Kansas City (also referred to as KC) is a fifteen-county metropolitan area, anchored by Kansas City, Missouri, that spans the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas. With a population of 2.34 million, Kansas City ranks as the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri (after Greater St. Louis) and is the largest with territory in Kansas, ahead of Wichita. Alongside Kansas City, the area includes a number of other cities and suburbs, the largest being Overland Park, Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri all over 100,000 in population. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) serves as the Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area.
Missouri and Kansas have a long history of conflict and distrust, best exemplified by the Bleeding Kansas conflict that presaged the American Civil War. Nevertheless, the Kansas City metropolitan area, which bridges the border, has grown into a major metropolitan area, with a population of 2,343,008 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Major sporting teams from both the Kansas and the Missouri sides play under the name "Kansas City" and receive widespread support across the metropolitan area.
Missouri, a state near the geographical center of the United States, has three distinct physiographic divisions:
The boundary between the northern plains and the Ozark region follows the Missouri river from its mouth at St. Louis to Columbia. This also corresponds to the southernmost extent of glaciation during the Pre-Illinoian Stage which destroyed the remnant plateau to the north but left the ancient landforms to the south unaltered. The Ozark boundary runs southwestward from there towards Joplin at the southeast corner of Kansas. The boundary between the Ozark and lowland regions runs southwest from Cape Girardeau on the Mississippi River to the Arkansas border just southwest of Poplar Bluff.
Kansas City, often referred to by its initials, K.C., is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the predominant city of a metropolitan area of more than two million people spanning the Missouri–Kansas border. It encompasses 316 square miles (820 km2) in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. It is one of two county seats of Jackson County, the other being Independence, which is to the city's east.
Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the Town of Kansas at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and was incorporated in its present form in 1853. Situated opposite Kansas City, Kansas, the city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport. The city is well known for its contributions to the musical styles of jazz and blues as well as to cuisine, notably Kansas City-style barbecue. In March 2012, downtown Kansas City was selected as one of America's best downtowns by Forbes magazine for its rich culture in arts, numerous fountains, upscale shopping and various local cuisine – most notably barbecue.
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