Downtown has become the fastest-growing residential neighborhood of both Kansas City and the entire region, as the population increased by 79% from 2010 to 2022 to more than 32,000 residents.
Downtown Kansas City
Downtown Kansas City has charted a course that many other cities may need to follow on the path to recovery; mixing live and work together in a compact, walkable setting. Nearly all new developments continue this trend, even intermingling uses between property types: offices enriched with cafes and gyms; apartments with co-working and dog-friendly spaces; hotels mixed with residential; health clubs, restaurants, and retail animating ground floors. The interactivity of these diverse drivers accounts to a large degree for Downtown’s success and will be key to a full revival.
Growing Tech Jobs
Kansas City added the 3rd highest percentage of tech jobs in 2020, behind only Austin and San Francisco – KC Tech Council, May 2021
Share of Tech Jobs
Kansas City ranks 24th in the highest concentration of tech jobs as a percentage of total jobs – 2021 CBRE Tech Talent Report
Females in Tech
Kansas City ranks #3 in the country with the highest percentage of females in the tech industry – 2021 CBRE Tech Talent Report
Market for Programmers
Kansas City is the 14th fastest growing market for software developers and programmers – 2021 CBRE Tech Talent Report
Annual Visitors to Downtown
More than 400 local artists Downtown
In the last two decades, Downtown Kansas City has been transformed from a 9-to-5 office district into a thriving mixed-use district. More than a million square feet of office space was converted into residential or hotels. New office towers, apartments, and hotels further diversified the skyline. New and expanding cultural institutions, retailers, and restaurants significantly increased the volume of pedestrians on Downtown sidewalks and expanded the number of regional and national destinations.
Key Projects Under Construction
Buck O’Neil Bridge
A new bridge is being built to replace the Broadway Bridge. Investment – $225M
A new 26-story tower with 288 apartments and 7,000 square feet of retail. Investment – $140M
Originally the bustling headquarters for the Kansas City Star newspaper, Grand Place is being reimagined into a vibrant, mixed-use destination. Investment – $90M
Rhode Island-based Bally’s Corp. will substantially renovate and modernized the former Isle of Capri casino. Investment – $61M
The seven-story, 152-unit apartment project will be located just west of the historic Freight House restaurant building. Investment – $53M
The Mark KC
The historic 22-story Mark Twain tower is being converted into 154 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail. Investment – $52M
A new entertainment district near Union Station will include a 170-foot Ferris wheel, recreational entertainment, bars, and restaurants. Investment – $26M
World Cup Host City
Kansas City was officially named a World Cup 2026 host city as FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, announced the 16 bids selected across the United States, Mexico, and Canada to host matches for the largest event in World Cup history. An inclusive sports city with an unparalleled passion for soccer, Kansas City has earned recognition as the Soccer Capital of America with a growing collection of world-class venues, championship-winning teams, and a rich history of hosting international competitions.
Estimated Economic Impact
Population within a Day’s Drive
Estimated World Cup Visitors
We’re thrilled to take the next step in our rapid growth as we expand our team and scale our operations in the heart of Kansas City. The Power & Light District is the perfect place to house our newest office location.
You can really get a look and feel for what Kansas City is about in the Crossroads Arts District, and so it’s going to be really cool to show that off to everyone who’s flying in from all over the country. They can get immersed in Kansas City and Scissors & Scotch all through that space.