Kansas City, Mo.

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Students will find good economic value in Kansas City, Mo., where youth unemployment and rents are below average. Our measures of economic conditions support this, along with a relatively strong labor market. The quality of life is evident in an above-average ranking for arts and entertainment, not a surprise for the birthplace of Charlie Parker and Bennie Molten, whose band Count Basie played in from 1929 to 1936. The jazz scene is still vibrant downtown, near the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. On the downside, student are more car dependent here than for most of the cities in the midsize group.

#12 Kansas City, Mo.

POPULATION: 2,071,639
STUDENTS: 126,183
RANKING DETAIL:
#9 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#14 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#19 CITY ACCESS
#10 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#14 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#5 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#13 LABOR FORCE
#14 INNOVATION
#5 RENT

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