Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City metro area, also known as the Paris of the Plains due to its abundance of boulevards, is a fifteen county metropolitan area located both in western Missouri, and Eastern Kansas.

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Total Population: 2,087,471

(An increase of 3.89 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 57,084
  • Language Spoken at Home - 81,242

Quick Facts

  • Greater Kansas City is also the second largest metropolitan statistical area in Missouri, as well as the largest MSA in the state of Kansas.

  • The foreign-born population in Kansas City has more than tripled since the year 1990.

  • In 2014, over 10,600 foreign-born students attended universities in Kansas City, and comprised over 50% of all master's and doctorate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

  • Kansas City is one of the primary destinations for African Refugees in the United States, many of which come from Burma, Somalia, Sudan, and Bhutan.

  • Kansas City has the second largest Somali population in the United States, as well as the second largest Sudanese population in the United States.

  • There are currently over 2,500 Native Americans, representing 98 tribes, residing in the greater Kansas City area.


Kansas City's ethnic population has recently been on the rise. Even though the city has historically been predominately white and black, in the past decade the foreign-born population of Kansas City has steadily grown, and the foreign-born population of the surrounding suburbs has more than doubled. As the city and the surrounding area continues to grow and develop, more and more immigrants move to Kansas City looking for work, and affordable living costs.

Nearly fifteen percent of the greater Kansas City area's population is made up of Immigrants. Historically, the large majority of immigrants in Kansas City were from European countries, and most of them from Germany, Italy, and France . There remains a significant Euro-American population in the city, and the cultural impact of previous immigrants remains evident. However, more recently the Ethnic makeup of the city has begun to change.

Within the past decade, Kansas City has seen large amounts of Latino and Asian immigrants begin to settle down within its borders. The populations of both of these people have more than doubled since the year 2000. Kansas City is also a prime destination for refugees from African countries. Over 450 refugees are resettled in Kansas City each year, and the large majority of those are from Africa. The ethnic landscape of Kansas City is beginning to change as more and more people from countries around the world are making their home in the city.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam30
ZaghawaSudanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam23
FurSudanSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam12
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism4,039
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,364
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia1,334
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam1,200
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam1,052
BhutaneseBhutanSouth Asian PeoplesTibetan / Himalayan PeoplesHinduism1,070
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam600
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni589
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism440
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism770
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam319
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada275
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam605
Somali BantuSomaliaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam - Sunni414
EritreanEritreaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni124
Arab, AlgerianAlgeriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni108
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam75
WolofSenegalSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam - Sunni4
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic3,159
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic2,429
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,703
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,685

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Kansas City Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...

"North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention" (NAMB)

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Ethnic Links

Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City- A great place to find out news and information about the Filipino community in Kansas City.

Somali Bantu of Kansas- A good website to find information on the Somali people located in and around the Kansas City area.

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