1. A Tale Of Two Kansas Cities

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Resting on Kaw Point where the Kansas and Missouri rivers merge, Kansas City, Kansas sits opposite Kansas City, Missouri. So you don't sound like an out-of-towner, be sure to refer to the Kansas side as KCK and to the Missouri side as KCMO, or just Kansas City.

2. You’ll Live In KCMO’s Shadow

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While KCK is included in the bi-state Kansas City Metropolitan Area, KCMO is a much larger city. The KCMO side has much more city culture happening than KCK does, which not only makes the people in KCMO look down their noses on KCK, but it also means that KCK often gets overlooked.

3. But KCK Has The Best Of Both Worlds...

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The people in KCK are used to the KCK/KCMO border wars (which extend all through Johnson County, Kansas). And although it does get old, they don’t let it change their opinion of their city. People in KCK know that they get the best of both worlds by living in a quieter, slower-paced city with the luxury of a bigger metro right across the bridge.

4. … And The T-Bones

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KCMO might have the Royals, but KCK has their own team in the Kansas City T-Bones. The T-Bones are a professional league team in the new American Association Of Independent Professional Baseball league and play at the Community America Ballpark. The teams brought the 2008 Northern League Championship home to KCK.

5. Get Your Fresh Start Here

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People across the country got hit hard with the economy and housing market crash, leaving many people wishing for a blank slate. Well, look no further than KCK. With an average rent of $788 which falls well below the national average, the city was listed in the top ten cities to start over after dealing with a foreclosure.

6. Not To Mention Your Fresh Produce

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There’s no excuse to not eat fresh and local when you live in Kansas, and KCK makes it extra easy with the farmers market right in your backyard. Every Sunday from May through September, the Rosedale Farmers Market is open from 12-3pm offering family activities, a community resource table and a nutrition education booth, along with the freshest produce and food from the area.

7. Kansas City’s Wi-Fi Is Better Than Yours

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While most cities complain about their internet speed, KCK is well ahead of the curve. Google announced the city as the site of an experimental fiber-optic network called Google Fiber completely at Google’s expense. KCK was selected out of 1,100 communities who applied for the network which reportedly provides 1Gbit/sec download and upload speeds.

8. And The Water Slides Are Obviously Cooler

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In 2009 the famous Schlitterbahn Waterparks opened a resort in KCK, giving residents a way to have fun cooling down in the humid Kansas summers and something to brag about. Especially the brand new and highly-acclaimed 2014 ride the Verrückt, which currently stands as the tallest water slide in the entire world measuring more than 168 feet tall. That’s taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue Of Liberty.

9. Everyone’s A Soccer Fan

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Sporting Kansas City has played in the MLS Eastern Conference since its inception, and just because they’re from Kansas doesn’t mean they should be overlooked, considering they won the MLS Cup in 2000 and again just last year. Just wait until you get to Sporting Park for a match, and you’ll see how big of a deal they are.

10. And No One Is A Vegetarian If They Know What's Good For Them

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Barbecue is serious business in both Kansas Cities. The delicacy of choice in the area are burnt ends, the ends of brisket cut and smoked to make bite-sized barbecue heaven. You can load up on these and other mind-blowing barbecue of your choice at the award-winning Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, by far the premium barbecue pit in KCK.

11. Be Sure You Know Where To Buy Your Alcohol

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In a state that still maintained prohibition until 1948, Kansas liquor laws are among some of the strictest in the country. So, if you’re looking to pick up a bottle of wine or anything more than “near beer” in grocery or convenience store, you’re out of luck. So just cut out the middle man and visit the Wine Barn, to stay stocked up on locally made wine straight from the vineyard.

12. If KCK Was Good Enough For Lewis And Clark It’s Good Enough For Anyone

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Kaw Point, where the Kansas River runs into the Missouri River holds a little piece of awesome history. American explorers Lewis and Clark camped here in 1804, to rest during their famous expedition across the West. Kaw Point Park marks the spot where they camped with their crew, with the Lewis & Clark Heritage Trail and a great view of downtown.

13. Follow The Yellow Brick Road...At The Mall

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The Legends Outlets Kansas City is no ordinary mall. It pays homage to the legendary people of Kansas while simultaneously providing a superior retail experience. The Legends theme can be found all throughout the mall, where sections offer information on Kansas’ history, heritage and environment and each corridor is dedicated to a Kansas-specific category, like a replica of Oz’s Yellow Brick Road.

14. Strawberry Hill Is A Stroll Through The Past

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Kansas City is a diverse community with many neighborhoods, but one of the most notable has to be Strawberry Hill. Founded in the 1800s, the area still presently maintains a heavy Croatian population, and the streets are defined by rows of charming older homes, brick sidewalks, and great views of the city. You can learn all about the city’s heritage and history at the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center.

15. Who Says Indy Is The Only Place For NASCAR?

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The 1.5 tri-oval race track at Kansas Speedway is used for the NASCAR Spring Cup’s series, as well as other high-speed racing events like the Hollywood Casino 400. Located near Village West, The Kansas Speedway brings out the locals and draws visitors to the city.

16. KCK Is The Poor Man’s Europe

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KCK is full of interesting historic spots, some of which even made it onto the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the most notable places include the Gothic-style Cathedral of St. Peter and the Rosedale Arc, which a replica of the Arc de Triomphe located on Mount Mary in Rosedale, in honor of the men of Kansas City who served in World War I.

17. And The Really Poor Man’s “Jurassic Park”

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Another fun addition to KCK is the T-REX Café which allows visitors to enjoy their meal in a wall-to-wall prehistoric environment including huge dinosaur replicas making you feel like you’re dining with the Flinstones. The food is great and the ambiance is completely unique and fun, making the T-Rex Café a popular place to eat out for families.

18. You Should Learn What It Takes To Put Food On Your Table

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The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame began in 1960 to educate the Kansas City area on the value of local agricultural. The center includes the National Farmer’s Memorial, National Poultry Museum and Farm Town USA where you can See President Truman's plow, explore a beehive, partake in a mud run with your friends, explore the farm animals and ride a miniature train. While the center is closed to the public for 2014, they will be holding special family events throughout the year and it will reopen again in 2015.

19. There’s Always Something To Look Forward To In KCK

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KCK will keep you busy with a wide variety of festivals and special events. The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is a popular stop for locals just a short drive away in Bonner Springs as well as car shows, free outdoor movie nights at Legends, the Kids Fishing Derby, and multiple 5k runs and races among others.

20. Boulevard Drive In Is The Perfect Night Out

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At night, come to the Boulevard Drive-In to catch a double-feature of the latest blockbusters with a crystal clear 4K projection screen in a classic drive-in setting. But movies aren’t the only fun to be had here. On the weekends come back for the Swap & Shop on the drive-in grounds, to browse through the variety of vendors offering all kinds of goods.

21. Who Needs Disneyland When You’ve Got The Real Haunted Castle

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Two of KCK’s most interesting buildings are also pretty haunted. That’s if you believe the stories, anyway. The Sauer Castle was built in 1872 by Anton Sauer for his family. But after Anton and his wife Mary’s deaths the rumors of supernatural activity began, including lights moving through the abandoned castle, screams and shrieks, and sightings of a woman standing on the lookout tower. The Strawberry Mansion is also claimed to be haunted with reports of lights that turn themselves on an off, sounds of singing coming from the Nun’s Hallway and footsteps in the attic, and more. Check them both out, if you dare. Feature Image: Sporting Kansas City Facebook What do you love about living in Kansas City? Let us know in the comments below.