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KANSAS CITY Welcome to Kansas City, a wonderful place to call home! This inviting Midwest community is known for its rich history, scenic boulevards, passion for sports and of course, its world-class BBQ. Year after year, national magazines like Businessweek, Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine recognize Kansas City as a Better place to live, especially for its affordable cost of living. Frequently referred to as the “City of Fountains”, Kansas City boasts more than 250 water features, second only to Rome, Italy. While this nickname fits, it’s only a fraction of what makes Kansas City such an attractive and vibrant city. It is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and has served as the launching pad for many successful start-ups. Also known as the “Heart of America” for both its central location and philanthropic spirit, Kansas City serves more than 7,500 nonprofit organizations in the area working to improve people’s lives. It’s also a destination for higher education at respected universities and medical schools. From quality schools to entertaining events to outdoor activities and much more, we hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Kansas City, a Better place to call home.

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One Great Community

TWO UNIQUE CITIES United by a name and divided by a river, Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS are two distinct cities that make up one large metropolitan area. Missouri established the “City of Kansas” in 1853 - later officially named “Kansas City” in 1889 – nearly 10 years before its cross-border cousin, the state of Kansas, joined the union. Kansas City, MO was a popular fur-trading post and major river port. In hopes of sharing in the success of their prosperous neighbor to the east, Kansas civic leaders, bundled together numerous little river towns and called the resulting entity “Kansas City, KS”. Fast-forward 125 years and people still get confused about how and why we have two states, two cities and one name. The fact is, it just works. Both Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO have grown and developed side by side into one unique metropolitan area where everyone shares a sense of community and Kansas City pride.

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a better place to learn 16 Public Libraries 18 Colleges and Universities 20 Kansas Schools 22 Missouri Schools 24 More About Education

a better place to play 28 Museums 30 Dance, Music and Theater Venues 33 Shopping Areas 34 Kids’ Destinations 36 Sports Venues 37 Lakes, Parks and Golf Courses

a better place to call home 41 Finding a Home Photos from left: Gem Theater in the Jazz District photo courtesy of | Country Club Plaza Tower photo courtesy of Megan McCarthy | Kansas City Chiefs photo courtesy of Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association

42 Healthcare 43 Transportation 44 Moving Checklist

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LIVE Some people call Kansas City the “City of Fountains”, others refer to it as the “Heart of America”. We just know it as a wonderful place to call home. People who live in Kansas City will tell you it’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Midwest.


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KANSAS COMMUNITY Johnson County Picturesque tree-lined neighborhoods, award-winning school districts, scenic parks, and easy access to the entire metropolitan area are just a few of the attractive amenities that characterize Johnson County, Kansas. DeSoto Population: 5,911 A small town atmosphere with all the comforts and conveniences of a large city. City Hall (913) 583-1182

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Fairway Population: 3,963 Known for its beautiful streets, Fairway is one of Kansas City’s most established neighborhoods near the Country Club Plaza. City Hall (913) 262-0350

Gardner Population: 20,473 Gardner features a number of new residential areas and is home to the Lanesfield Museum and Johnson County Fairgrounds. City Hall (913) 856-7535

Leawood Population: 32,991 A unique blend of old and new homes can be found in Leawood, one of the finest residential developments in the suburbs. City Hall (913) 339-6700

Lake Quivira Population: 933 An upscale lake community, Lake Quivira is the perfect place for golfing, tennis, and water sports. City Hall (913) 631-7707

Lenexa Population: 50,344 A growing and dynamic city, Lenexa enjoys a location easily accessible from almost anywhere in the area. City Hall (913) 477-7504

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Overland Park Population: 181,260 As the largest city in the county, it boasts numerous parks and is home to Johnson County Community College. City Hall (913) 895-6000

Mission Population: 9,516 Located in northeastern Johnson County, Mission features wellestablished homes, schools, parks and shopping. City Hall (913) 676-8350

Prairie Village Population: 21,892 Prairie Village is a popular suburb known for shopping, charming neighborhoods and convenient location. City Hall (913) 381-6464

Mission Hills Population: 3,582 Tree-lined streets, rolling hills and grandiose mansions all characterize Mission Hills, one of the most desired neighborhoods. City Hall (913) 362-9620

Roeland Park Population: 6,845 Roeland Park blends its new and established homes with a casual, old-style “neighborhood” atmosphere. City Hall (913) 722-2600

Mission Woods Population: 183 As one of Johnson County’s tiniest towns, Mission Woods is a quaint and inviting neighborhood tucked away with a “Country Club” feel.

Shawnee Population: 64,323 An affordable and thriving suburb, Shawnee is a dynamic city with convenient shopping and endless acres of parkland. City Hall (913) 631-2500

Olathe Population: 131,885 Olathe is home to new and established neighborhoods, a national award-winning school district and a 170 acre lake. City Hall (913) 971-8600

Spring Hill Population: 5,730 Set in the scenic rural countryside, Spring Hill is just south of Olathe, providing urban center amenities. City Hall (913) 592-3664

Westwood Population: 1,528 Westwood has some of the area’s most picturesque homes and is convenient to the Plaza and downtown Kansas City. City Hall (913) 362-1550

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Merriam Population: 11,281 A close-knit, charming community, Merriam is the ideal place for those who enjoy the friendly atmosphere of small-town living. City Hall (913) 722-3330

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kansas is a blend of cosmopolitan and rural, with everything from thriving metro areas, downtowns and suburbs, to serene farm communities and quaint college towns. -kansas dept. of commerce


Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013


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Leavenworth County

Basehor Population: 4,898 This community has rural charm and a hometown atmosphere. It is just 20 minutes from Kansas City and only 30 minutes from nearby Lawrence. City Hall (913) 724-1370

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Lansing Population: 11,642 One of the fastest growing smaller cities in this part of Kansas, Lansing is known for its small town atmosphere. City Hall (913) 727-3233

Leavenworth Population: 35,891 As one of the oldest military posts in the West, Fort Leavenworth has played an important role in the growth of the city. Now, it’s a progressive and expanding community. City Hall (913) 682-9201 Tonganoxie Population: 5,165 Located between Kansas City and Leavenworth, Tonganoxie remains a charming small town. City Hall (913) 845-2620

Leavenworth County was the first industrial center in Kansas. With easy access to interstate highways, residents in this central location can quickly commute to Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka.

funfact Built in 1921, Fort Leavenworth is the oldest continuously active military post west of the Mississippi River.

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Wyandotte County Known for its rich ethnic heritage, Wyandotte County celebrates more than 30 festivals a year. It’s also home to more than 300 parks, an entertainment district, a Major League Soccer complex and the Kansas Speedway. Bonner Springs Population: 7,480 Bonner Springs hosts many outdoor events from the annual fall Renaissance Festival to major concert tours at its outdoor amphitheater. City Hall (913) 422-1020

Edwardsville Population: 4,355 Once home of the Delaware Indians, Edwardsville is a progressive small town with open land that serves as a center for industrial and residential development. City Hall (913) 441-3707

Kansas City, KS Population: 148,483 Kansas City, KS is a culturallydiverse area with strong ethnic influences. The neighborhoods in the city’s storied Strawberry Hill section continue to honor and demonstrate the history of their ancestral homelands with annual heritage festivals. City Hall (913) 573-5000

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013


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Cass County Cass County is an ideal locale for those who prefer the tranquil countryside to the city’s hustle and bustle. From large suburbs to rural hometown cities, this county offers a variety of cultural backdrops. Belton Population: 23,175 Belton is known for its charming historic community, newer residential areas, convenient shopping and its many parks. City Hall (816) 331-4331

Peculiar Population: 4,797 Peculiar is a great choice for commuters. It features lovely surroundings and a country feel, yet is close to Kansas City. City Hall (816) 779-5212

Harrisonville Population: 10,001 More than 175 years old, Harrisonville boasts recreational and fishing lakes, wonderful parks and inviting residential areas. City Hall (816) 380-8900

Pleasant Hill Population: 8,218 Founded in the 1850’s, Pleasant Hill is now an active and thriving community with a blend of new and historic homes. City Hall (816) 540-3135

Raymore Population: 19,754 What started as a busy railroad town has turned into a Kansas City suburb. Raymore residents experience a rural atmosphere while being just a short commute from Kansas City. City Hall (816) 331-0488

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013

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Clay County Famous for its association with Jesse James, Clay County is also known for its mineral springs. The area has experienced economic boom as companies have been attracted here by access to major transportation. Claycomo Population: 1,459 Claycomo is an industrial and residential community that is located at the crossroads of several major highways. City Hall (816) 452-5539

Liberty Population: 30,096 Home of the highly regarded William Jewell College, Liberty features gently rolling hills and historical museums. City Hall (816) 439-4400

Excelsior Springs Population: 11,418 Home to the famous Elms Hotel and Spa, Excelsior Springs boasts 19th century architecture and unique specialty shops. City Hall (816) 630-0750

North Kansas City Population: 4,319 This busy “north of the river” city has a large central business and shopping area. North Kansas City boasts industrial growth, parks and community activities. City Hall (816) 274-6000

Smithville Population: 8,954 The site of a historic Missouri mill, Smithville (or Smith’s Mill) has been on the map since 1822 and is home to great lakes and camping areas. City Hall (816) 532-3897

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Gladstone Population: 26,157 A suburb of North Kansas City, Gladstone is an active community with resurgent neighborhoods. City Hall (816) 436-2200

Pleasant Valley Population: 3,032 Its name says it all – Pleasant Valley is a pretty little town set amid beautiful scenery. City Hall (816) 781-3996

Kearney Population: 9,038 Kearney is known for its picturesque residential neighborhoods and acres of land for those who like an open view. City Hall (816) 628-4142

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Jackson County Jackson County is central to the Kansas City, Missouri government, leading businesses and many nationally recognized organizations. Residential areas vary from lakeside living to urban neighborhoods. Blue Springs Population: 53,294 Founded by pioneers in the 1800s along the Little Blue River, Blue Springs is now a booming community with lovely scenery. City Hall (816) 228-0110

Grandview Population: 25,307 Once a farming community, Grandview has grown into a thriving residential and industrial area just south of Kansas City. City Hall (816) 316-4800

Lake Lotawana Population: 1,952 Both summer and year-round homes surround this lovely 600-acre lake, just 20 miles from downtown. City Hall (816) 578-4215

Buckner Population: 3,072 Also know as “The Little Village in the Valley”, Buckner is located along the historic Lewis and Clark Trail with scenic neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown. City Hall (816) 650-3191

Independence Population: 117,240 Independence is the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and a popular tourist attraction for history buffs. City Hall (816) 325-7000

Lee’s Summit Population: 93,184 A community rich in tradition, Lee’s Summit enjoys a historic downtown, convenient shopping and a myriad of housing choices. City Admin. (816) 969-1000

Grain Valley Population: 13,125 Located in a fertile valley, this agricultural community offers residents an attractive blend of town and rural living. City Admin. (816) 847-6200

Kansas City Population: 467,007 Kansas City neighborhoods are diverse, featuring glorious mansions, trendy lofts, historic homes and condos that continue to attract a variety of residents. City Hall (816) 513-1313

Oak Grove Population: 7,861 Oak Grove has roots that date back to the Civil War. Oak Grove is known for excellent parks and its growing population. City Admin. (816) 690-3773

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Raytown Population: 29,510 Raytown boasts a spirited closeknit community seeking small town living. City Admin. (816) 737-6003 Sugar Creek Population: 3,339 Sugar Creek is a picturesque riverside community once the home of numerous Native American tribes. City Hall (816) 252-4400

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Platte County Platte County is one of the area’s fastest growing residential areas. Newcomers are taken by its wonderful neighborhoods, extensive antique shops, and breathtaking views of the Missouri River. Parkville Population: 5,928 Parkville overlooks the Missouri River and features charming neighborhoods, quaint antique shops and the historic Park University. City Hall (816) 741-7676 Platte City Population: 4,799 Platte City is a scenic river town with a convenient location and small town atmosphere. City Hall (816) 858-3046

Riverside Population: 3,046 Riverside is best known for its fine residential districts, large industrial park and extensive business district. City Hall (816) 741-3993 Weatherby Lake Population: 1,791 This residential community was built around a man-made lake amidst some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. City Hall (816) 741-5545

Weston Population: 1,703 Great for day or weekend trips, Weston features Victorian Homes, established orchards and many antique shops. An added novelty, the Snow Creek ski resort is located just three miles north of Weston. City Hall (816) 640-2752

Source: U.S. Census Annual Estimate, July 2013

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LEARN The Kansas City area is at the top of its class in education. Students from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate benefit from excellent public, private and parochial learning environments.


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PUBLIC LIBRARIES Looking for a good book to read? Whether interested in reading the classics, mysteries, biographies or a good novel, Kansas Citians have access to numerous public and university libraries, sure to suit casual and avid readers.

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Johnson County Community College Billington Library JCCC provides materials and resources to the community to enhance educational growth and learning. WHERE: 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-3871

Johnson County Law Library The Law Library is located on the first floor of the Johnson County Courthouse. It contains resources needed for researching the law of the country and the states. WHERE: 100 S Kansas Ave., 1st floor Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 715-4153 home

Johnson County Public Library The Johnson County Library encompasses a central resource library and 12 branch libraries. Hours vary by location. WHERE: 9875 W 87th St. Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 826-4600

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funfact A young Ernest Hemingway began his writing career in Kansas City. He worked as a cub reporter at the The Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918.

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Kansas City, Kansas Public Library The main library is located in downtown Kansas City, KS. It has an extensive collection of fine arts books and Spanish-language materials. WHERE: 625 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, KS 66101 (913) 551-3280 Kansas City Public Library The Kansas City Public Library has ten branches in the Kansas City area. The Central Library, located downtown, is the major resource library, containing special collections and the main administrative offices. WHERE: 14 W 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 701-3400

Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology Located in the heart of Kansas City, this library is focused on providing the most reliable information, resources, and events catering to the studies of physical and life sciences, engineering, and technology studies. WHERE: 5109 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 363-4600 Mid-Continent Public Library These libraries focus on providing exceptional material and resources, specifically regarding genealogy and family history. WHERE: There are several locations including, but not limited to, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Raytown, and Independence.

Olathe Public Library The Olathe Public Library includes the Main Library and the Indian Creek branch. A wide variety of children’s events and adult informational events are offered. WHERE: 201 E Park St. Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 971-6850 University of Kansas Medical Center Dykes Library Dykes Library is located on the campus of the University of Kansas Medical Center and features a collection of quality medical information and resources. WHERE: 2100 W 39th Ave. Kansas City, KS 66160 (913) 588-7166


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ADVANCED ACADEMICS Kansas City is central to higher education with more than 15 universities and colleges. It is also just a short drive to major universities in both Kansas and Missouri.

The Art Institutes International - Kansas City 8208 Melrose Dr. Lenexa, KS 66214 (913) 217-4600 Avila University 11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64145 (800) GO-AVILA Baker University - Kansas City 8001 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 491-4432 DeVry Institute of Technology 11224 Holmes Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 941-0430 Friends University - Lenexa 8207 Melrose Dr., Suite 200 Lenexa, Kansas 66214 (913) 233-8700

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Johnson County Community College 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-8500

Kansas State University 119 Anderson Hall Manhattan, KS 66506 (785) 532-6250

Kansas City Art Institute 4415 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 472-4852

Metropolitan Community College Six locations across the Kansas City area (816) 604-1000

Kansas City Kansas Community College 7250 State Ave. Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 334-1100 225 Cherokee Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913) 651-2111

MidAmerica Nazarene University 2030 E College Way Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 782-3750

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National American University 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 981-8700 3620 Arrowhead Ave. Independence, MO 64057 (816) 412-7700 7490 NW 87th St. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 412-5500

Ottawa University Kansas City 4370 W 109th St., Suite 200 Overland Park, KS 66211 (913) 266-8600

University of Missouri 104 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-2121

The University of Kansas 1450 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045 (785) 864-2700

University of Missouri Kansas City 5115 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 235-1000

Edwards Campus 12600 Quivira Rd. Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 897-8400 Medical Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66160 (913) 588-5000

University of Phoenix 1310 E 104th St. Kansas City, MO 64131 8345 Lenexa Dr. Lenexa, KS 66214 (816) 943-9600

William Jewell College 500 College Hill Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-7700

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Park University 8700 NW River Park Dr. Parkville, MO 64152 (816) 741-2000 ext. 6215

Rockhurst University 1100 Rockhurst Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 501-4000


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A State of Excellence:

KANSAS EDUCATION The state of Kansas offers highquality and nationally-recognized public education to students on the Kansas side of the metropolitan area. Take a look below to learn more about the area’s school districts.

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Johnson County The Johnson County Unified School District is made up of six individual districts that are a part of Johnson County, KS. With more than 160 schools and over 92,000 students, it is the largest Kansas school system in the metropolitan area. Blue Valley 15020 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66283 (913) 239-4000

Gardner/Edgerton 231 E Madison Gardner, KS 66030 (913) 856-2000

Shawnee Mission 7235 Antioch Rd. Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 (913) 993-6200

DeSoto 35200 W 91st St. DeSoto, KS 66018 (913) 583-8300

Olathe 14160 Blackbob Rd. Olathe, KS 66063 (913) 780-7000

Spring Hill 101 E South St. Spring Hill, KS 66083 (913) 592-7200

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Leavenworth County Leavenworth County is the northernmost point of Kansas in the Kansas City metropolitan area and is home to five school districts. Together, these districts provide educational opportunities to nearly 13,000 students at more than 30 schools. Basehor-Linwood 2008 N 155th St. Basehor, KS 66007 (913) 724-1396

Lansing 401 S 2nd St. Lansing, KS 66043 (913) 727-1100

Fort Leavenworth 207 Education Way Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 (913) 651-7373

Leavenworth 200 N 4th Leavenworth, KS 66048 (913) 684-1400

Wyandotte County Wyandotte County is directly north of Johnson County and has three school districts. It has over 50 schools and a student population of more than 24,000. Bonner Springs/Edwardsville 2200 S 138th St., PO Box 435 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (913) 422-5600 Kansas City, Kansas 2010 N 59th St. Kansas City, KS 66104 (913) 551-3200 Piper 12036 Leavenworth Rd. Kansas City, KS 66109 (913) 721-2088

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Tonganoxie 330 E Highway 24-40 Tonganoxie, KS 66086 (913) 845-2153



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MISSOURI EDUCATION Missouri students around the Kansas City area have access to many high-quality educational opportunities, with several area schools even ranked nationally. Take a look below for details about each county’s school districts.

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Cass County Cass County is the southernmost point of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It consists of four school districts serving more than 13,000 students in nearly 30 schools. Belton 110 W Walnut Belton, MO 64012 (816) 489-7000

Midway 5801 E State Rt. 2 Cleveland, MO 64734 (816) 250-2994

Clay County Directly north of Kansas City proper, Clay County is home to more than 70 schools and serves nearly 40,000 students.

Pleasant Hill 318 Cedar St. Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 (816) 540-3161 Raymore-Peculiar 21005 S School Rd. Peculiar, MO 64078 (816) 892-1300

Missouri City 700 E Main St. Missouri City, MO 64072 (816) 750-4391

Excelsior Springs 300 W Broadway Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 (816) 630-9200

Lawson 401 N Allison Lawson, MO 64062 (816) 580-7277

North Kansas City 2000 NE 46th St. North Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 413-5000

Kearney 1002 S Jefferson St. Kearney, MO 64060 (816) 628-4116

Liberty 650 Conistor Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 736-5300

Smithville 645 S Commercial Ave. Smithville, MO 64089 (816) 532-0406

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Jackson County Jackson County has the largest offering of educational opportunities on the Missouri side of the metropolitan area with 12 districts and more than 350 schools and 141,000 students. Blue Springs 1801 NW Vesper Blue Springs, MO 64015 (816) 224-1300

Grandview 13015 10th St. Grandview, MO 64030 (816) 316-5000

Lee’s Summit 600 SE Miller Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 986-1000

Center 8701 Holmes Rd. Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 349-3300

Hickman Mills 9000 Old Sante Fe Rd. Kansas City, MO 64138 (816) 316-7000

Lone Jack 201 W Lone Jack-Lee’s Summit Rd. Lone Jack, MO 64070 (816) 697-3539

Fort Osage 2101 N Twyman Rd. Independence, MO 64058 (816) 650-7000

Independence 218 N Pleasant Ave. Independence, MO 64050 (816) 521-5300

Oak Grove 1305 S Salem Oak Grove, MO 64075 (816) 690-4156

Grain Valley 31606 NE Pink Hill Rd. Grain Valley, MO 64029 (816) 847-5006

Kansas City 1211 McGee St. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 418-7000

Raytown 5401 Lane Ave. Raytown, MO 64133 (816) 268-7230

Platte County Platte County sits in the northwest corner of the Kansas City metropolitan area and includes four school districts. Within those districts are more than 30 schools educating nearly 15,000 students. North Platte 212 W 6th St. Dearborn, MO 64439 (816) 450-3511

Platte County 998 Platte Falls Rd. Platte City, MO 64079 (816) 858-5420

Park Hill 7703 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 359-4000

West Platte 1103 Washington St. Weston, MO 64098 (816) 640-2236

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EDUCATION In Kansas City, learning extends well beyond our fine area public school systems to include a variety of education choices. Accredited pre-schools, schools tailored for students with special needs, and private and parochial schools are available to meet virtually all academic pursuits.

Private and Parochial Kansas City offers a variety of private and parochial educational paths to families living in the metropolitan area. Whether you are looking for a school whose educational philosophy closely matches your own values, or you just want your children attending a school that holds its students to a higher academic and personal standard, you’ll find one that’s a great fit in Kansas City. Many of the private schools, whether faith-based or secular, are known and recognized for their many outstanding qualities and opportunities for personal success. Individual academic achievement, excellence in sports, and unique extracurricular endeavors help round out the exciting and fulfilling educational experience that students at Kansas City’s many private schools can enjoy. Want to learn more about private and parochial education in Kansas City? Visit for more information.

Special Education Kansas City has many schools that offer tailored education and nurturing environments for families with children who have special needs.

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The goal of these schools and their highly-qualified staff is to carefully assess and evaluate each student. This enables them to gauge where each student is developmentally and helps them to determine which educational approach will be most successful. Visit for more information about special education around Kansas City.

Preschool and Daycare In the chaotic shuffle of moving and starting a new life in a new city, it’s important not to lose sight of the little things – or rather the little ones. Finding a good preschool or daycare solution is more important than ever. When children are younger, the amount of stimulation, warmth, support and interaction they receive can have a significant impact on their academic and social development. This extends well beyond their early years, as studies show that children in high-quality preschool and childcare scored higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers. The Kansas City area is full of safe, nurturing and accredited preschools and daycare providers, but the best ones fill up fast. That’s why it’s essential to have a plan in mind well before you arrive in your new hometown. Ask yourself, do you plan on going with a commercial or in-home center? What is your backup plan if no spots are available at your preferred provider? Be prepared by starting your search for a preschool or daycare now at

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PLAY Once settled in to Kansas City, you’ll probably want to explore what this great city has to offer. Enjoy the area’s unique entertainment and attractions, suited especially for art lovers, history buffs, sports fans, and outdoor enthusiasts.


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ENTERTAIN YOU Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism

Kansas City has a fantastic arts scene. Its internationally known museums, vibrant art gallery districts and inspired live performances create a truly exciting living experience for local residents.

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Museums Kansas City is home to outstanding museums ranging from history, music, the arts, sports, science, technology, and much more. American Jazz Museum Watch jazz come alive! Enjoy educational programs, exhibits, a jazz club and a modern performing arts center at the American Jazz Museum. WHERE: 1616 E 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-VINE American Royal Museum Tour interactive displays and hands-on exhibits focusing on the role of agriculture and livestock in Kansas City. WHERE: 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO 64102 (816) 221-9800

Arabia Steamboat Museum Step back in time and explore remarkably preserved cargo from the 1856 shipwreck of the Arabia steamboat. WHERE: 400 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 471-1856 Johnson County Museum of History Learn about Johnson County through permanent and rotating exhibits, educational tours and workshops for all. WHERE: 6305 Lackman Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 715-2550

Kansas City Museum Explore regional history exhibits, the Planetarium, Natural History Hall and special exhibits. WHERE: 3218 Gladstone Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64123 (816) 483-8300 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art See its permanent art collection or take part in one of over 60 educational programs designed to entertain and to challenge all participants. WHERE: 4420 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-5784

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Museum at Prairiefire Located in the heart of the Prairiefire development, this museum features traveling exhibitions from New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Visitors can also dig for their own artifacts and inspect dinosaur bones. WHERE: 5801 W 135th St. Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 333-3500 National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial Visit the Nation’s official World War I museum where the history of our first global conflict is brought to life. Also, don’t miss the best view of the city at the top of the Liberty Memorial. WHERE: 100 W 26th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 888-8100

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Celebrate the contributions of African-American baseball players through multi-media displays, hundreds of photographs and artifacts dating from the 1800s to 1960. WHERE: 1616 E 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-1920 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Explore the internationallyrecognized museum showcasing amazing collections featuring more than 34,000 pieces from ancient times to modern day. The museum features special exhibitions, classes for all ages, restaurants and a museum store. WHERE: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 751-1ART Photo courtesy of Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association

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Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Explore this museum filled with regionally and nationally recognized artwork. The main focus of the Nerman Museum is to educate children about visual arts. WHERE: 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 469-8500 Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art See monthly exhibitions created by nationally and internationally recognized artists, as well as local artists from the Kansas City area. WHERE: 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-2626 Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum Discover more about the political and personal life of our 33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman through audio, video and other memorabilia. WHERE: 500 W US Hwy 24 Independence, MO 64050 (816) 268-8200 Union Station Built in 1914, Union Station is a mix of culture, education, and entertainment. Come visit traveling national exhibits, 3D movies on the Extreme Screen, interactive science center, and a vibrant Theater District featuring live theater and much more. WHERE: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 460-2020


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Dance Venues From ballet and tap, to the tango and waltz, Kansas City offers many dance options for those who enjoy participating and those who like to watch.

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts The Kauffman Center is home to resident organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony, as well as other performers of national and global acclaim. WHERE: 1601 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 994-7200

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Watch incredible performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey promotes diversity and helps educate many children through art programs. WHERE: 218 Delaware Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 471-6003 Kansas City Swing Dance Interested in learning to Swing, Salsa or Tango? Kansas City Swing Dance is just the place to master many recreational forms of dance. WHERE: 6101 Martway St. Mission, KS 66202 (913) 831-7964

Louis & Company Dance Studio Learn how to dance and energize audiences in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment. WHERE: 10409 Marty Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 385-0707

City in Motion Dance Theatre This is just the place for watching high-quality contemporary dance performances and helping a great not-for-profit organization. WHERE: 3925 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 561-2882

funfact The “jam� session originated in Kansas City. Jazz musicians would gather after their gigs and play together into the late hours of the night.

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Music Venues Jazz and blues play a very important role in Kansas City’s rich musical history. Audiences can enjoy different genres of music from renowned local talent to national artists at many music venues around Kansas City. 18th and Vine Historic District This historic district is home to the annual Jazz Festival, Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater. (816) 474-8463 Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Located in Wyandotte County Park, this giant outdoor concert venue attracts many top musical artists and events each year. WHERE: 633 N 130th St. Bonner Springs, KS 66012 (913) 721-3400

Friends of Chamber Music With over 30 years experience, the Friends’ musical performances range from the medieval period to the present. WHERE: 635 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-9999 Kansas City Chamber Orchestra Professional orchestra musicians hold spectacular performances at various venues around Kansas City. (816) 960-1324

Sprint Center The Sprint Center is the centerpiece of the downtown entertainment district. It is Kansas City’s home for sports, concerts, family shows, collegiate competitions, tournaments and special events. WHERE: 1407 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106 816-949-7100

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Theater Venues Those who love the theatre will delight in Kansas City’s live performances. From Broadway hits to the hilarious melodramas, Kansas City knows how to bring down the house. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Since 1927, the Midland Theatre has been the premiere indoor venue for live music, comedians and family shows. WHERE: 1228 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 283-9900 Folly Theater Known as Kansas City’s oldest theater, Folly Theater presents an assortment of events for the entire community to enjoy. WHERE: 300 W 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 474-4444

The New Theatre Restaurant Enjoy dinner and live entertainment from some of your favorite local and national stars at The New Theatre Restaurant. WHERE: 9229 Foster Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 649-SHOW Starlight Theatre Since the 1950s, this unique outdoor theatre has been the place to go for Broadway shows and musical concerts. WHERE: 4600 Starlight Rd. Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 363-7827

The Theatre in the Park Tucked away on 10 beautiful acres in Shawnee Mission Park, this outdoor amphitheatre presents Broadway musicals, concerts, and a variety of events. It is a true summer theatre tradition that keeps audiences entertained year after year. WHERE: 7710 Renner Rd. Shawnee, KS 66217 (913) 236-1237

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Shopping Areas Kansas City has many regional shopping malls, countless neighborhood shopping centers and a number of boutique specialty shops offering a variety of options for shoppers. Brookside Shopping District This neighborhood shopping district is home to eclectic, local shops and dining establishments. WHERE: 63rd & Brookside Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 523-5553

The Country Club Plaza The nation’s first outdoor shopping mall, The Plaza has over 180 premier retail, dining and entertainment establishments. WHERE: 4750 Broadway St. Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 753-0100

City Market Open daily and featuring a mix of dining and shopping, the City Market is located in the historic River Market area and hosts the region’s largest farmers’ market. WHERE: 20 E 5th St. Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 842-1271

Crossroads Arts District Recently transformed from urban warehouses, the Crossroads Arts District hosts unique shops, restaurants and art galleries. WHERE: 1720 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64141 (816) 994-7313

Corbin Park The area of Corbin Park features a diverse shopping experience with retail stores, restaurants, a farmer’s market and even a gym. WHERE: 135th & Metcalf Overland Park, KS 66223

Crown Center Shops Located in the heart of Kansas City, Crown Center is home to three-levels of shops, restaurants, theaters, exhibits, and more. WHERE: 2450 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 274-8444 Photo courtesy of

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Legends Outlets Kansas City Across from the Kansas Speedway, this outdoor center is home to a unique assortment of shops and restaurants. WHERE: 1843 Village West Pkwy. Kansas City, KS 66109 (913) 788-3700 Oak Park Mall This indoor shopping mall features 190 stores ranging from national department stores to shops, restaurants, and kiosks. WHERE: 11519 W 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66214 (913) 888-4400 Town Center Plaza This outdoor shopping area in Leawood is home to 90 shops, spas, restaurants, and much more. WHERE: 5000 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 498-1111 Ward Parkway Center Located on the border of Kansas and Missouri, this indoor/outdoor shopping mall offers a variety of traditional and lifestyle retailers. WHERE: 8600 Ward Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 363-3545 Zona Rosa In North Kansas City, this outdoor venue features shopping, dining, entertainment and living. WHERE: 8640 N Dixson Ave. Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 587-8180


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Kansas City is the perfect destination for kids and kids-atheart alike. From pulse-pounding thrills at world-class theme and water parks to wonder-inducing experiences at learning and discovery centers, there are plenty of fun times to be enjoyed around Kansas City.

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead Designed to depict a turn-of-thecentury family farm, Deanna Rose has nearly 200 animals, vegetable and flower gardens, old-time fishing ponds, pony rides and more. WHERE: 13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221 (913) 897-2360

Kansas City Zoo There are more than 200 acres to explore in this nature sanctuary. A visit to the Kansas City Zoo is an interactive experience that stimulates all the senses to entertain and educate visitors. WHERE: 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 595-1234

Kaleidoscope Take the kids to Kaleidoscope for an imaginative and free experience! Children will use their imaginations to make art with left-over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. WHERE: 2500 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 274-8300

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center With over three million Lego bricks in this indoor attraction, it’s one of Kansas City’s best kid-friendly destinations. WHERE: 2475 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-4386 kansascity

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Powell Gardens Kansas City’s botanical garden offers much to discover. Splash through the fountain garden, connect with nature or take part in the variety of classes offered for families and kids. WHERE: 1609 NW US Highway 50 Kingsville, MO 64061 (816) 697-2600 Schlitterbahn Waterpark Schlitterbahn Waterpark is Kansas City’s only river tubing adventure. It’s like going on a float trip inside a waterpark. Also experience Verrückt, the tallest water slide in the world! WHERE: 9400 State Ave. Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 312-3110

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the patriot roller coaster at worlds of fun in kansas city, mo.

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City This aquarium will transport you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of humble starfish, seahorses and graceful rays. WHERE: 2475 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-4386 Science City at Union Station Science City was named as one of the nation’s best science centers by Parent’s Magazine. Kids of all ages can experience the amazing world of science through interactive exhibits. Explore the planetarium, unearth dinosaur fossils, play in the kinderlab and more! WHERE: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 460-2020

Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City Fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children eight and under, their parents and caregivers from across the Kansas City area. WHERE: 5700 King St. Shawnee, KS 66203 (913) 287-8888 Worlds of Fun Oceans of Fun Worlds of Fun is Kansas City’s only amusement park, filled with rides for everyone from thrillseekers to families. Visit Oceans of Fun waterpark using the same admission ticket! WHERE: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave. Kansas City, MO 64161 (816) 454-4545

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funfact Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City: Laugh-O-Gram Studios. A small mouse lived in his office which he said became the influence behind the famous Mickey Mouse.


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HOME TEAM Kansas City is home to year-round sporting events and professional franchises, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC and NASCAR races at the Kansas Speedway.

Kansas City Chiefs Football Arrowhead Stadium is known as one of the loudest venues in the NFL, accommodating nearly 80,000 devoted fans. The smell of BBQ fills the air as fans gather in the parking lot, hours before game time, for a true tailgating experience unique to Kansas City. WHERE: One Arrowhead Dr. Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 920-9300 Kansas City Royals Baseball The Royals moved into Royals Stadium in April 1973. Twenty years later, the stadium was re-named Kauffman Stadium, in honor of the team’s first owner, Ewing Kauffman. Now seats over 40,000 spectators. WHERE: One Royal Way Kansas City, MO 64129 (800) 676-9257

Kansas Speedway Racefans – get ready! Kansas Speedway, a 1.5 mile tri-oval track hosts a number of races each year, including NASCAR. The speedway can hold more than 72,000 spectators. WHERE: 400 Speedway Blvd. Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 328-3300 Sporting Kansas City Soccer Sporting Kansas City is a professional American soccer club and a member of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The team originally played at Arrowhead Stadium but moved into their official home, Sporting Park, in 2011. WHERE: One Sporting Way Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 387-3400 Photo courtesy of Kiichiro Sato, AP Image

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Soak up the great outdoors with a trip to one of Kansas City’s parks or lakes, or spend an afternoon playing golf at one of the many courses in the area.

Lakes and Parks One advantage Kansas City has that makes it especially enjoyable during the spring and summer months is its proximity to lakes and water activities. There are literally dozens of lakes – large and small – around the metropolitan area for you to enjoy fun-filled days on the water. From a leisurely afternoon sail, to an adrenaline-fueled jet-ski ride, to a day spent fishing, the many lakes surrounding the Kansas City area give you the freedom to enjoy some time away without having to go far away.

funfact Kansas City is the hometown of pro golf legend, Tom Watson. Several courses designed by Tom Watson can be found throughout the area including The National Golf Club of Kansas City.

If being on the water isn’t exactly your idea of a good time or you just prefer staying on solid ground for your outdoor activities, you’ll find welcoming, wide-open spaces to enjoy at hundreds of Kansas City parks. With plenty of shelters and playground equipment, our area parks provide ideal gathering places for casual playdates and family picnics. The sprawling acreage and well-maintained trails and paths provide the perfect environment for hiking, biking and jogging enthusiasts.

Golf Courses Kansas Citians are passionate about their golf and it’s easy to understand why. Regardless of skill level or budget, Kansas City is a putter’s paradise with options ranging from public courses to private clubs that have hosted pro golf tournaments. Visit to help find the perfect setting for all your outdoor activities.

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HOME Kansas City gives you the freedom to live the life you’ve always wanted. With an appealing mix of big city amenities and services, as well as small town friendliness and comfort, it’s easy to understand what makes Kansas City such a perfect place for your life to happen.

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THE PERFECT HOME Everyone has a different vision of their ideal place to call home. Some crave the excitement and energy that comes from living in a vibrant downtown district. Others prefer the convenience and comfort of a home in the suburbs. Then, there are those who appreciate the simple life in the rural outskirts. Regardless of your preference, Kansas City has a range of housing options to help you live the life you’ve always wanted - from neighborhood communities with pools and walking trails to condos that offer a central location and scenic views of the urban core, and more! No matter how you want to live, the possibilities are virtually endless. So, once you decide to call Kansas City home, we’ll help you find the best home to live a Better life in Kansas City! Visit to start your search for the home that fits your lifestyle.


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CARING SIDE Now and then, everyone needs a little extra care. Kansas City is home to many excellent facilities that can provide everything from quick treatments for bumps, bruises and breaks to long-term care that may become necessary later in life.

Healthcare No one ever plans to stay in the hospital, but if you do find yourself in that situation, you can take comfort knowing that you will receive the highest level of care in Kansas City. National publications have recognized the hospitals and medical professionals around Kansas City time and time again for their outstanding patient care. For some, cancer detection or cardiac disease is their specialty, while others excel at diagnosing reproductive disorders or treating childhood disease. In fact, Kansas City has received special distinction for their emphasis on pediatrics. Parent’s Magazine recently ranked Children’s Mercy Kansas City as #14 among the country’s best children’s hospitals. Visit for more information about your healthcare options in the Kansas City area.

Senior Care As loved ones enter their golden years, it may raise the need to talk about long-term care. Can they be cared for at home? Is a visiting or live-in nurse the answer? Or would a senior care facility offer the best solution? By visiting, you can learn more about senior care and living options.

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SETTLED When you’re new to a city, there’s a lot to figure out as you get settled. Whether it’s getting utilities connected or just getting from point A to point B, you can be confident that you’ll get the necessary help from dependable service providers around Kansas City.

Transportation Kansas City is definitely a driver’s city. Between its many scenic boulevards and commute times below the national average, it’s a great place to get behind the wheel and hit the open road. Kansas City also offers several other ways to get around the city. Our public transportation provides reliable and affordable options throughout the metro. If you’re traveling farther away, direct access to the Kansas City International Airport makes getting out of town very convienent. To find out more about Kansas City’s various transportation options, visit

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funfact The 1920s launched the start of KC barbecue, and it hasn’t slowed down since. In fact, the Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation.

Don’t Forget If and when you decide to call Kansas City home, you won’t want to get overwhelmed by the long list of tasks like getting your new driver’s license, registering to vote, connecting your utilities and more. This handy checklist will help you keep track of these errands before, during and after your big move. Also, visit for more details about settling into Kansas City.

Moving Checklist Contact a reputable moving company.

Complete US Postal Service change of address forms.

Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if needed.

Change address with your credit card companies and any subscriptions you have.

Have school records transferred. Obtain copies of medical, dental, legal and accounting records. Transfer your homeowner’s and auto insurances.

Order utilities (e.g. gas, electric, water, cable, internet). Close or transfer bank accounts. Arrange for transfer of vehicles and drivers’ licenses.

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