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Fun fact: yes, there are two Kansas Cities. And yes, the important one is in Missouri, not Kansas. [[KansasCityShuffle Don't let anyone confuse you on this]].

Despite this, when people refer to "Kansas City," they generally mean the entire metropolitan area, which possesses a population of a little more than two million people between Missouri and Kansas. Certainly, most works of fiction don't make it a point of drawing the distinction between Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

The Missouri KC, often nicknamed "KCMO" (pronounced K-C-Moe), contains most of what people think of when they think of Kansas City. That includes the two major sports franchises in the area (Major League Baseball's Royals and the National Football League's Chiefs), the architecture and the culture. It features more fountains than any city in the world, save Rome, and more boulevards than any city in the world, save Paris.

"KCK" (the Kansas side) is home to Sporting Kansas City of UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer and Kansas Speedway, the region's outpost in UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}. Many residents of the region live in the ''absurdly'' wealthy suburbs on the Kansas side and commute to KCMO proper for work.

The city is famous in part for its {{jazz}}, in part for its [[UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica barbecue]] and in part for its [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia Mafia]]. Kansas City played a small, but not unimportant role in the country's racial drama during the early-to-mid 20th century. Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier, played with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Negro League Baseball Museum sits at the famous intersection of 18th and Vine St. where the aforementioned race, crime and music came together.

Kansas City also plays a small role in film history as the place where Creator/WaltDisney began his animation career (It's said that a mouse in his film studio gave him the inspiration for WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse). Many of the locals he hired - Creator/UbIwerks, Creator/FrizFreleng, [[Creator/HarmanAndIsing Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising]] - went on to successful careers as well.

The city is home to Hallmark greeting cards, which, depending on your outlook dispenses [[HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming]] or mountains of {{Narm}}.

UsefulNotes/HarryTruman was from nearby Independence and spent much time in KC as a younger man.

Currently the area is the envy of anyone who wants the fastest Internet connection in the country, as Website/{{Google}} chose the Kansas Cities to be the first test market for their ultra fast Google Fiber network.

None of this changes the fact that KC sits in the middle of FlyoverCountry. Hundreds of miles of wheatfields in all directions.

!!Kansas City in fiction:

* Creator/RobertAltman's 1996 film ''Kansas City'' is about... well, the setting is certainly obvious. It emphasizes the crime and the jazz. Altman himself was a Kansas City native.
* The city plays a tangential role in the mafia flick ''Film/{{Casino}}''. While the movie is set in UsefulNotes/LasVegas, the characters repeatedly refer to the bosses "back in Kansas City," and a small handful of scenes take place in a Kansas City restaurant.
* The song "Kansas City" (featuring the famous lyrics "Kansas City/Kansas City here I come"), obviously.
* Todd the call center manager from ''Series/{{Outsourced}}'' is from Kansas City. The town's barbecue is referenced a handful of times (he unsuccessfully tries to import some ribs), and one episode revolves around his attempts to catch a Chiefs game in India.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fight Club" takes place in Kansas City.
* The Creator/{{UPN}} sitcom ''Malcom & Eddie'' was set in Kansas City.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' mentioned on occasion its Earth-C counterpart, "Kornsas City," including where Timmy Joe Terrapin (aka Fastback) was heading in search of work just before gaining superpowers. Earth-C's version of the song "Kansas City" is also seen here, as well as mention of the nearby small town of "Abalone" (Earth-C's Abilene, Kansas).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' episode where Xander roleplays to prepare to come out to his parents, Foxxy Love tells him to go to an orphanage in Kansas City, Missouri on her behalf to apologize to her son for abandoning him.
* ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara'' takes place in Overland Park, Kansas, an exceptionally wealthy Kansas-side suburb of Kansas City.
* Eric Stonestreet, one of the stars of ''Series/ModernFamily'', is from Kansas City. He was the guest of honor at the illumination ceremony for the famous Country Club Plaza's Christmas lights. It's a big deal in KC.
* ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'': "Everything's up to date in Kansas City! They've gone about as fur as they can go..."
* Missouri native Creator/RobertAHeinlein used Kansas City for the birthplace of Lazarus Long. The city itself is the backdrop for the last part of ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', in which Lazarus goes back in time to relive his childhood.
* ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'' takes place here, which brings in FridgeLogic issues when the deaf school is shown to be part of the KCMO public school system while the main characters reside in Mission Hills, KS.
* ''Series/ThePinkertons'' features a team of {{Pinkerton Detective}}s who work in Kansas City just after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.
* Music/JanelleMonae is a KC native and occasionally mentions it in songs. ("Give me back my pyramid, I'm trying to free Kansas City.")
* A Kansas City-based crime syndicate is an important faction in the second season of Series/{{Fargo}}, and the city itself appears briefly in three episodes.
* ''Film/TheDayAfter'' takes place almost entirely in the Kansas City Metro, with most of the action happening in Lawrence and Kansas City itself.