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280 Apartments for rent in Kansas City, KS

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Last updated June 20 at 1:45am UTC
1241 Zarda Ln
Prairie - Piper-kc-ks
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 20 at 1:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
414 N Thompson St
Riverview
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 20 at 1:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
12924 Leavenworth Rd
Prairie - Piper-kc-ks
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 19 at 5:53pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,900
1520 N 55 Dr
Northeast
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 19 at 9:33am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$825
1213 Budd Cir
Prairie - Piper-kc-ks
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 17 at 10:09am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
10540 Clubhouse Dr
I-435 West Kansas City
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 17 at 1:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
510 Elizabeth Ave
Riverview
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 15 at 5:50pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$775
1944 N 80th Ct
Victory Hills
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 14 at 6:01pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,095
4130 Eaton
Rosedale
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 14 at 10:16am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,195
4403 Booth St
Rosedale
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 12 at 1:42am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
1205 N 133rd Terrace
Prairie - Piper-kc-ks
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 10 at 9:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
5209 Forest Ave
Turner
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 6 at 6:18pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$825
420 Ann Ave
Riverview
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 6 at 11:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,000
13103 Washington Court
Prairie - Piper-kc-ks
Kansas City, KS
Updated May 24 at 11:07am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
4148 Booth Place
Rosedale
Kansas City, KS
Updated May 11 at 6:43pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$730
4148 Booth Place
Rosedale
Kansas City, KS
Updated April 11 at 6:57pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$615
717 N 70th Terrace
Muncie - Stony Pt.
Kansas City, KS
Updated June 19 at 5:41pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$675
City Guide
Kansas City
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.

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).

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!

Rent Report
Kansas City

June 2018 Kansas City Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Kansas City Rent Report. Kansas City rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Kansas City rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Kansas City rents declined significantly over the past month

Kansas City rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Kansas City stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $890 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Kansas City's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across cities in Kansas

Throughout the past year, rents have remained steady in the city of Kansas City, but other cities across the entire state have seen rents increase. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Kansas, 8 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Overland Park is the most expensive of all Kansas' major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,180; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Topeka, where a two-bedroom goes for $770, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.9%).
  • Overland Park, Lawrence, and Shawnee have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.8%, 2.7%, and 2.4%, respectively).

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.

  • Kansas City's median two-bedroom rent of $890 is below the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Kansas City.
  • While rents in Kansas City remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.2%), Atlanta (+2.0%), and San Francisco (+1.5%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,040, $1,170, and $3,070 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Kansas City than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is nearly three-and-a-half 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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Kansas City $740 $900 0.6% 0.7%
Overland Park $960 $1,180 0.8% 4.8%
Kansas City $720 $890 -0.4% 0.2%
Olathe $930 $1,140 0.8% 2.1%
Independence $730 $890 0.3% 0.7%
Shawnee $820 $1,010 1.3% 2.4%
Blue Springs $910 $1,110 -0.6% 1.1%
Lenexa $940 $1,150 0.5% 2.2%
Grandview $670 $820 -0.2% 0.1%

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.