Are you thinking of moving to Kansas City? You are making a great choice! Kansas Citians are known for their warm, friendly personalities. The suburban public schools are some of the best in the country. And have you ever had terrific KC barbecue?

Before you move to the Kansas City area, it is essential that you understand the geography. The city spans two states: Kansas and Missouri. The Missouri side of Kansas City is the larger of the two. The Missouri side is home to the Royals and Chiefs. The Kansas side is home to the Sporting KC, the professional soccer team.

There are safe, suburban areas on both sides of the state line. Most of the people who live on the Kansas side live in one of these highly-rated suburban areas rather than in Kansas City, Kansas proper.

With such a complex metro area, it is essential that you talk with a local real estate agent before you begin your search for a home.

Here are five areas of Kansas City that you may want to consider.

Leawood

Leawood is an attractive suburb in Johnson County, Kansas. It is a safe, clean area that has top-notch public schools.

Most Leawood residents own their own home. The average home price is $430,000, which is much higher than the average home in the state of Kansas.

Ninety-three percent of the residents have some college experience or a Bachelor or Master’s degree. The median household income is $150,000.

Overland Park

Overland Park is a larger suburb than Leawood. Its population is 186,000.

Finding Overland Park on nationally-ranked livability studies is common. It is safe and offers solid public schools.

The average home in Overland Park is worth $248,000, and the median rent is $1,084. Unlike Leawood, there are plenty of rental options in the city of Overland Park although most residents own their own homes.

There is plenty of fine shopping and restaurants in this Kansas suburb. It is minutes away from the Country Club Plaza and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.

Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit is a suburban city on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area. It has solid public schools and is a safe place to live.

The average house in Lee’s Summit costs $200,000, and the average rent is $1,000 per month. The average household income is $83,600.

Westwood

Westwood is a tiny area of Kansas City that is technically considered a suburb, but it feels more urban than the traditional Johnson County suburb. It has a small population – around 1,700.

One benefit of living in Westwood is that the amenities of the larger city are practically in its backyard. Residents are minutes away from the Plaza, downtown, Union Station, and Crown Center.

Westwood children attend the highly regarded Shawnee Mission School district schools.

Shawnee

Shawnee is a suburban city on the Kansas side. It is in Johnson County. The city covers a large area with the older homes in the eastern side of the town, and the newer homes in the western part of town.

Shawnee children either attend the Shawnee Mission or DeSoto School Districts. Both districts have an excellent reputation.

The median home value in Shawnee is $214,900. Most residents own their own home. There are rental homes and duplexes available. The average rent is $920.

When choosing where to purchase a home, especially if you are new to the area, it is wise to talk with someone with complete knowledge of the real estate market. How do you find a person who knows the personalities of Kansas City neighborhoods?

Get in touch with a Clever Partner Agent from the Kansas City area. Your partner agent will not only give you advice on neighborhoods, but he or she will also work as your buyer’s agent when looking at homes.