Kansas City Northland Profile

The Historic Elms Hotel
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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 Northland Chamber, almost 300,000 people called the Northland home in 2007.

  • Average Age: 36.5
  • Percentage of White Collar Workers: 77.1%
  • Average Family Size: 3.25
  • Average Household Income: $67,620

According to the US Census using the 64150, 64151, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64118, 64119, 64068 zip codes.


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.


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. Metro North Mall was built in the late 1970's and retail has been going strong ever since.

Enjoy shopping at Zona Rosa (a shopping, dining and entertainment district), historic Parkville, Antioch Mall, the Tuileries at I-29 and 64th Street, Briarcliff Village and the shops on Liberty Square.

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).