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353 Apartments for rent in Kansas City, KS

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Check out 353 verified apartments for rent in Kansas City, KS with rents starting as low as $500. Some apartments for rent in Kansas City might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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20 Units Available
Prairie View
11200 Delaware Pkwy , Kansas City, KS
I-435 West Kansas City
1 Bedroom
$1,129
869 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,459
1311 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 06:21 PM
Gorgeous, modern apartments with granite kitchen counters, new carpet, updated tile in living room and bath. Google Fiber internet. Spacious living areas and bedrooms. Fully equipped modern gym in building. In-unit laundry for convenience.
Verified
1 Unit Available
Sun River Apartments
1080 402 River Falls Rd , Kansas City, KS
Edwardsville
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$855
946 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 06:02 PM
A breathtaking view in all directions is just the beginning! Sun River Apartments is located conveniently in the center of the Salt Lake valley and offers everything you are looking for in an apartment home.
Verified
12 Units Available
Woodview
3124 Woodview Ridge Dr , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
$893
795 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,242
1144 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:45 PM
Take a dip in our sparkling swimming pool or hot tub, relax in our resident lounge with cafe and complimentary WiFi or work off a long day in our 24 hour fitness center.
Verified
3 Units Available
University Plaza
4148 Booth Pl , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$800
700 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:44 PM
University Plaza is just blocks away from KU Medical Center and short drive to The Country Club Plaza and Westport with all the shopping, dining, and entertainment that Kansas City has to offer.
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10 Units Available
Johnson Med Center
3808 Booth St , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
$795
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$975
800 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 03:44 PM
Seize your chance to live in one of the premier apartment communities in Kansas City, KS. Picture coming home every day to the warm embrace of meticulous landscaping, comfortable homes, and thoughtful amenities tailored to enhance your life.
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50 Units Available
Royal Ridge Apartments
7350 State Ave , Kansas City, KS
Victory Hills
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$600
2 Bedrooms
$625
Last updated December 19 at 01:00 AM
Located just north of I-70, these apartments offer comfortable design and plenty of room to spread out in. Laundry facilities available in complex. Short drive to Kansas City Kansas Community College or Delaware Park.
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34 Units Available
Village West
11100 Delaware Pkwy , Kansas City, KS
I-435 West Kansas City
1 Bedroom
$981
895 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,278
1115 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,945
1385 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:21 PM
Upscale one- and two-bedroom apartments with high ceilings, garden style bathtubs, and quality finishes throughout. Elegant clubhouse, stunning pool and spa, and media room with surround sound. Located with prime access to I-435.
Verified
4 Units Available
City View at St. Margaret's
759 Vermont Ave , Kansas City, KS
Riverview
1 Bedroom
$770
606 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$900
977 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 12:15 PM
City View at St. Margaret's is a beautiful modern building featuring 111 residencies in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom configurations with contemporary interiors. St.
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2 Units Available
Horace Mann Lofts
824 State Avenue , Kansas City, KS
Riverview
1 Bedroom
$770
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,000
916 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:07 PM
Horace Mann Lofts is a beautiful Modern Historic School featuring 30 residencies in 1 and 2 bedrooms with contemporary interiors. Horace Mann Lofts has original hardwood flooring, chalk boards and a lot of rich history.
Verified
7 Units Available
Malvern Hill
3942 Adams Street #1 , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
$682
420 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$788
720 sqft
Last updated August 26 at 09:23 PM
Enjoy luxurious living in the city! Welcome home to Malvern Hill Apartment Homes in Kansas City, Kansas. We are the essence of tranquility tucked among the trees and rolling, lush landscape, to provide a lifestyle that is both attractive and relaxed.
1 Unit Available
8118 Armstrong Avenue
8118 Armstrong Avenue , Kansas City, KS
Victory Hills
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
960 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 06:26 PM
Another Great Listing From Michael and Renters Warehouse! Check out this completely renovated 3 bedroom / 1 bath home in Kansas City! Beautiful finishes throughout with white shaker cabinets and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.
1 Unit Available
2924 Eaton Street
2924 Eaton Street , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
3 Bedrooms
$1,150
1075 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 05:46 PM
3 bedroom bath available. 3 level town home with single car garage. First level includes garage as well as utility room. 2nd floor contains the kitchen, living, & Master bed and bath. Top floor includes 2 bedrooms with full bath.
1 Unit Available
45 South Coy Street
45 South Coy Street , Kansas City, KS
Riverview
3 Bedrooms
$995
940 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 05:45 PM
Make sure to check out this cute 3 bed, 1 bath home in Kansas City, KS today! Located near Hwy 71 this home boasts easy highway access to commute around the city. It also has the benefit of being close to many shopping and dining options.
1 Unit Available
2613 North 30 Street
2613 North 30th Street , Kansas City, KS
Northwest
3 Bedrooms
$1,175
1766 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 05:45 PM
Beautiful Ranch located in a peaceful subdivision; Established Long time Residents with A True sense of Community.
1 Unit Available
2530 West 47th Avenue
2530 W 47th Ave , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
800 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 05:45 PM
2 bed 1 bath across the street from Westwood and down the street from KU Med and the original KC Joes's. Tenant only pays electric and water. All units have unlimited hot water with three tank-less hot water systems. Newer HVAC systems.
1 Unit Available
1421 North 55 Drive - B
1421 N 55th Dr , Kansas City, KS
Coronado
2 Bedrooms
$750
735 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
This is a recently updated throughout 2 bedroom apartment. New paint, lighting, flooring, etc. Call this updated apartment home! This is one of the units within a 4-plex. Each unit has a reserved parking spot for one vehicle.
1 Unit Available
1432 North 55th Drive - B
1432 N 55th Dr , Kansas City, KS
Coronado
2 Bedrooms
$750
720 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
This is a recently updated throughout 2 bedroom apartment. New paint, lighting, flooring, etc. Call this updated apartment home! This is one of the units within a 4-plex. Each unit has a reserved parking spot for one vehicle.
1 Unit Available
1646 North 18th Street - B
1646 N 18th St , Kansas City, KS
Kensington
1 Bedroom
$525
615 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
Cozy 1 bedroom town home. Features living space and dining space with direct access to bedroom and to kitchen. Includes a garage for parking or extra storage. Front porch good for Spring/Summer lounging and back deck great for private entertaining.
1 Unit Available
3946 Booth Street - 1
3946 Booth Street , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
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3 Bedrooms
$1,295
1200 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 12:16 PM
Move in special, 1/2 off of one month's rent! Great location right next to KU Med. This is a large 3 bedroom ground floor unit in a duplex. All appliances are included as well as a washer and dryer.
1 Unit Available
512 Splitlog Ave
512 Splitlog Avenue , Kansas City, KS
Riverview
2 Bedrooms
$900
850 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
Casa Linda Gardens - Property Id: 370143 Free move-in month on a 14 month lease Free move-in month and full free following month on 18 month lease Tenant pays flat rate of $55/mo for water Tenant pays gas Tenant pays electricity New Kitchen! New
1 Unit Available
3901 S Minnie Street
3901 South Minnie Street , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
1011 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
Home available close to KU Med and Shops and Entertainment - This KCKS Home is located just West of KU Med Center and is a 3 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom. Great Location just West of 39th Street shops. The Home has a modern Open floor plan.
1 Unit Available
4117 Adams St. 308
4117 Adams St , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
$850
825 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
The Flats at University Village - Property Id: 366593 The Flats at University Village!!! Blocks from KU Medical Center. Walking distance to 39th Street Shops. Just a short drive to Midtown and Westport.
1 Unit Available
4201 S Minnie St 2
4201 South Minnie Street , Kansas City, KS
Rosedale
1 Bedroom
$650
350 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 09:56 AM
Minne Ridge Apt 2 - Property Id: 104471 Great studio in a secured, newly remodeled building. Full size fridge. W/D included! Onsite parking with two designated spots. Coded entry doors to hallway. Fully lit and camera covered parking lot.
1 Unit Available
6009 Corona Avenue
6009 Corona Avenue , Kansas City, KS
Coronado
3 Bedrooms
$850
957 sqft
Last updated September 23 at 09:55 AM
6009 Corona Ave - 6009 Corona Ave is a 3 bed 1 bath home that has easy access to highways I-70 and 635! -3 bed -1 bath -Fridge -Range -W/D connections -Fenced yard Reliable Properties is a pet friendly management company (2 pet limit).
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How much is rent in Kansas City?
In Kansas City, the median rent is $587 for a studio, $743 for a 1-bedroom, $911 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,246 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Kansas City, check out our monthly Kansas City Rent Report.
How much is rent in Kansas City?
In Kansas City, the median rent is $587 for a studio, $743 for a 1-bedroom, $911 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,246 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Kansas City, check out our monthly Kansas City Rent Report.
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While some Kansas City properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Kansas City. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Kansas, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Washburn University, and Johnson County Community College.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Kansas City. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Kansas, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Washburn University, and Johnson County Community College.

Median Rent in Kansas City

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Kansas City is $743, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $911.
Studio
$587
1 Bed
$743
2 Beds
$911
3+ Beds
$1,246
City GuideKansas City
We know what you must be thinking: I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ They got a crazy way of loving there/ And I'm gonna get me some! The important thing is that you’ve come to the right place to score some sweet digs in Kansas City, Kansas. So journey on, bold apartment hunter, and you’ll be livin’ it up in the Jayhawk State in a jiffy …
We know what you must be thinking: I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ They got a crazy way of loving there/ And I'm gonna get me some! The important thing is that you’ve come to the right place to score some sweet digs in Kansas City, Kansas. So journey on, bold apartment hunter, and you’ll be livin’ it up in the Jayhawk State in a jiffy …

Having trouble with Craigslist Kansas City? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

A Peek at the “Other Kansas City”

Just FYI: Outsiders often mistake Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri as distinct entities, but the truth is that KCK is actually an extension/suburb of KCMO. In fact, if you get lost driving around either city, you might be surprised (and mildly irritated) to notice that you keep passing “Welcome to Kansas” or “Welcome to Missouri” signs (so buy a GPS, dammit!). Some other key facts about life in KCK include:

Cheap and easy: Great news for budget-conscious leasers: The cost of living in KCK is about 25 percent less than the rest of the country, and rental prices average less than $600. In fact, unless you want to live in one of downtown’s spacious luxury lofts or a 3BR-plus unit, you couldn’t spend more than a grand even if you wanted to. So you can save your money for life’s more important things, like Chiefs tickets and world-famous Kansas City barbecue.

Don’t forget your Dale, Jr. sleeveless tee: KCMO is undoubtedly a gridiron city, but in its sister town across the border, NASCAR is king. The Kansas Speedway regularly hosts racing events and is perhaps the city’s hottest attraction, so don’t forget to pack your arsenal of Ricky Bobby quotes. Hotspots include a nearly 400-acre water park and the revitalized shopping/entertainment district in West Village.

No border wars in today’s K.C.: Interesting historical footnote to impress your buddies at the racetrack: The American Civil War essentially kicked off on the Kansas-Missouri border, earning the Jayhawk State the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” Never fear, modern Midwesterners: Tempers have calmed down since then, and it’s not unusual for Kansas City folks to live on one side of the border and work/play on the other. Travelers can typically get from home to work and vice versa in less than a half hour.

A Peek at the “Other Kansas City”
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Just FYI: Outsiders often mistake Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri as distinct entities, but the truth is that KCK is actually an extension/suburb of KCMO. In fact, if you get lost driving around either city, you might be surprised (and mildly irritated) to notice that you keep passing “Welcome to Kansas” or “Welcome to Missouri” signs (so buy a GPS, dammit!). Some other key facts about life in KCK include:

Cheap and easy: Great news for budget-conscious leasers: The cost of living in KCK is about 25 percent less than the rest of the country, and rental prices average less than $600. In fact, unless you want to live in one of downtown’s spacious luxury lofts or a 3BR-plus unit, you couldn’t spend more than a grand even if you wanted to. So you can save your money for life’s more important things, like Chiefs tickets and world-famous Kansas City barbecue.

Don’t forget your Dale, Jr. sleeveless tee: KCMO is undoubtedly a gridiron city, but in its sister town across the border, NASCAR is king. The Kansas Speedway regularly hosts racing events and is perhaps the city’s hottest attraction, so don’t forget to pack your arsenal of Ricky Bobby quotes. Hotspots include a nearly 400-acre water park and the revitalized shopping/entertainment district in West Village.

No border wars in today’s K.C.: Interesting historical footnote to impress your buddies at the racetrack: The American Civil War essentially kicked off on the Kansas-Missouri border, earning the Jayhawk State the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” Never fear, modern Midwesterners: Tempers have calmed down since then, and it’s not unusual for Kansas City folks to live on one side of the border and work/play on the other. Travelers can typically get from home to work and vice versa in less than a half hour.

Snagging a Super Sweet Pad

Plenty of rental units remain available. The housing surplus that’s swept much of the nation in recent years has left its imprint on KCK, and nearly ten percent of the city’s residential dwellings sit vacant, just waiting for peeps like you to claim them. Some things to consider before signing the dotted line:

Take your pick: Ultra-vintage… More than half of all KCK residences were built prior to 1970, while nearly 20 percent sprung up prior to 1940. So unlike some other KC suburbs whose neighborhoods are riddled with cookie cutter lodgings, KCK ‘hoods like Rosedale, Strawberry Hill, and Argentine have a distinct old world quality to them. So especially if you’re looking to rent a house rather than an apartment, you’ll have a variety of well-established/historic homes to pick from.

Or ultramodern: If you’d rather shack up in a bright, shiny new apartment/condo/townhouse (and let someone else handle grass-cutting duties), you’ll find an ample number of those, too, especially in the new-and-improved downtown area and the western parts of KCK. Many of these rentals come complete with all the modern amenities (W/D connections, remodeled kitchen areas, rec rooms, etc.) and quite a few even pick up your utilities tab.

A renter’s market: If KCK apartment managers tell you that units aren’t available, it means you did something to tick them off and they want nothing to do with you. Seriously, waiting lists are practically nonexistent, and move-in specials are standard, so play the field and be picky. Landlords compete heavily with each other to entice new tenants, and many property managers even offer to re-paint your new lodgings (using the color of your choice) before you move in. Whether you want hardwood or plush carpet, a single floor or a multi-level unit, or anything else, you’ll find no shortage of options.

Bring along the basics: Make sure that when you’re ready to submit a leasing application, you bring along paycheck stubs, banking statements, and rental/residential history info. Also, consider picking up renter’s insurance (less than 20 bucks a month in KCK).

Snagging a Super Sweet Pad
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Plenty of rental units remain available. The housing surplus that’s swept much of the nation in recent years has left its imprint on KCK, and nearly ten percent of the city’s residential dwellings sit vacant, just waiting for peeps like you to claim them. Some things to consider before signing the dotted line:

Take your pick: Ultra-vintage… More than half of all KCK residences were built prior to 1970, while nearly 20 percent sprung up prior to 1940. So unlike some other KC suburbs whose neighborhoods are riddled with cookie cutter lodgings, KCK ‘hoods like Rosedale, Strawberry Hill, and Argentine have a distinct old world quality to them. So especially if you’re looking to rent a house rather than an apartment, you’ll have a variety of well-established/historic homes to pick from.

Or ultramodern: If you’d rather shack up in a bright, shiny new apartment/condo/townhouse (and let someone else handle grass-cutting duties), you’ll find an ample number of those, too, especially in the new-and-improved downtown area and the western parts of KCK. Many of these rentals come complete with all the modern amenities (W/D connections, remodeled kitchen areas, rec rooms, etc.) and quite a few even pick up your utilities tab.

A renter’s market: If KCK apartment managers tell you that units aren’t available, it means you did something to tick them off and they want nothing to do with you. Seriously, waiting lists are practically nonexistent, and move-in specials are standard, so play the field and be picky. Landlords compete heavily with each other to entice new tenants, and many property managers even offer to re-paint your new lodgings (using the color of your choice) before you move in. Whether you want hardwood or plush carpet, a single floor or a multi-level unit, or anything else, you’ll find no shortage of options.

Bring along the basics: Make sure that when you’re ready to submit a leasing application, you bring along paycheck stubs, banking statements, and rental/residential history info. Also, consider picking up renter’s insurance (less than 20 bucks a month in KCK).

Choosing the Prime Location

Generally, the more modern neighborhoods are clustered in the western parts of KCK, while the old school, economically-priced digs are located in the central and eastern districts. It’s not unusual to find apartments and rental homes in western ‘hoods like Maywood and Wolcott, which put you in prime location for the city’s shopping and entertainment venues, in the $1500-$1700 range. The further east you go, meanwhile, the more likely you are to find rentals for $600 or less. What’s important to realize is that the various ‘hoods of KCK (unlike so many other Midwest “sprawls”) have their own distinct character, so be sure to visit a prospective area in advance to gauge its vibes.

Quick reference point: Modern rental homes and newly-constructed apartments are situated heavily in the west. The downtown area is your best bet if you want to live in a high rise or luxury unit in an urbanized environment. And the neighborhoods immediately surrounding downtown and further east offer a mixture of well-established single-family homes for rent and smaller, older apartments.

Hope this helps, and happy hunting in KCK!

Choosing the Prime Location
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Generally, the more modern neighborhoods are clustered in the western parts of KCK, while the old school, economically-priced digs are located in the central and eastern districts. It’s not unusual to find apartments and rental homes in western ‘hoods like Maywood and Wolcott, which put you in prime location for the city’s shopping and entertainment venues, in the $1500-$1700 range. The further east you go, meanwhile, the more likely you are to find rentals for $600 or less. What’s important to realize is that the various ‘hoods of KCK (unlike so many other Midwest “sprawls”) have their own distinct character, so be sure to visit a prospective area in advance to gauge its vibes.

Quick reference point: Modern rental homes and newly-constructed apartments are situated heavily in the west. The downtown area is your best bet if you want to live in a high rise or luxury unit in an urbanized environment. And the neighborhoods immediately surrounding downtown and further east offer a mixture of well-established single-family homes for rent and smaller, older apartments.

Hope this helps, and happy hunting in KCK!

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City GuideKansas City
We know what you must be thinking: I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ They got a crazy way of loving there/ And I'm gonna get me some! The important thing is that you’ve come to the right place to score some sweet digs in Kansas City, Kansas. So journey on, bold apartment hunter, and you’ll be livin’ it up in the Jayhawk State in a jiffy …
We know what you must be thinking: I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ I'm going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come/ They got a crazy way of loving there/ And I'm gonna get me some! The important thing is that you’ve come to the right place to score some sweet digs in Kansas City, Kansas. So journey on, bold apartment hunter, and you’ll be livin’ it up in the Jayhawk State in a jiffy …

Having trouble with Craigslist Kansas City? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

A Peek at the “Other Kansas City”

Just FYI: Outsiders often mistake Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri as distinct entities, but the truth is that KCK is actually an extension/suburb of KCMO. In fact, if you get lost driving around either city, you might be surprised (and mildly irritated) to notice that you keep passing “Welcome to Kansas” or “Welcome to Missouri” signs (so buy a GPS, dammit!). Some other key facts about life in KCK include:

Cheap and easy: Great news for budget-conscious leasers: The cost of living in KCK is about 25 percent less than the rest of the country, and rental prices average less than $600. In fact, unless you want to live in one of downtown’s spacious luxury lofts or a 3BR-plus unit, you couldn’t spend more than a grand even if you wanted to. So you can save your money for life’s more important things, like Chiefs tickets and world-famous Kansas City barbecue.

Don’t forget your Dale, Jr. sleeveless tee: KCMO is undoubtedly a gridiron city, but in its sister town across the border, NASCAR is king. The Kansas Speedway regularly hosts racing events and is perhaps the city’s hottest attraction, so don’t forget to pack your arsenal of Ricky Bobby quotes. Hotspots include a nearly 400-acre water park and the revitalized shopping/entertainment district in West Village.

No border wars in today’s K.C.: Interesting historical footnote to impress your buddies at the racetrack: The American Civil War essentially kicked off on the Kansas-Missouri border, earning the Jayhawk State the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” Never fear, modern Midwesterners: Tempers have calmed down since then, and it’s not unusual for Kansas City folks to live on one side of the border and work/play on the other. Travelers can typically get from home to work and vice versa in less than a half hour.

A Peek at the “Other Kansas City”
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Just FYI: Outsiders often mistake Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri as distinct entities, but the truth is that KCK is actually an extension/suburb of KCMO. In fact, if you get lost driving around either city, you might be surprised (and mildly irritated) to notice that you keep passing “Welcome to Kansas” or “Welcome to Missouri” signs (so buy a GPS, dammit!). Some other key facts about life in KCK include:

Cheap and easy: Great news for budget-conscious leasers: The cost of living in KCK is about 25 percent less than the rest of the country, and rental prices average less than $600. In fact, unless you want to live in one of downtown’s spacious luxury lofts or a 3BR-plus unit, you couldn’t spend more than a grand even if you wanted to. So you can save your money for life’s more important things, like Chiefs tickets and world-famous Kansas City barbecue.

Don’t forget your Dale, Jr. sleeveless tee: KCMO is undoubtedly a gridiron city, but in its sister town across the border, NASCAR is king. The Kansas Speedway regularly hosts racing events and is perhaps the city’s hottest attraction, so don’t forget to pack your arsenal of Ricky Bobby quotes. Hotspots include a nearly 400-acre water park and the revitalized shopping/entertainment district in West Village.

No border wars in today’s K.C.: Interesting historical footnote to impress your buddies at the racetrack: The American Civil War essentially kicked off on the Kansas-Missouri border, earning the Jayhawk State the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” Never fear, modern Midwesterners: Tempers have calmed down since then, and it’s not unusual for Kansas City folks to live on one side of the border and work/play on the other. Travelers can typically get from home to work and vice versa in less than a half hour.

Snagging a Super Sweet Pad

Plenty of rental units remain available. The housing surplus that’s swept much of the nation in recent years has left its imprint on KCK, and nearly ten percent of the city’s residential dwellings sit vacant, just waiting for peeps like you to claim them. Some things to consider before signing the dotted line:

Take your pick: Ultra-vintage… More than half of all KCK residences were built prior to 1970, while nearly 20 percent sprung up prior to 1940. So unlike some other KC suburbs whose neighborhoods are riddled with cookie cutter lodgings, KCK ‘hoods like Rosedale, Strawberry Hill, and Argentine have a distinct old world quality to them. So especially if you’re looking to rent a house rather than an apartment, you’ll have a variety of well-established/historic homes to pick from.

Or ultramodern: If you’d rather shack up in a bright, shiny new apartment/condo/townhouse (and let someone else handle grass-cutting duties), you’ll find an ample number of those, too, especially in the new-and-improved downtown area and the western parts of KCK. Many of these rentals come complete with all the modern amenities (W/D connections, remodeled kitchen areas, rec rooms, etc.) and quite a few even pick up your utilities tab.

A renter’s market: If KCK apartment managers tell you that units aren’t available, it means you did something to tick them off and they want nothing to do with you. Seriously, waiting lists are practically nonexistent, and move-in specials are standard, so play the field and be picky. Landlords compete heavily with each other to entice new tenants, and many property managers even offer to re-paint your new lodgings (using the color of your choice) before you move in. Whether you want hardwood or plush carpet, a single floor or a multi-level unit, or anything else, you’ll find no shortage of options.

Bring along the basics: Make sure that when you’re ready to submit a leasing application, you bring along paycheck stubs, banking statements, and rental/residential history info. Also, consider picking up renter’s insurance (less than 20 bucks a month in KCK).

Snagging a Super Sweet Pad
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Plenty of rental units remain available. The housing surplus that’s swept much of the nation in recent years has left its imprint on KCK, and nearly ten percent of the city’s residential dwellings sit vacant, just waiting for peeps like you to claim them. Some things to consider before signing the dotted line:

Take your pick: Ultra-vintage… More than half of all KCK residences were built prior to 1970, while nearly 20 percent sprung up prior to 1940. So unlike some other KC suburbs whose neighborhoods are riddled with cookie cutter lodgings, KCK ‘hoods like Rosedale, Strawberry Hill, and Argentine have a distinct old world quality to them. So especially if you’re looking to rent a house rather than an apartment, you’ll have a variety of well-established/historic homes to pick from.

Or ultramodern: If you’d rather shack up in a bright, shiny new apartment/condo/townhouse (and let someone else handle grass-cutting duties), you’ll find an ample number of those, too, especially in the new-and-improved downtown area and the western parts of KCK. Many of these rentals come complete with all the modern amenities (W/D connections, remodeled kitchen areas, rec rooms, etc.) and quite a few even pick up your utilities tab.

A renter’s market: If KCK apartment managers tell you that units aren’t available, it means you did something to tick them off and they want nothing to do with you. Seriously, waiting lists are practically nonexistent, and move-in specials are standard, so play the field and be picky. Landlords compete heavily with each other to entice new tenants, and many property managers even offer to re-paint your new lodgings (using the color of your choice) before you move in. Whether you want hardwood or plush carpet, a single floor or a multi-level unit, or anything else, you’ll find no shortage of options.

Bring along the basics: Make sure that when you’re ready to submit a leasing application, you bring along paycheck stubs, banking statements, and rental/residential history info. Also, consider picking up renter’s insurance (less than 20 bucks a month in KCK).

Choosing the Prime Location

Generally, the more modern neighborhoods are clustered in the western parts of KCK, while the old school, economically-priced digs are located in the central and eastern districts. It’s not unusual to find apartments and rental homes in western ‘hoods like Maywood and Wolcott, which put you in prime location for the city’s shopping and entertainment venues, in the $1500-$1700 range. The further east you go, meanwhile, the more likely you are to find rentals for $600 or less. What’s important to realize is that the various ‘hoods of KCK (unlike so many other Midwest “sprawls”) have their own distinct character, so be sure to visit a prospective area in advance to gauge its vibes.

Quick reference point: Modern rental homes and newly-constructed apartments are situated heavily in the west. The downtown area is your best bet if you want to live in a high rise or luxury unit in an urbanized environment. And the neighborhoods immediately surrounding downtown and further east offer a mixture of well-established single-family homes for rent and smaller, older apartments.

Hope this helps, and happy hunting in KCK!

Choosing the Prime Location
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Generally, the more modern neighborhoods are clustered in the western parts of KCK, while the old school, economically-priced digs are located in the central and eastern districts. It’s not unusual to find apartments and rental homes in western ‘hoods like Maywood and Wolcott, which put you in prime location for the city’s shopping and entertainment venues, in the $1500-$1700 range. The further east you go, meanwhile, the more likely you are to find rentals for $600 or less. What’s important to realize is that the various ‘hoods of KCK (unlike so many other Midwest “sprawls”) have their own distinct character, so be sure to visit a prospective area in advance to gauge its vibes.

Quick reference point: Modern rental homes and newly-constructed apartments are situated heavily in the west. The downtown area is your best bet if you want to live in a high rise or luxury unit in an urbanized environment. And the neighborhoods immediately surrounding downtown and further east offer a mixture of well-established single-family homes for rent and smaller, older apartments.

Hope this helps, and happy hunting in KCK!

Rent Report
Kansas City

September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report. Kansas City rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kansas City rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Kansas City rents increased moderately over the past month

Kansas City rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Kansas City stand at $744 for a one-bedroom apartment and $912 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Kansas City's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Kansas City Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of Kansas City throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in all of of the largest 10 cities in the Kansas City metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Leawood has the most expensive rents in the Kansas City metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,507; the city has also seen rent growth of 7.5% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Kansas City proper has the least expensive rents in the Kansas City metro, with a two-bedroom median of $912; rents rose 0.3% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

    Kansas City rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    Rent growth in Kansas City has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Kansas City is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Although rents across cities in Kansas have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in Topeka and 2.0% in Wichita.
    • Kansas City's median two-bedroom rent of $912 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Kansas City remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%), Detroit (+0.8%), Dallas (+-0.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,107, $902, and $1,130 respectively.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Kansas City than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than three times the price in Kansas City.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Kansas City
    $750
    $920
    0.1%
    1.7%
    Overland Park
    $1,000
    $1,220
    0.3%
    0.8%
    Kansas City
    $740
    $910
    0.3%
    0.2%
    Olathe
    $960
    $1,180
    0.2%
    1.8%
    Independence
    $740
    $910
    0.1%
    1.4%
    Shawnee
    $880
    $1,080
    0.9%
    2.2%
    Blue Springs
    $920
    $1,120
    0.3%
    1.3%
    Lenexa
    $1,010
    $1,240
    0.1%
    3%
    Leawood
    $1,230
    $1,510
    0.1%
    7.5%
    Liberty
    $750
    $920
    0.4%
    1.4%
    Grandview
    $690
    $840
    0.1%
    1.8%
    Belton
    $870
    $1,070
    -0.2%
    -1.1%
    Gardner
    $910
    $1,120
    0.3%
    -0.3%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report. Kansas City rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kansas City rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Kansas City Rent Report. Kansas City rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kansas City rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Kansas City rents increased moderately over the past month

    Kansas City rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but have been relatively flat at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Kansas City stand at $744 for a one-bedroom apartment and $912 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Kansas City's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Kansas City Metro

      While rents have remained steady in the city of Kansas City throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in all of of the largest 10 cities in the Kansas City metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Leawood has the most expensive rents in the Kansas City metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,507; the city has also seen rent growth of 7.5% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
      • Kansas City proper has the least expensive rents in the Kansas City metro, with a two-bedroom median of $912; rents rose 0.3% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.

      Kansas City rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      Rent growth in Kansas City has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Kansas City is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

      • Although rents across cities in Kansas have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.2% in Topeka and 2.0% in Wichita.
      • Kansas City's median two-bedroom rent of $912 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Kansas City remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%), Detroit (+0.8%), Dallas (+-0.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,107, $902, and $1,130 respectively.
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Kansas City than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than three times the price in Kansas City.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Kansas City
      $750
      $920
      0.1%
      1.7%
      Overland Park
      $1,000
      $1,220
      0.3%
      0.8%
      Kansas City
      $740
      $910
      0.3%
      0.2%
      Olathe
      $960
      $1,180
      0.2%
      1.8%
      Independence
      $740
      $910
      0.1%
      1.4%
      Shawnee
      $880
      $1,080
      0.9%
      2.2%
      Blue Springs
      $920
      $1,120
      0.3%
      1.3%
      Lenexa
      $1,010
      $1,240
      0.1%
      3%
      Leawood
      $1,230
      $1,510
      0.1%
      7.5%
      Liberty
      $750
      $920
      0.4%
      1.4%
      Grandview
      $690
      $840
      0.1%
      1.8%
      Belton
      $870
      $1,070
      -0.2%
      -1.1%
      Gardner
      $910
      $1,120
      0.3%
      -0.3%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Kansas City Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Kansas City from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “Kansas City renters seem to be very satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most renters gave average or above average scores across the board.”

      Key findings in Kansas City include the following:

      • Kansas City renters give their city an A overall for satisfaction.
      • Some of the highest-rated categories for Kansas City included affordability/cost of living (A+), local jobs and career opportunities (A-), and pet friendliness (A).
      • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with access to public transit (B-) and safety (B-).
      • Renters were not as satisfied with the quality of local schools, giving this category a C rating.
      • Millennial renters are especially satisfied with Kansas City, giving it an A overall.
      • Kansas City did relatively well alongside other cities such as Oklahoma City, OK (B+), Tulsa, OK (B+), and Lincoln, NE (A+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

      Renters say:

      • “I love the ability to walk to and from local clubs and bars and to have Uber or taxis available to local places at low cost.” —Alex B.
      • “I love the city feel without all the negatives that come with it. Very affordable and safe to live here.” —Kyle D.
      • “I don't like the weather, but I love all of the places I live close to.” —Alaina M.
      • “Inner city is in ruins; lack of grocery stores and department stores. Too many bars and not enough affordable family facilities. Crime is a minus.” —Anon.
      View our national survey results here.
      Read More

      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released results for Kansas City from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “Kansas City renters seem to be very satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Dire...

      View full Kansas City Renter Survey

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Kansas City from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “Kansas City renters seem to be very satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most renters gave average or above average scores across the board.”

      Key findings in Kansas City include the following:

      • Kansas City renters give their city an A overall for satisfaction.
      • Some of the highest-rated categories for Kansas City included affordability/cost of living (A+), local jobs and career opportunities (A-), and pet friendliness (A).
      • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with access to public transit (B-) and safety (B-).
      • Renters were not as satisfied with the quality of local schools, giving this category a C rating.
      • Millennial renters are especially satisfied with Kansas City, giving it an A overall.
      • Kansas City did relatively well alongside other cities such as Oklahoma City, OK (B+), Tulsa, OK (B+), and Lincoln, NE (A+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

      Renters say:

      • “I love the ability to walk to and from local clubs and bars and to have Uber or taxis available to local places at low cost.” —Alex B.
      • “I love the city feel without all the negatives that come with it. Very affordable and safe to live here.” —Kyle D.
      • “I don't like the weather, but I love all of the places I live close to.” —Alaina M.
      • “Inner city is in ruins; lack of grocery stores and department stores. Too many bars and not enough affordable family facilities. Crime is a minus.” —Anon.
      View our national survey results here.