2023 Ratings & Rankings

Kansas City Suburb is a Hot Spot for Pickleball
Overland Park, Kansas, was pegged as the top pickleball-obsessed city in the country, with new pickleball-based entertainment venue, SERV, offering courts, food and bars. Offers.bet, March 2023

KC Area County is Top Place to Live
Johnson County slotted the top spot in Kansas and No. 3 in the country on Niche’s list of best U.S. counties to live in, noted for its high grades in categories including public schools, housing and family life. Niche, February 2023

KC Region's Good Eats Earn Eight James Beard Award Nominations
Eight food and drink spots throughout the region earned semifinalist nominations in the annual James Beard Awards, for categories including Outstanding Hospitality, Outstanding Bar, Outstanding Chef and Best Chef in the Midwest. James Beard Foundation, January 2023

Kansas City Ranks in Top 10 Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2023
KC ranked No. 7 in Zillow's predicted list of hottest markets, based on analysis of forecast home value growth, recent housing market velocity, projected changes in the labor market, home construction activity and number of homeowner households. Zillow, January 2023

KC Area College Program Ranks Among Best for Veterans
The online master's program in nursing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City ranked No. 11 in the nation for veterans, the eleventh consecutive year the program has been ranked in the Top 50. U.S. News & World Report, January 2023

KC Lands on List of Most Livable U.S. Cities
Kansas City was among the top cities for quality of life in Far & Wide's recent ranking, recognizing it as the "Barbecue Capital of the country" and noting its rich jazz heritage. Far & Wide, January 2023

Local Distillery Makes List of "Bucket-List" Drink Spots Around the World
J. Rieger & Co., a historic brand revived in 2014, was listed as the "Most Young-at-Heart" drink location in the world, in part thanks to its 40-foot-long spiral slide for guests of all ages to ride. Wine Enthusiast, January 2023

KC Ranks in Top 10 of Cities with Most Green Space
Kansas City was recognized for its total public and private green area per capita, total park acreage and number of parks and green spaces. Lawn Love, January 2023

Convention Center in KC Region Named Best in North America
The Overland Park Convention Center was recognized for its ability to host events of all shapes and sizes whil providing world-class service and state-of-the-art accomodations. The win is OPCC's fourth since the awards' inception four years ago. EXHIBITOR Magazine, January 2023

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