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.