Just north of downtown Kansas City lies the 'Northland' as locals call it. The Northland consists of communities that lie north of the Missouri River and include areas such as North Kansas City, Parkville, Liberty, Gladstone, Claycomo, Riverside, Weatherby Lake, Lake Waukomus, and Smithville.
The Northland encompasses both Platte and Clay counties, with a large part within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri. The Northland also extends farther north to include Platte City, Weston, Kearney, and Excelsior Springs.
The Northland has enjoyed a tremendous amount of growth in the last decade with a boom of new homes, retail developments, and businesses and over 30% of the Kansas City Metro residing in the Northland. According to the US Census, here is how the demographics breakdown for folks in the 64150, 64151, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64118, 64119, and 64068 zip codes.
- Average Age: 36.5
- Percentage of White Collar Workers: 77.1%
- Average Family Size: 3.25
- Average Household Income: $67,620
The Northland is proud to have some of the finest schools in Kansas City Metro Area and includes the Park Hill, North Kansas City, West Platte, Platte R-II, and Liberty public school districts. The Northland Catholic Schools (including St. Pius X High School), Northland Luthern Schools and Oak Hill Day School are also found North of the River. Higher Education includes William Jewell College, Park University, Grantham University, and Maple Woods Community College.
The Northland is home to many attractions and fun things to do.
- World of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks
- Riverboat Casinos (Harrah's, Ameristar, Argosy)
- Shoal Creek Living History Museum
- Watkins Woolen Mill
- Red Barn Farm
- Martha Lafite Nature Sanctuary
- Kansas City Northern Railroad
- Jesse James Farm and Museum
- Historic Elms Hotel
Due to the closeness of the Kansas City International Airport, many organizations have chosen to headquarter their companies in Kansas City North.
- Cerner Corporation
- Helzberg Diamonds
- Harley Davidson Plant
- Ford Motor Plant
- American Dairy Farmers
One thing is for sure, Northlander's love to shop. Like most suburbs, the Northland has many upscale strip shopping areas. You'll find the Shops at Boardwalk (with Chico's, Houlihan's, Talbot's) at I-29 and Barry Road and Shoal Creek Valley at I-52 and I-35, Zona Rosa, a shopping, dining and entertainment district at 8640 N. Dixson Avenue, Tuileries Plaza at I-29 and 64th Street, and Briarcliff Village at 4151 N. Mulberry Drive.