There are many reasons people flock to the midwest; to get away from the big city, live a simple life, or maybe to be closer to family. It’s no wonder that out of 125 other large metropolitan cities in the US, Kansas City was ranked number 49 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. It may surprise some when you hear that Kansas City is also ranked for senior living. Here are the top reasons why seniors should choose to live in Kansas City.
Surrounded by World-Class Healthcare
When moving to a retirement community one of your top priorities will be health care, whether that be the in-house care or hospitals nearby. Kansas City is home to St. Luke’s Hospital, a nationally ranked hospital for two adult specialties while also being honored as high performing in two additional specialties.
Kansas City is also home to the University of Kansas Hospital, another nationally ranked hospital. According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Kansas Hospital is nationally ranked for eight adult specialties and it also achieved the highest rating possible in six procedures or conditions. It is an academic medical center that is affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Medicine, which also happens to be a nationally recognized school of medicine.
A Low Cost of Living
Kansas City is a great place to consider moving to retire for many reasons, and one big reason is the low cost of living. Kansas City ranks 94 for overall living, which includes many things from utility cost to groceries and healthcare, and is less than the national average with a ranking at 100. The housing ranking comes in at 78, well below the national average. When you are lucky enough to find a city where the cost of living is low you are able to keep more money in your pocket, and even get more space at a great price.
Metro Amenities and a Simple Lifestyle
Kansas City is a top assisted living destination for its simple lifestyle with big-city amenities. Sure, you have an amazing downtown district and The Plaza, not to mention all of the great shopping around the metro, but you are also not far from the beautiful rural areas that Kansas and Missouri have to offer. If you ever want to take a short drive to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you are not far from peace and quiet with nature all around you.
There are so many things that you can do outside of the bright lights of the city. For instance, if you don’t mind a short trip to Louisburg, you can visit the famous Louisburg Cider Mill. Known for their corn maze, pumpkin patch, and delicious cider donuts, you can be sure to have some small-town fun. Visit the small County Store to grab your favorite goodies to take back home with you. Just don’t forget the apple butter or apple cider, you can never go wrong with those choices!
If you don’t mind staying within the city limits and having some fun around the city, there are TONS of things to do, many of which are even free! Maybe you are a fan of craft beer, check out one of the many breweries around the city from Cinder Block Brewery to Boulevard Brewery. Is coffee more your style? Check out The Roasterie on the first or third Thursday of every month for a free public cupping (coffee tasting) and sample a variety of coffee flavors from all over the world.
Kansas City is also home to many types of museums that attract people from all over the country. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art may be one of the more famous of the KC museums, which is home to the world’s largest shuttlecocks, standing 18-feet-tall and scattered around the lawn in front of the museum.
Kansas City is also where you will find the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Go and visit the amazing exhibitions and galleries and explore the past through interactive exhibits. Cross the Paul Sunderland Bridge which is suspended over a symbolic Western Front poppy field. The field houses nine thousand poppies, each poppy representing one thousand deaths, symbolizing the nine million lives lost as a direct result of the war.
KC Loves its Sports Teams
I’m sure you have heard of a few teams from Kansas City like the 2019 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs or the 2015 World Series Champions the Kansas City Royals. Maybe you’re a fan of soccer, they have that too, the 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City. Kansas City loves its sports teams, and for good reason, look at all those champions! You can bet that every sports season, the city is bright and full of color, be it red or blue, to cheer on their teams loud and proud.
There are many great places around town to catch the game too! If you love soccer, No Other Pub in the Power and Light District is the place to be. Sitting across from the Spring Center, No Other Pub has tons of games to play from billiards to bowling, while you sit back and watch the game.
Did Someone Say Barbeque?
Joes, Arthur Bryants, Jack Stack, and Gates might just sound like a bunch of random names to you, but in Kansas City, they are some of the best barbeque restaurants in town. KC is well known for its barbeque, with award-winning restaurants everywhere you look. Many people travel to Kansas City for a variety of reasons, and you can bet that while they are visiting, they are sure to stop in for some bbq.
Whether you decide to move to Kansas City for the sports atmosphere or the world-class healthcare, choosing to retire in Kansas City is a decision you will not regret. With many activities and entertainment options at your fingertips along with great healthcare providers, you are sure to be in good hands.