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Business and Economics

This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Business and Economic issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • I’m buying a home in Overland Park, and selling my home in Kansas City, Kansas. What’s the property tax rate difference between the two localities?
  • How does the current minimum wage compare to the estimated living wage for Kansas City?
  • I’m considering applying to nursing school. What’s the average salary for nurses in Kansas City?

Cost of Living

Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Kansas City

CPI explained

Produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure estimating the average price of consumer goods and services purchased by households over time. It is based on the price change for a constant market basket of goods and services from one period to the next within a given region. The first link is a report that provides the CPI for the Kansas City metropolitan area from the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010. The second link explains, in more, detail about what the Consumer Price Index is.

The Cost of Living Index for Missouri, which includes Data on Kansas City

Cost of Living Index Homepage

Taken from the annual report generated by Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Cost of Living Index offers city-to-city comparisons of costs of various types of goods and services in several hundred urban areas. The data used to generate the report featured on the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s website uses the information from the C2ER’s report, and has interpreted it into a graph and map to show how Missouri stacks up against the rest of the nation and how Kansas City fares among other cities in Missouri.
The full report may be accessed for an additional fee from C2ER’s website.

Economic Development

The 2010 State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation In the States

In this 2010 report by the International technology and Information foundation (ITIF) and the Kauffman foundation, researchers used 29 indicators to assess the extent to which state economies (including those of Kansas and Missouri) are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, information technology-driven, and innovation-based — that is, structured and operating according to the tenets of the New Economy. The report ranks the states accordingly. With these rankings as a frame of reference, the report describes new, state-level public policies needed to meet contemporary economic challenges.
2008 version
2007 version

Embracing Dynamism: The Next Phase in Kansas Economic Development Policy

This 2010 report was produced by Dr. Arthur P. Hall, the executive director at the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business. The report was underwritten and published by Kansas, Inc., an independent, non-partisan organization established in 1985 in an effort to conduct economic research and analysis relevant to the state’s ongoing economic development efforts. Included within the report are critiques of Kansas’ existing economic development policy, and recommendations for its improvement. In particular, the report suggests that the present “industry-centric” focus of economic development efforts should be discarded in favor of a “region-centric” focus.

Income and Wages

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends

This study, based on inflation-adjusted Census Bureau data, examines income inequality at the state level. Analysis covers post-federal tax changes in real incomes among high-, middle-, and low-income families in each of the 50 states from the late 1970s to the late 1980s until recently, examining similar points in the business cycle. Data has been adjusted to account for inflation, the impact of federal taxes, and the cash value of food stamps, subsidized school lunches, housing vouchers, and other government transfers, such as Social Security and welfare benefits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute — both Washington, D.C. based non-profit research and policy institutes — contributed to this study.

Kansas City, MO–KS National Compensation Survey: August 2010

The National Compensation Survey is an annually updated report by the Bureau of Labor and statistics, the most recent version uses data taken from 2010, but was published in 2011. In this report, tables summarize results for the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area including wage information for employees in a variety of occupations and at different work levels. 906,200 employees and 285 establishments in private industry and state and local government are represented. Agricultural establishments, private households, the self-employed, and the Federal Government were excluded from the survey. Also contained in the report is a technical note describing survey procedures, and an appendix with detailed information on occupational classifications.

Income Data and Charts for Kansas City, Missouri

Income Data and Charts for Kansas City, Kansas

City Data uses data from 2009 research to chart income in Kansas City among different demographics. Additionally, it provides information regarding income distribution, types of occupations across demographics. The data is presented in pie and bar graphs for quick visual understanding of information.


The Kansas City Region: Economic Opportunity in the Heartland

Sponsored by the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, this 2005 paper discusses Kansas City’s industry composition — that is, the concentrations of related businesses and industries that compose the local economic base. Comparisons to national industries are included. The paper aims to assess Kansas City’s industrial specialization and diversification, as well as its role in the broader regional economy.

Long-Term Industry Trends in the Regions of Kansas, 1969-2000: Part I — An Industry Focus

This 2005 report was jointly prepared by Dr. Arthur Hall, executive director of the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business and Dr. Peter Orazem, Koch Visiting Professor of Business Economics at the University of Kansas School of Business. In addition to a historical overview of Kansas’ economy, the report provides a reference for comparing specific industry performance trends throughout varying regions within the state, and the nation. According to the authors’ discussion of methodology, “This report relies on the close correlation in Kansas between per-worker compensation and productivity in order to use the trends in per-worker compensation as a proxy for relative productivity trends among the various regions of Kansas.” This report is the first of seven companion reports that consider long-term economic trends in Kansas from varying perspectives.


Property Tax Comparisons Among Kansas Localities and Select Cities of the United States

This 2006 study was underwritten and published by Kansas, Inc., an independent, non-partisan organization established in 1985 in an effort to conduct economic research and analysis relevant to the state’s ongoing economic development efforts. The study uses hypothetical homestead, commercial, and industrial properties to accurately compare property tax burdens across 118 Kansas localities and selected cities throughout the United States, over decade-by-decade intervals, from 1975 to 2005. An appendix to the report includes methodology and assumptions.

The Effect of Proposed Tax Reforms on Metropolitan Housing Prices

Sponsored by the Tax Institute of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, this 2010 study explains a potential effect of the Obama Administration’s proposed tax reform upon equilibrium housing prices in twenty-three metropolitan areas, including Kansas City. Although none of President Obama’s proposed tax reforms are directed at changing the value of housing, the results of the study indicate that the tax proposal could reduce home values, further weakening an already diminished housing sector.

The Property Tax in Missouri

This brief report prepared by Brad Hudson, a Missouri county assessor, provides information concerning the state’s property tax system. The report explains how property taxes are assessed and levied in Missouri, and how they affect individual taxpayers.

Homeowner’s Guide to Property tax in Kansas

The Homeowner’s guide to property tax is a concise guide prepared by the Barton county Assessor in Kansas explaining how personal property is valued and assessed for tax purposes. It also includes information that every Kansas homeowner should know about when and how to list property.

Work and Unemployment

2006 - 2016 Kansas Occupational Outlook: Executive Summary

Produced by the Kansas Department of Labor, this report provides a ten-year projection for job availability in various industries and occupations throughout Kansas. Data is specified for seven regions within the state, including the Kansas City region. Projections were produced using 2006 as the base-year employment. Wage and educational information are also included in the report.

Missouri's Employment Outlook 2006-2016

This report, produced by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s (MERIC) Projections Group, provides both industry and occupational employment projections, estimating the state’s growth and decline in jobs, output, and labor force over the ten-year period of 2006-2016. The projections program is federally funded through the Employment and Training Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Labor. MERIC’s multi-step methodology used for developing employment projections — based on past and present trends — is fully described within the report.

County Employment and Wages



Issued by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, these reports present employment and wages data provided by employers at the county level. 98 percent of jobs are represented. The report for Kansas covers the second quarter of 2010; the report for Missouri covers the third quarter of 2010. Wage changes and average weekly wages are provided for large counties including Shawnee, Johnson, and Wyandotte in Kansas, and Clay and Jackson in Missouri. Average weekly wages for smaller counties are also included.


This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Education issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • Is there a correlation between the amount of money spent on K-12 education in the Kansas City metropolitan area and educational outcomes?
  • How do student achievement gains in local charter schools compare to those in local public schools?
  • What are the average ACT and SAT scores for college bound seniors in the Kansas City metropolitan region?

After School Programs

State After School Profiles



These profiles were created by the Afterschool Investments project. The Afterschool Investments project, a project of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration, provides technical assistance to Child Care and Development Fund grantees and other State and local leaders supporting afterschool efforts. The profiles describe the character of afterschool programs and compare afterschool activities throughout the two states. Afterschool programs, as reviewed in the profiles, may occur before and after school, on weekends, and during summer months.

After 3PM: After School Program Reports



These 2009 reports were conducted by the Afterschool Alliance and sponsored by the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. The reports contain the results of surveys conducted in an effort to determine how many children in Kansas and how many children in Missouri attend afterschool programs, how many are unsupervised after school, and how these numbers compare to five years ago. Similar reports were completed for each of the fifty states. Nearly 30,000 households across the country were surveyed.

Charter Schools

Charter Schools in Missouri: Student Achievement and Best Practices

This 2010 study was produced by Missouri’s Joint Committee on Education. The study provides a comparative analysis between student achievement gains in Kansas City and Saint Louis public and charter schools. A value-added model was used for the evaluation. The study also includes a review of administrative and instructional best practices. Data for this review was supplied through administrator and teacher interviews in Kansas City and Saint Louis.

Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States

Conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, this report provides a longitudinal analysis of charter schools on student performance. Student-level data covers 65-70% of the nation’s charter schools, including those within Missouri. The data, accessed through student data systems and student achievement testing, is current as of the 2007-2008 school year. The report also presents state-level analyses concerning policy options.

Putting Performance on the Map: Locating quality schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District

The Kauffman Foundation provided this report of charter schools as well as schools in the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District (KCMSD) to provide a comparative report about schools in each zip code of the KCMSD featuring statistics and analysis of performance and enrollment data.

Higher Education

Foresight 2020: A Strategic Agenda for Kansas Higher Education

In 2010, The Kansas Board of Regents generated this plan for the next ten years of higher education development in the state of Kansas. It is based on five pillars, generated in 2008; but Foresight 2010 takes it further, providing specific objectives for institutions to aim for.

Kansas Higher Education Enrollment Report (KHEER)

The Kansas Board of Regents assembled reports concerning enrollment for Kansas Institutions of Higher education including public four year colleges and universities, two year community colleges, technical schools, and independent and private institutions. Users may click on the year and select the type of institution to see the results.

Enhanced Statistical Summary of Missouri Higher Education

Produced by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) The Enhanced Statistical Summary of Missouri Education is a way for researchers to access data concerning Higher education in Missouri from 1994 to the present in numerous categories. Clicking on specific reports will direct users to a customizable, interactive table of data concerning a given topic.

Imperatives for Change: Baseline Report

Produced by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE), the Imperatives For Change (IFC) baseline report provides key statistical information that constructs the basis for Missouri’s strategic plan to improve higher education.

Public Schools

2009-2010 Missouri Public School Accountability Report

Each year, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education publishes an online “school accountability report card” for each public school district, each building and each charter school. This document provides a statewide report card on key accountability measures about Missouri public schools, including information required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The purpose of the annual reports is to give parents, educators, policy makers, and the public a consistent, easy-to-use summary of vital statistics about Missouri’s public education system, pre-kindergarten to grade 12District Reports
Individual District Reports can be retrieved by clicking the second link and choosing which district you would like to see results for. The district report will provide researchers with more detailed information concerning district accountability in the Missouri Public Schools.

K-12 Public School Finance in Missouri: An Overview

This 2006 article was co-written by Michael Podgursky, professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Columbia, and Matthew G. Springer, assistant director for policy research at the Peabody Center for Education Policy, Vanderbilt University. The article examine policies that have generated school funding in Missouri, as well as the outcomes of these policies in relation to overall school spending and inter-district spending gaps.

Elementary and Secondary Education in Kansas: Estimating the Costs of K-12 Education Using Two Approaches

These 2006 cost study analyses were conducted and reported by the Legislative Division of Post Audit of the State of Kansas. Both analyses aimed to estimate the cost of public elementary and secondary education in Kansas. The first study used an input-based approach to estimate the cost to school districts of providing curriculum, services, and programs mandated by State statute; and of meeting graduation requirements developed by the State Board of Education and scholarship and college admissions requirements developed by the State Board of Regents. The second study used an outcomes-based approach to estimate the cost to school districts of meeting the educational performance outcome standards set by the Board of Education.

Student Achievement

ACT Profile Reports: 2010 Graduating Class



These reports were produced by ACT, Inc., an independent not-for-profit organization whose services include education assessment and research. The reports provide information concerning the performance of 2009 graduating seniors in Kansas and Missouri who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors. According to ACT, Inc., the reports focus upon “(1) Performance: student test performance in the context of college readiness; (2) Access: number of your graduates exposed to college entrance testing and the percent of race/ethnicity participation; (3) Course Selection: percent of students pursuing a core curriculum; (4) Course Rigor: impact of rigorous coursework on achievement; (5) College Readiness: percent of students meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores in each content area; (6) Awareness: extent to which student aspirations match performance; and (7) Articulation: colleges and universities to which your students send test results.”

Testing in Kansas: an Overview

Standardized tests are the most common modern measures of student achievement in schools. Most states issue annual tests to measure reading, science, math, and history-government. This article outlines the testing process of the Kansas State Assessment including information on test administration, scoring, and preparation.

Kansas State Assessment Test Scores

Using this online tool, users can select a city and the name of a school in that city and view the results from the annually issued Kansas State Assessment, a measure of student and teacher achievement in schools.

Testing In Missouri: an Overview

This article outlines how standardized tests in Missouri are administered as well as providing information about scoring and regularity of testing reading and math as well as science, writing and social studies assessments. Standardized tests are a common feature of the modern education system, as they are used as a measure of student achievement.

2010 College-Bound Seniors State Profile Report



These reports, prepared by College Board, presents data for 2010 high school graduates who participated in the SAT program. For students who took the SAT more than once, only the most recent SAT responses are summarized.

Land Use and Urban Planning

This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Land Use and Urban Planning issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • What is light rail transportation? How would the introduction of light rail affect Kansas City?
  • What is tax increment financing (TIF)? Are TIFs contributing to regional urban sprawl?
  • What services does the housing department of Kansas City offer for economically disadvantaged people?

Central Business Districts

Quality of Life Plan Update 2009-2014: Downtown KcK Community

This report was produced by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Greater Kansas City’s Neighborhoods Now Program. The report provides an overview of planning priorities for the downtown Kansas City community for the years 2009 through 2014. Crime and safety, physical redevelopment, and economic development are addressed.

Downtown Kansas City Major Investment Map

Created by the downtown Kansas City Council in 2009, this map of downtown Kansas City illustrates major investment projects by use and location. The map lists the categories of investment—office, convention center and hotel, arts, culture and entertainment, religious, mixed-use, manufacturing, healthcare, and parking and transportation—as well as the amount of capital invested in each project.

Greater Downtown Kansas City Plan

Generated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the plan for greater downtown is a document that details a collective vision for the future of the greater downtown area of Kansas City. The plan covers everything from housing to transportation to education and how to best execute the goals outlined in the plan. Appendices cover how the city plans to integrate green building initiatives and involve the community. Overall, it is an excellent document for citizens to see what the city has planned for future development and how they intend to accomplish goals as a city.

Highways and Streets

State Transportation Improvement Program: Fiscal Year 2010-2013

This report from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KSDOT) reviews the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. Included are statewide public transit projects, federal lands highway program projects, and street and highway projects to be administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the fiscal years 2010 through 2013.

Key Facts About Missouri’s Surface Transportation System and Federal Funding

This 2011 fact sheet was produced by The Road Information Project (TRIP), a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization promoting policies designed to improve traffic conditions. The fact sheet includes an evaluation of the physical condition of Missouri’s extensive system of roads, highways, and bridges as well as a discussion of potential funding opportunities available for its improvement.


Kansas City, Missouri’s Consolidated Plan 2007-2011

This resource from the Housing Authority of Kansas City (HAKC) is a five year plan for public housing in Kansas City, Missouri that was submitted to the Housing and Urban Development department of the federal government in order to continue to receive funding for public housing. The plan assesses community needs and outlines efforts for the future to satisfy the needs of the community, including sections about Community Development Block Grants, the Home investment Partnership, Housing Opportunities for persons with AIDS, and the Emergency Shelter Grant.

Residential Construction Trends in America’s Metropolitan Regions

This 2010 report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explores trends in residential construction in core metropolitan areas, including Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The report outlines the EPA’s study of residential building permits in metropolitan regions from 1990 to 2008. The purpose of this study was to clarify if there has been a shift toward redevelopment, and in which regions the shift has been most significant.

A City Without Slums: Urban renewal, Public Housing, and Downtown revitalization in Kansas City, Missouri

In this 2001 paper urban sociologist, Kevin Gotham, takes an academic look at how public housing has developed in Kansas City in the decades following World War II. By exploring issues of race and class, Gotham provides a critical analysis of how urban development has linked with public housing by examining the long-term effects of each.

Public Transportation

Clean Commute: Alternative Transportation Guide for the Greater Kansas City Area

Produced by Bridging The Gap’s Clean Commute Program, this 2008 report details public transit options in the Kansas City Area. Included in the report are schedules, fares, routes, and other information of assistance to residents using the area’s two major public modes of transit: The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (The Metro) and The Johnson County Transit (The JO).

Kansas City Light Rail Video Simulation

This video made by the Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA) simulates a hypothetical light rail route for Kansas City. The transit route in the video — from Vivion Road and North Oak Trafficway to Bruce R. Watkins Roadway and 63rd Street — was the proposed route on the November 2008 ballot that voters did not approve. It has been included to demonstrate one of the many light rail propositions that Kansas Citians have seen in the last 20 years.

SmartMoves: Regional Transit Vision

Drafted by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), this 2008 document updates the Smart Moves Regional Transit Vision, metropolitan Kansas City’s plan for expanded and enhanced regional transit service, which was originally conceived in 2002. The objectives of the Smart Moves update are multifold: to develop a service framework to help coordinate local and regional transit planning efforts currently underway; to provide an opportunity to expand upon newly developed local strategies and studies; and to evaluate the possibilities of light rail and other transit technologies.

Urban Sprawl

TIF, Greenfields, and Sprawl: How an Incentive Created to Alleviate Slums Has Come to Subsidize Upscale Malls and New Urbanist Developments

This 2008 article by Greg LeRoy was published in the American Planning Association’s journal, Planning & Environmental Law. In the article, LeRoy explains the unintended, negative effects of economic development incentives — including tax increment financing — that were originally created to combat sprawl away from urban centers

To Sprawl or Not To Sprawl: A National Perspective for Kansas City

Published in 1998, this lecture was originally presented by Dr. Robert H. Freilich, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law in 1997. The lecture was presented as part of Charles N. Kimball Lecture Series sponsored by the Western Historical Manuscript Collection of Kansas City. In his lecture, Dr. Freilich provides an analysis of urban sprawl and other urban planning issues.

Landscape Effects of Urban Sprawl: Spatial and Temporal Analyses Using Remote Sensing Images and Landscape Metrics

This 2008 article by Wei Ji, Ph.D.—of the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Department of Geosciences—presents a study of the landscape effects of urban sprawl within the metropolitan Kansas City area. Dr. Ji used remotely sensed data and landscape metrics to identify long-term trends and subtle patterns of urban land changes over the past three decades, enabling a comparison and characterization of regional urban sprawl.

Law Enforcement

This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Law Enforcement issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • Where can I find 2009 crime statistics for the Kansas City region?
  • What percentage of Missouri residents report regular marijuana use?
  • I live in Clay County. Are there domestic violence assistance programs in my area?

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Offenders in Missouri: a Study on Recidivism

This study by Eric Chambers and Mark Crispin on behalf of the Missouri State Highway Patrol features information about repeat domestic violence offenders in Missouri. The study is broken down into sectional analysis providing background on the state of domestic violence cases in Missouri and the states’ laws. Additionally, the authors address the effect of the way domestic violence cases are tried in court as an influence on the trend towards repeat offenses.

Domestic Violence Programs in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area

This list, provided by the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), offers detailed information, including contacts and services provided by various domestic violence programs around the Kansas City area on the Missouri side of the state line.

Domestic Violence Programs in Kansas

This directory list produced by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) identifies statewide domestic violence assistance programs. Programs are listed alphabetically by location and correspond to a number on the map. Other information includes phone numbers, Websites, and program hours.

A Report on Domestic Violence and Rape Statistics in Kansas 2009

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) prepared this document that provides statistics and analysis of domestic violence and rape incidents in the state of Kansas, focusing on the year 2009. However, the report also features past data for incident trending and year-by-year comparison. Additionally, the report outlines the existing state laws and the enforcement policy regarding each type of crime.

Homicide and Murder

Kansas Injury Prevention Program Data Book

Produced by the Injury Prevention Program in 2009, this report includes state homicide statistics and information. Included data represents the years 2003 through 2007, and is graphically represented with multiple charts, graphs, and tables.

Kansas City, Missouri Police Department Homicide Quarterly

Each quarter the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD) releases a report on homicides in the area. This is the most recently released edition, and it provides detailed data and statistics concerning homicide in Kansas city. Information is broken down into homicide by day of the week, homicide by patrol area, and graphs comparing Kansas City crime to similar cities like St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Illegal Substances

The Burden of Substance Abuse on the State of Missouri

Prepared by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from the Department of Mental Health, this 2008 report discusses the prevalence of drug abuse in Missouri and the consequent societal costs estimated at $7 billion for prevention, law enforcement and state-sponsored rehabilitation programs.

Profile of Drug Indicators



Kansas City

These profiles created by the Office of National Drug Control Policy contain information on demographics, political figures, programs, crime, drug use, drug trafficking and enforcement. The Missouri profile was published in May of 2008; the Kansas profile was published in June of 2008.

Metro Brief: Kansas City – Substance Abuse in Metropolitan Areas

The data in this report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is based on people checking into rehabilitation facilities. It features charts that outline statistics based on gender, substance type, and race accompanied by a bullet point analysis of each data set.

Police Departments

Kansas City, Missouri Police Department 2009 Annual Report

This report produced by the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) provides a review of Department activities for the calendar year of 2009. The report additionally includes information concerning patrol divisions and facilities as well as financial summaries and crime statistics for the entire 319 square mile patrol area.

Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission 2009 Annual Report

The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is a multi-city collective of law enforcement programs and this is their annual report from 2009. The annual report consists of a series of articles concerning the activities of the Crime Commission during the year, highlighting some of their important programs like Crime Stoppers, SAFE, and Second Chance. Also included is a financial report detailing the organization’s fiscal activity.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation 2010 Crime Index

This statistical table provided by the Kansas Bureau of Information (KBI) compiles data submitted by local law enforcement to the KBI about crimes reported in Kansas. The table details the local population, the number of violent crimes, property crimes, motor vehicle theft, and arson in addition to a sum of all crimes. The counties of Kansas are listed in alphabetical order and local police departments are listed within each county. Kansas City counties featured on the report include Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, and Miami.

Crime in Missouri 2009

This document was assembled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to provide a detailed report about crime in Missouri in the year 2009. The report starts broadly with statistics and graphs regarding the general crime index in Missouri in the past years as well as 2009. Some graphs also make projects into what future crime indices may be. The scope of each type of crime is defined prior to the statistical report and data analysis.

Racial Profiling

Racial Profiling or Racist Policing? Bounds Tests in Aggregate Data

This 2004 paper, co-authored by Rubén Hernández-Murillo and John Knowles, examines methods of applying a well-known test, the comparison of average search success rates by race, to summary statistics by race where different kinds of search are aggregated together. According to the paper’s abstract: “This paper develops a model of police search decisions that allows for non-discretionary searches and derives tests for racial bias in data that mixes different search types. Our tests reject unbiased policing as an explanation of the disparate impact of motor-vehicle searches on minorities in Missouri.”

Racial Profiling Study and Services: A Multijurisdictional Assessment of Traffic Enforcement and Data Collection in Kansas

This 2003 study was commissioned by the state of Kansas and conducted by the Police Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. whose primary function is researching innovation and improvement in policing. The study examines the nature, character, and demographics of police enforcement practices, including systematic data collection on traffic stops.

The Environment

This section highlights some of the most helpful resources about Environmental issues in KCResearch on the topics listed below. Many of the resources also aim to answer some of the questions that you might have. This guide will help answer questions like:

  • Is Kansas City making any efforts to encourage green development? If so, where are those developments taking place?
  • What is the air quality in Kansas City? How is air quality measured?
  • Does the drinking water in Parkville come from the Missouri River? How clean is it?

Air Quality

State of the Air, Report Card



These reports provided by the American Lung Association evaluate the air quality for all counties in Kansas and Missouri, and estimate the consequent potential health risks for the counties’ populations. The site also includes information about how air quality is measured, air quality rankings for various cities in the greater United States, and what citizens can do to improve air quality.

Missouri Air Quality Index Report

Kansas Air Quality Index Report

These sites allow users to generate a report providing air pollution data for counties or metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with information dating from 1998 up to the present. The data includes the five major air pollutants monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency and regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Data sets go back as far as 1998.

Drinking Water

The Safe Drinking Water Query Form for the State of Kansas

The Safe Drinking Water Query Form for the State of Missouri

These websites allow public access to data about safe drinking water from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Information System. Four search options — water system name, county name, population served, system status — return information concerning local drinking water systems and suppliers including possible violations of the EPA’s drinking water regulations.

State of Kansas Public Water Supply Annual Compliance Report for Calendar Year 2008

This report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) provides a summary of Kansas water systems’ compliance with drinking water regulations, including violations of the maximum contaminant levels, treatment techniques, and monitoring requirements. Counties and municipalities on the Kansas side of the state line are covered in this resource. This is the most recent version of the report available.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources 2009 drinking water compliance Report

The compliance report from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) uses data from tests for the presence of chemicals that might endanger the quality of public water systems. The water systems for municipalities on the Missouri side of the state line are covered in this resource.

Green Development

MetroGreen Action Plan

MetroGreen, sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), is a plan to build extensive trails and nature areas in the Kansas city Metropolitan area. The trails focus on environmentally responsible development that connects people to nature without causing extensive damage to the surroundings.

Green Impact Zone: Preliminary Baseline Data Report

The Green Impact Zone, in cooperation with Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), is working to demonstrate how green development can be used in an urban core. The Green Impact Zone initiative is an effort to concentrate resources — with funding, coordination, and public and private partnerships — in one specific area to demonstrate that a targeted effort can literally transform a community.

Redesigning Kansas City's Government District Using the Urban-Design Approach of Responsive Environments

Authored by Kansas State student, Jose Abraham, this thesis presents a hypothetical redesign of Kansas City’s downtown Government District, making use of the conceptual approach provided by Responsive Environments (1985). Abraham makes the argument that the Government district in Downtown Kansas City is presently underdeveloped in terms of environmental responsiveness, but has the potential to do so.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Generator Handbook: A Guide to Complying with Kansas Hazardous Waste Generator Regulations Handbook

This report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is designed to assist business owners and consumers to recognize when they generate hazardous waste and how to properly dispose of it. It also provides alternatives to hazardous waste disposal that still comply with the Kansas state laws regarding hazardous waste.

Electronics Scrap Management Rule

This website is designed to aid consumers with the proper disposal of electronics, some of which may be considered hazardous waste. Disposing of computer equipment can also pose a threat to your personal information if the harddrive is not properly cleared. The website outlines Missouri’s programs for the proper disposal of consumer electronics and computer devices.

Hazardous Waste Management: Laws and Tegulations

This website by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides a look at the laws concerning hazardous waste and hazardous waste disposal in the state of Missouri. Additionally, it provides links to federal laws on hazardous waste. The Hazardous Waste Laws in Development link is a useful tool for people to see what lawmakers are working on in regards to hazardous waste generation and disposal.

Lakes and Rivers

Missouri River Bed Degradation Reconnaissance Study

This report by the Kansas City branch of the Army Corps of Engineers discusses potential solutions to water resource problems as a result of bed degradation within the lower 498 miles of the Missouri River, part of which runs through the Kansas City Area.

Kansas City District: District Lakes

The Kansas City district of the Army Corps of Engineers hosts this website linking to information about different area lakes. To view more information about each lake either click on the name of the lake on the map or click on the name of the lake on the left-hand navigation menu. Each lake’s page has information about water quality and environmental and wildlife programs at the lake in addition to recreational activities offered.


Kansas Recycles: Curbside Programs

The Kansas Recycles initiative is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to promote recycling throughout the state. Their website lists curbside recycling programs throughout the Kansas. It also includes links to programs for users to access to their Websites along with driving directions, contact information, and information concerning accepted recyclable materials.

Missouri Recycling Economic Information Study: MOREIS

This report from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources examines the extent to which the recycling, remanufacturing, and reuse industry in Missouri provides economic benefits for Missourians.

Keep Kansas City Beautiful 2010: Annual Report

Bridging the Gap, a local recycling initiative and organization generates an annual report each year. This is the most recent annual report, providing information about recycling efforts in Kansas City.

Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Policy Discussion Guide

This guide from Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) encourages waste management planning within the Kansas City region. It emphasizes the necessity of regional cooperation, landfill capacity, waste diversion and minimization, and local government action to improve waste management services and encourage responsible waste disposal.

Missouri Solid Waste Management Plan

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program outlines objectives and strategies to assist Missourians in managing solid waste through disposal methods that are protective of both human and environmental health.

Kansas County Solid Waste Management Responsibilities

This brief guide from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment addresses some of the most useful strategies for solid waste management. Additionally it defines and provides examples of seven different types of solid waste and how to best dispose of those types.