Kansas City, Missouri (not to be mistaken with Kansas City, Kansas) lies east of the State Line Road and east of the Missouri River. As the largest and most populous city in Missouri, Kansas City is full of activity, life and culture.
As the city continues to expand and grow, so do rent prices. Kansas City neighborhoods have seen rent prices increase by up to 35 percent in the last year alone. If you’re considering moving here, these are the five Kansas City neighborhoods where rent is increasing the most.
5. Central Hyde Park
- Price increase over the past year: 1.62 percent
- Average rent for one-bedroom in Central Hyde Park: $906.73
The Central Hyde Park neighborhood is surrounded by parks, museums, restaurants and shopping centers. This Kansas City neighborhood offers both small town vibes with big-city perks and is becoming a hot commodity of homeowners and renters alike.
If you’re looking to rent in this area, expect to pay roughly $900 for a one-bedroom apartment.
Fun Fact: Steeped with history, Hyde Park was founded in 1833 as a trading post on a trail bound for Sante Fe, NM. During the California gold rush, it’s estimated that more than 100,000 people made their way through the Hyde Park trading post on their hunt to find gold.
- Price increase over the past year: 5.92 percent
- Average rent for one-bedroom in Northland: $974.64
Because of the wide array of things to do locally, Northland rental prices have increased by nearly 6 percent since last year. Located near the airport, Northland is both a suburban neighborhood and a cultural hot spot.
From parks and trails to museums, amusement parks and riverboat casinos, the Northland Kansas City neighborhood is an attractive area of the city that offers a variety of things to do.
Fun Fact: There are more than 220 parks, 29 lakes and 103 parks in the Kansas City area, so residents have plenty of outdoor space to enjoy when living in Northland.
3. South Side
- Price increase over the past year: 6.13 percent
- Average rent for one-bedroom in South Side: $744.54
The South Side of Kansas City offers a variety of housing options for renters. It’s conveniently located with quick and easy access to the downtown area, has lots of scenic trails and parks, and has a relatively affordable cost of living. This neighborhood has seen just more than a 6 percent increase in rent year over year.
Fun Fact: Boulevard Brewery located on Southwest Boulevard happens to be the largest specialty brewery in the Midwest.
2. Quality Hill
- Price increase over the past year: 17.88 percent
- Average rent for one-bedroom in Quality Hill: $878.29
Quality Hill has French roots as it was once was home to a French missionary church during the time of the fur trappers in America. This Kansas City neighborhood is located west of downtown Kansas City and is atop a 200-foot bluff that overlooks the Missouri and Kansas River.
Now, this area is an upscale urban area that proudly boasts its on and off-Broadway productions at the Quality Hill Playhouse. As the population continues to soar, so do rental prices averaging $870+ dollars for a one-bedroom apartment.
Fun Fact: While there aren’t any more French fur trappers, there are still French influences in this neighborhood. Kansas City has more boulevards than Paris itself!
- Price increase over the past year: 35.30 percent
- Average rent for one-bedroom in Crossroads: $1,770.71
Full of art galleries and music venues, Crossroads is the artistic center of Kansas City, MO. It’s also the neighborhood that has seen the steepest increase in rent prices over the last year. With a 35.30 percent increase, Crossroads is a popular, yet pricey place to live.
Fun Fact: For movie buffs, Crossroads is home to Film Row. As Hollywood grew, it needed a centralized distribution center in the middle of the country. Movie conglomerates like MGM, 20th Century Fox and Paramount made Film Row their base and would distribute films to theaters here.
We looked at all neighborhoods in Kansas City with sufficient available inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com and compared the average price from September 2018 to September 2019 to find the neighborhoods with the highest percentage increase in one-bedroom apartment prices.
The current rent information included in this article is based on September 2019 multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.