Kansas City, MO

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Kansas City, MO

How Happy Are Kansas City's Homeowners?

Known for great jazz and barbecue, Kansas City is home to the Royals, the Chiefs and the Country Club Plaza. And it’s also home to the nation’s tenth happiest homeowners. Homeowners in Kansas City enjoy a reasonable cost of living and easy access to highways. Interestingly, they also enjoy a whole lot of air conditioning: Not only do more than 90 percent of the city’s homeowners report having central air, but they also put it at the top of the list of the home features that bring them the most joy. Other features bringing Kansas City homeowners joy are natural light, hardwood flooring and up-to-date kitchens. So, what could make Kansas Citians even happier? Professional landscaping and updated bathrooms for starters. And quartz countertops and a fresh coat of exterior paint would top things off nicely.

Kansas City's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Planted a garden/landscaping
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room

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Happiest Home Features

Kansas City's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Lots of natural light
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Improved insulation
  • New windows

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Space for animals
  • Fence

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • A fire pit

It's not just projects and features that make Kansas City's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Easy access to highways
  • Highly-rated school district
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Lots of green space

Overall Home
Happiness

85%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

61%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Kansas City home:

  • Homeowners have:3.4 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.5 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:11 years

  • Average square footage:2,200

  • Age of home:37 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):167,500Powered by Redfin

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