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Retirement Living In Kansas City

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Area Description

While many cities are known for their expanding skylines, action-packed nightlife, and bustling communities, Kansas City, Kansas has all of that incorporated into a small, diverse, and family oriented community. It has some of the big city amenities with a small town down-home appeal.

Kansas City, Kansas is the third largest city in the state of Kansas and is the county seat of Wyandotte County. The city was incorporated in 1886 and for 73 years was governed by a three-member elected Board of Commissioners. In August of 1982, the city held an election and voters approved a change in the form of city government. Under the Charter Ordinance No. 84 the city changed to a seven-member, Mayor-Council-Administrator for of government in April, 1983.

Wyandotte County citizens set the stage for today’s economic development successes in 1997 when they overwhelmingly agreed to consolidate the county government and City of Kansas City, Kansas government. The community was suffering from years of economic hardships and decline. Citizens were ready for a rebirth. The new form of government was the beginning of the landmark renaissance in the community.

The fresh political dynamic created by consolidation allowed the community to take new, bold approaches to many issues, including economic development. Soon after the Unified Government was launched, the economic development opportunity of a lifetime landed in Wyandotte County. The Kansas Speedway and Village West developments are the most successful economic developments ever built in the State of Kansas, turning mostly undeveloped land into one of the most popular tourist, shopping and entertainment attractions in the Midwest.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Kansas City?

For those of you that retire in Kansas City, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume a few days of snow with a few days of snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Kansas City such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Kansas City is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Expect some days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Kansas City, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  20  29  39
 Feb  24  34  44
 Mar  33  44  56
 Apr  44  55  66
 May  55  65  75
 Jun  64  74  84
 Jul  69  79  89
 Aug  67  78  88
 Sep  58  69  79
 Oct  46  57  67
 Nov  34  44  54
 Dec  23  32  41

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  27  2
 Feb  0  22  1
 Mar  0  14  0
 Apr  0  3  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  5  0  0
 Jul  14  0  0
 Aug  12  0  0
 Sep  3  0  0
 Oct  0  2  0
 Nov  0  13  0
 Dec  0  25  1

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  5  21 %
 Feb  2 "  6  25 %
 Mar  2 "  8  32 %
 Apr  4 "  10  42 %
 May  5 "  11  54 %
 Jun  6 "  10  63 %
 Jul  4 "  8  67 %
 Aug  4 "  8  66 %
 Sep  5 "  8  58 %
 Oct  4 "  8  45 %
 Nov  2 "  6  35 %
 Dec  2 "  6  24 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  4 "  7  3
 Feb  4 "  4  3
 Mar  2 "  1  1
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  0  1
 Dec  5 "  5  3

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What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Kansas City Offer For Retirees?

Kansas City, KS has a variety of volunteer opportunities through it's various non-for-profit organizations including the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS, United Way, Red Cross, Public Library and more.

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