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North Kansas City is a city in Clay County, Missouri, United States. It is also enclaved in Kansas City. Even though the name is similar to its larger counterpart, Kansas City, it is an independent municipality part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The population was 4,467 at the 2020 census. Originally a northern suburb across the Missouri River from Kansas City, it is now almost completely surrounded by Kansas City, which has annexed far to the north of North Kansas City’s northern city limits. North Kansas City also adjoins the small municipality of Avondale.

Highways connecting North Kansas City with the surrounding area are Interstate 29/35/US 71, Missouri Route 1 (Vernon Street), Route 9 (Burlington Street), Route 210 (Armour Road), Route 269 (Chouteau Trafficway), and Route 283 (North Oak Trafficway). The US 169 (Broadway Extension) freeway runs immediately to the west of North Kansas City’s city limits.

Four highway bridges connect North Kansas City with the portion of Kansas City, Missouri south of the Missouri River. They are the Buck O’Neil Bridge on US 169, Heart of America Bridge on Route 9, the Bond Bridge on I-29/35/US 71, and the Chouteau Bridge on Route 269. A fifth bridge to the west of the Heart of America Bridge, the ASB Bridge, originally carried road and rail traffic, but is now only a rail bridge. A dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path on the Heart of America Bridge opened in October 2010.

A post office called North Kansas City was established in 1891. The town lies north of Kansas City, hence the name.

Large scale development of the area was not possible before the construction of levees protecting North Kansas City from flooding from the Missouri River. The levee on the north bank of the Missouri River was constructed between 1909 and 1912 and is owned and maintained by the North Kansas City Levee District. The City is also protected by a hillside levee.

The City was incorporated on November 4, 1912. A five-member board of trustees was elected in 1914 to oversee municipal affairs. One of the original trustees was William E. Macken, who was elected as the first mayor of North Kansas City in 1924. The city’s largest park, Macken Park, is named for him.

The Armour Theatre Building, Sears, Roebuck and Company Warehouse Building, and Wheeling Corrugating Company Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2012 North Kansas City celebrated it Centennial with a citywide celebration. As the city said goodbye to its first 100 years, it welcomed the next century with the opening of two micro breweries, a distillery and a new recreational opportunity called Pickleball. These new businesses are building a younger clientele fueled by the repopulation of downtown Kansas City, just across the Missouri River.

The Fire Department has approximately 60 EMS personnel occupying two stations. The police department has 41 sworn police officers and approximately 10 civilian personnel. North Kansas City has its own hospital, library and park system. Macken Park is an approximate 60-acre (240,000 m2) park with a walking trail, running track, picnic shelters, playgrounds, lighted tennis and handball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts. Dagg Park, located east of City Hall features picnic tables, children’s playground, spray park, and fountain. The North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department offers an extensive list of programs and activities year-round. The city cooperates with local merchants in providing area residents and workers with entertainment events like Northtown’s Noontime Friday in the Park concerts, parades and special displays.

Primary and secondary schools
North Kansas City School District is the area school district. Most of the residentially-zoned areas of North Kansas City are zoned to Briarcliff Elementary School, while portions are zoned to Crestview Elementary School. All portions of NKC are zoned to Northgate Middle School and North Kansas City High School.

North Kansas City Library
North Kansas City Library, located at the southeast corner of 23rd and Howell, offers loans of books, magazines, video tapes, DVDs, and compact discs. The library is run by the city and is not a part of the Kansas City Public Library or the Mid-Continent Public Library systems.

North Kansas City Hospital, founded in 1958, is a primary acute care center with 451 beds.

liNKCity is one of the first municipally operated broadband networks in the state and provides speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. For all residential citizens, it is free of cost and starts at 100 megabits per second. In 2005, the City of North Kansas City began construction of its own fiber optic network, and service began in 2006. In 2014, the City entered into an agreement for liNKCity to be managed by a third-party provider, DataShack.

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