Kansas City ranked in Top 20 Best Places to Live and Work

Kansas City ranked in Top 20 Best Places to Live and Work

February 14, 2020

MovieMaker magazine moves KC to Big Cities category, recognizes destination as one of the country’s best places for crew and productions

Announced last week in the publication’s February issue, MovieMaker magazine has selected Kansas City as the No. 17 Best Place to Live and Work in the Big Cities category.

The article cites KC’s “passionate and active film community” as key to its ranking. Other contributing factors mentioned include that the city supports a thriving professional industry and burgeoning infrastructure—not to mention a rich film history, nearly three dozen production facilities, 15 film festivals and eight equipment rental services.

“I am pleased MovieMaker magazine recognized Kansas City as one of the best American cities to live and work as a filmmaker,” said Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas. “As Kansas City continues to prosper, we are securing our reputation as a city that values the arts and entertainment while also providing an affordable cost of living.”

The honor marks the second year in a row in which Kansas City was included in the publication’s annual ranking, and its first year in the Big Cities category, alongside cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Austin and Houston. Kansas City is one of two destinations on this year’s list without a state incentive.

“Kansas City has great crews, wonderful locations—both country and urban—and some of the best food in the country,” said Oscar winner, University of Kansas film professor and filmmaker Kevin Wilmott, who co-wrote the BlacKkKlansman screenplay. “I have found everything I have ever needed in Kansas City.”

To read the full article, visit moviemakermagazine.com.

About the KC Film Office

The KC Film Office leads the city’s efforts to attract film, television and new media productions to the community. A division of Visit KC, the Film Office focuses on three core priorities: production assistance, project recruitment and industry support. To date, the Film Office has assisted more than 1,000 productions of all sizes generating an economic impact of more than $50 million. For more information, go to FilminKC.com.