2016 Ratings & Rankings

National Publication Names KC as "In"
The Washington Post annual lifestyle list included Kansas City as what is "in" for 2017. Though the list is highly subjective, the case may be made that as our region continues to hit national headlines the treasure that KC is will continue its wealth in 2017. Washington Post, December 2016

America's No. 2 Favorite City for Christmas Lights
Lights, fireworks and live music at the Country Club Plaza kicks off KC holiday celebrations with a bang on Thanksgiving evening. Travel + Leisure, December 2016

KC Restaurant Among Top 100 in U.S.
Cafe Provence ranks among the nation's best restaurants for the fourth time. Open Table, December 2016

KC Distillery Among "Best Stuff of 2016"
GQ Magazine calls J. Riger & Co.'s gin "a midwestern take on a classic London dry gin," while ranking it among the best "stuff" of 2016. GQ, December 2016

Streetcar Wins Best Transit Project of 2016
Engineering-News Record names the Kansas City Streetcar 2016's best transit project, calling it "An economic catalyst for the downtown area." ENR, November 2016

KC is a 2016 Digital Cities Survey Winner
The annual survey recognizes cities that are providing citizen interaction and transparency with their government through technology. Kansas City earned recognition in the 250K-499K population category. Digital Communities, November 2016

Named a STAR Community
"Lawrence is the FIRST community in Kansas to receive a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in sustainability." The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) rates sustainable communities by seven goal areas and 44 objectives. Star Communities, November 2016

In Top 20 Metro Areas for Warehouse Construction
Kansas City continues to keep pace with demand for facilities as one of the top metro areas in the nation for warehouse square footage under construction. Site Selection Group, November 2016

Shawnee and Kansas City Win Digital Cities Survey

The Center for Digital Government honors both Shawnee and Kansas City for their efforts in using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage engagement. GovTech, November 2016

University of Kansas Ranks 10th Best School for Veterans in U.S.
For the second year in a row, Military Times ranks the University of Kansas among the top 10 schools in the nation for veterans. Military Times, October 2016

Two Kansas City Internship Programs in Nation's Top 50
After surveying thousands of interns across the U.S., Vault Careers ranks two Kansas City internship programs -- Garmin and Westar Energy -- among the best. Vault Careers, October 2016

Best Small Places for Business and Careers
According to Forbes, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Manhattan, Kansas, are great places for business and careers due to job growth, educational opportunities and business costs. Forbes, October 2016

Kansas State University's Interior Design Program Among Top Ten in U.S.

A 2016-2017 ranking places K-State's program as third among undergraduate interior design programs at public universities, and eighth -- in the top 5 percent -- among all undergraduate interior design programs nationally. DesignIntelligence, October 2016

America's Most Romantic Cities
Rose gardens, art and jazz are just a few of the features that make Kansas City so romantic, according to Travel + Leisure. Travel + Leisure, October 2016

In the Top 15 Most Fun & Affordable Cities
According to Business Insider, Kansas City is ideal for both a celebratory weekend getaway and permanent relocation. The ranking -- which dubs KC a place to "have a blast on the cheap" -- is based on availability and costs of entertainment and recreation, nightlife and parties. Business Insider, October 2016

Kansas City Declared "SolSmart Gold"
The U.S. Department of Energy's SolSmart program designates Kansas City as one of the first cities in the nation that encourages solar market growth. SolSmart, September 2016

In the Top 25 Cities Where Your Paycheck Stretches the Farthest
According to Forbes, Kansas Citians don’t have to choose between saving their paychecks and enjoying the lifestyle amenities. Forbes, September 2016

Lees Summit and Overland Park Two of Best Small Cities in U.S.
MONEY names the Missouri and Kansas cities two of the best places to live based on numerous factors such as education, health care, employment and more. MONEY, September, 2016

One of the Best Coffee Cities
According to WalletHub, Kansas City's coffee scene ranks in the top 50. This score is based on price, number of coffee shops, amount of donut shops and more. WalletHub, September 2016

No. 1 Favorite City for BBQ
Kansas City's BBQ earned top honors for the second year in a row. Once you try it, you will know why "burnt ends" is Kansas City's gift to the world. Travel + Leisure, September 2016

Overland Park is No. 1 City in U.S. for Families
Financial website WalletHub names Overland Park the best places for families to live in the entire country, based on quality of health care and safety systems; family fun and recreation opportunities; quality of education and child care systems; affordability; and the socioeconomic environment. WalletHub, September 2016

No. 1 City for an Affordable Getaway
Kansas City earns ranking as the No. 1 affordable vacation spot. Travel + Leisure readers praised KC's consistent hotel prices, free attractions and low-cost food. Travel + Leisure, September 2016

In the Top 10 "Investing Hot Spots"
According to Think Realty, Kansas City "definitely makes the grade as a current hot market." Factors that make KC great for investors include its low unemployment, high affordability and an entrepreneurial/start-up-friendly business community. Think Realty, August 2016

The Second Most-Improved Metro Area for Startup Growth

Kansas City jumps 11 places -- from 2015's 29th to this year's 18th -- on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's annual "Startup Activity Index," which measures business startup activity across the entire country. Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, August 2016

The Most Lovable City
According to The Huffington Post, Kansas City is the most lovable city in the nation. "Kansas City feels like home, it's just that simple. The city just has a way of embracing everyone." The Huffington Post, August 2016

Best Breweries in America
On the Boulevard Brewing Company tour, you will see a full museum, 10,000 sq. ft. beer hall, outdoor deck overlooking the city, 24 taps, foosball, in-door bus/photo booth, and many beer-friendly foods. Thrillist, August 2016

No. 1 Best City to Bootstrap an Online Business
The combination of the Kansas City region's low cost of living index, average internet speed and its evolution into an "entrepreneurial hub," are just a few of the reasons HighSpeedInternet ranks Kansas City as the best American city to start an online business. HighSpeedInternet, August 2016

Best Steakhouses in Every State
The best steakhouses in both Kansas and Missouri are located in the KC region according to The Daily Meal's list of the Best Steakhouses in Every State. Hereford House in Shawnee/Leawood, Kansas, and Jess & Jim’s Steakhouse in Kansas City, Missouri, earned the rankings. The Daily Meal, August 2016

Your Guide to American Made Watches
Kansas City-based Niall ranks No. 1 on Your Guide to American Made Watches by The Good Trade. Makers were selected based on luxury design and style. The Good Trade, August 2016

The Best Hospitals
Three Kansas City Hospitals rank on the Best Hospitals list by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were chosen and listed by specialty. U.S. News & World Report, August 2016

In the Top 10 Most Affordable Cities
Kansas City earns a spot on the 10 Most Affordable Cities in America by PureWow. Comparisons are drawn on housing, gym memberships, movie tickets and more. PureWow, July 2016 

Best Cities for Entrepreneurs
Four KC regional communities earn rankings on the 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine. The study conducted by Livability ranked cities on amenities, demographics, infrastructure and more. Entrepreneur Magazine & Livability, July 2016 

Top Momentum Markets
Kansas City ranks in the top 20 tech “momentum markets” in a market report by CBRE. KC ranks No. 28 overall for “Scoring Tech Talent,” and No. 18 in momentum markets based on its growth rate in tech jobs. CBRE, July 2016

Employment on the Rise
The University of Kansas ranks 23rd in the nation for improving employment rates over the past five year by the National Jurist. KU's 3.40 percent trend set them above other institutions. The National Jurist, July 2016 

The “Snackiest” City
Kansas City earns ranking as the “snackiest” city in America by Ibotta. The ranking was based on shopping and purchase behavior. Kansas City also landed among others for “ice creamiest,” “cheesiest,” “meatiest” and “sportiest” cities. Ibotta, July 2016

The Friendliest Cities in America
Kansas City secures No. 9 ranking on list of the Friendliest Cities in America by Travel + Leisure. The ranking order was chosen due to above-and-beyond sensitivity, affordability and walkability. Travel + Leisure, July 2016  

Bucket List BBQ
Joe’s Kansas City ranks on The Great American Bucket List: 50 Restaurants to Try Before You Die by Thrillist. The slab of ribs and burnt ends tied with passion earned Joe’s a spot on the list. Thrillist, July 2016 

In the Top 10 Cities for Creatives
SmartAsset names Kansas City one of the best places for creatives to live, particularly due to the region's low cost of living: 94 percent of the national average. SmartAsset, June 2016

Admirably Affordable
Kansas City secures a spot on the 15 Most Affordable U.S. Cities to Add to your Bucket List by Refinery29. Cities were evaluated based on vibrant art and music scenes, bars and restaurants. Refinery 29, June 2016 

A Best Place to Work
Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell ranks as a Best Workplace for Generation X, Recent Grads, Millennials and more by Great Place to Work. The rankings are based on employee surveys, where 95 percent of employees at Burns & McDonnell say their workplace is great. Great Place to Work, June 2016

The Best New Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.
Kansas City’s Betty Rae’s Ice Cream earns  a spot among eight other shops on The Best New Ice Cream Shops in the U.S. by Bloomberg Pursuits. The shops featured were based on flavor variety and season standouts. Bloomberg Pursuits, June 2016

Top Destination for Summer Vacation
KC ranks as one of the top summer travel destinations in a study performed by WalletHub. The study compares the 80 largest metro areas based on cost of cheapest flight, number of attractions, diversity of activities and more. WalletHub, June 2016

Top Design Firm
Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell ranks as the No. 1 engineering firm in the country serving the electrical power industry in a study by Engineering News Record. The ranking of ENRs Top 500 Design Firms was based on engineering and architecture design revenue. ENR, May 2016

Most Affordable Zip Codes
KC-regional community, Blue Springs, Missouri, ranks as the most affordable zip code with the highest-rated school systems in a report by HomeUnion. The study compared 31 major metropolitan areas on the status of median home prices and schools ranked by the National Center for Education Statistics.Yahoo, May 2016

America's Favorite Cities
Travel and Leisure boasts that Kansas City "continues to master high culture and comfort food," naming it one of America's Favorite Cities. Travel and Leisure, May 2016

Best Starter Cities for College Graduates
Kansas City ranks No. 3 on list of best starter cities for college graduates based on data gathered from LinkedIn and interpreted by Trulia. The ranking results are based on a city's job availability and affordability. Trulia & LinkedIn, May 2016

Best Stadium in MLB
The Kansas City Royals home, Kauffman Stadium, named No. 1 in the MLB by a poll via Sports on Earth. In the final round between Kauffman Stadium and PNC Park, Kauffman received 70.8 percent of the votes. Sports on Earth, May 2016

Infrastructure Industry Leaders
Overland Park-based Black & Veatch ranks No. 2 in telecommunications and power worldwide for U.S.-based engineering companies in the Top 500 Design Firms report by Engineering News-Record. Black & Veatch also ranked in the Top 50 Designers in International Markets list. Engineering News-Record, April 2016

KC is Better for Startups
The Kansas City region makes Forbes/Entrepreneurs list of Six Cities that offer Better Value for Growing Startups. Affordability, resources to entrepreneurs, government support and community camaraderie all factor into its appointment. Forbes, April 2016 

Best Cities for St. Patrick's Day
Kansas City ranks No. 18 on WalletHub's list of the Best and Worst cities for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Cities were rated based on local traditions, cost and the number of Irish pubs and restaurants per captia. WalletHub, March 2016

Best Designed Underground Spaces in America
Two Kansas City establishments are on  Thrillist's list of the Best Designed Underground Spaces in America. Jagers, a regional paintball facility, took the No. 1 spot and SubTropolis, the largest underground warehousing and distribution park in the U.S. took No. 10. Thrillist, March 2016

Hotbed of Arts and Culture
The National Center for Arts Research named Kansas City in the top 20 metro areas that are considered "Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture." Factors such as demand, supply and public support per capita for arts and culture were considered in this evaluation. National Center for Arts Research, March 2016

Most Underrated Party Towns
Kansas City is well known for its all out tailgates, and isn't one to shy away from a good party. Whether you visit the Power & Light District, Westport, one of the region's many sports bars, or a tailgate you are sure to have a memorable experience. Thrillist, March 2016

No. 3 Most Popular MLB Mascot
According to Forbes, the Kansas City Royals beloved mascot, Sluggerrr, is No.3 in the MLB. Watch out though, he may steal your cotton candy. Forbes, March 2016

Happiest City to Work
Kansas City ranked No. 19 on Forbes' list of the 20 Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now. Eight key factors were considered when creating this list including work-life balance, compensation, opportunities for advancement, resources and more. Forbes, February 2016

No. 7 Best Metro for Women in Business
Kansas City is  the seventh best U.S. metropolitan area for women to own a business according to WalletHub. Metros were ranked by the area's percentage of businesses owned by women, the number of employees of those businesses, and more. WalletHub, February 2016

KC: A Future Ready Economy
Dell ranks Kansas City in the Top 25 Future Ready Economies. According to the index used, future readiness is dependent on capitalizing the strengths of a given economy, not geography or whether a current economy is "better." Dell, February 2016

Regional A-List Agency
Kansas City-based VML is No. 9 on Ad Age's 2016 Agency A-List. The agency doubled in size in 2015, expanded its scope of work and won lead agency accounts while expanding existing client relationships. Add to that the biggest revenue growth in history and you can see how VML made the top 10. Ad Age, January 2016

America's Essential Restaurant
Eater's annual list of America's Essential Restaurants included KC regional favorite, Bluestem. Editors note that Bluestem is also recognized as a new addition that "stood out as culinary accomplishments so vibrant and so necessary that they demanded inclusion." Eater, January 2016

Among Top 25 App Economy
Kansas and Missouri are among the Top 25 App Economy States according to the Progressive Policy Institute. States were ranked based on the economic activity surrounding mobile applications, and the jobs created to fill app economy needs. Progressive Policy, January 2016

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