Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri by population and area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of over 495,327, making it the 38th most-populous city in the United States. It is the most populated municipality and historic core city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line and has a combined statistical area population of 2,487,053. Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. The city borders Kansas City, Kansas, and the Kansas counties of Johnson County and Wyandotte County.
Kansas City is a Gamma - city according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation.
Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
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