Geography: Kansas City

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Kansas City is a large city, a major city in one of the largest metropolitan areas of more than two million people on both sides of the Missouri–Kansas border.
Kansas City was founded in 1838 at the meeting of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and was incorporated in its present form in 1853. Kansas City, Kansas, is the location of several important battles during the Civil War. The city is well known for its diverse offerings to the musical styles of jazz and blues as well as to its two most noted cuisine, Kansas City strip steak and Kansas City-style barbecue.
The city has five level one trauma hospitals, one being the Children’s Mercy Hospital which specializes in pediatrics. Children’s Mercy Hospital also obtains a personal fleet of pediatric ambulances and rescue helicopter.
Kansas City, Missouri is located on the border of the "Tornado Alley", an area where cooler air from the Rocky Mountains intermeshes with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. This forms powerful storms especially during the spring and fall. Only some areas of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area have had some severe occurrences of tornadoes. This same region can also be subject to intermittent ice and snow storms during the winter months.
According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Kansas City was as follows:
• White: 59.2% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 54.9%)
• Black or African American: 29.9%
• Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 10.0%
• Some other race: 4.5% (primarily Latino)
• Two or more races: 3.2%
• Asian: 2.5%
• Native American: 0.5%
• Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Kansas City has the second biggest Sudanese and Somalian population in the United States. The city also has a diverse Latino/Hispanic population, which is mostly Mex...

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