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Anna Hennings, Tania Khadder, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | Excelle

#13. Kansas City, MO

Population: 450,375

Average Salary: $37,970

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 25

Average Commute Time: 20.7 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 164

Unemployment Rate: 8.4

Kansas City houses the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies and several more Fortune 1000 corporations, providing a richly diverse economy with significant trade and transportation sectors, government programs and business services. Its cost of living has consistently been at or below the national average, boosting its rating on our list. Not only that, claims “there’s a ‘zone of sanity’ across the middle of the country, including the region around Kansas City, Mo., that largely avoided the real estate bubble and the subsequent foreclosure crisis.”   Bonus fun fact: The city is well known for its contributions to jazz music as well as the blues.

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