The metropolitan area is a 15 county metropolitan area anchored by Kansas City, Missouri, and straddling the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas. With a population of 2,104,509, it ranks as the second largest metropolitan area centered in Missouri (after Greater St. Louis). Alongside Kansas City, the area includes a number of other cities and suburbs, the largest being Overland Park, Kansas; Kansas City, Kansas; Olathe, Kansas; and Independence, Missouri; each over 100,000 in population. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) serves as the Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area.
Counties Included in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area:
Missouri – Jackson, Clay, Cass, Platte, Lafayette, Ray, Clinton, Bates, Caldwell
Kansas – Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Miami, Linn
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