen minutes of North Kansas City are Crown Center, Westport, world-famous Country Club Plaza, the Starlight Theater and the Kansas City Zoo. Ten 18-hole golf courses are within a 30 minute drive.

Municipal Services

North Kansas City may be geographically small, but it offers a big package of services. Fire and police protection rank among the best in Missouri and in the Kansas City metro area, resulting in low property insurance rates for residents and businesses.

North Kansas City proudly claims North Kansas City Hospital, which is an important and highly respected regional hospital. Macken Park is a large, beautiful park with a walking trail, running track, picnic shelters, playgrounds, lighted tennis and handball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts. Dagg Park has recently been upgrade to offer spray park and playground for young children.

North Kansas City’s Library at 23rd and Howell has over 40,000 volumes and offers preschool and adult film programs weekly. Services include the loan of records, video tapes, films and art prints as well as an extensive business section.


North Kansas City has a Mayor/Council/City Administrator form of government. The work of officials and city staff is aided by dozens of community-minded residents and business people who voluntarily serve on boards, commissions and committees. They work together to provide the best possible services and programs.

The City government works closely with volunteer and civic associations to assist those who need support and to promote a feeling of community togetherness.


NORTH KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI is located within a few hours drive (250 miles) of both the geographic and population centers of the United States — truly the “Heart of America!” And within the Kansas City metropolitan area, North Kansas City is at the center…putting any address only minutes away.


North Kansas City, just across the Missouri River from Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is next door to Kansas City Municipal Airport. Just 20 minutes north is Kansas City International Airport. The Area Transportation Authority, which operates a metropolitan wide bus system, provides frequent, low cost service to all sections of North Kansas City.