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To work at University Health is to be part of the very fabric of Kansas City, Missouri, a metropolitan area of 2.3 million people, which combines big-city excitement with small-town livability and charm.

In 2017, Kansas City was named by the Huffington Post as "THE place to be." In 2015, Travel + Leisure magazine identified Kansas City as being in the top three overall in its America's Favorite Cities survey and the No. 1 city for affordability.

Known nationally for blues, jazz and barbecue, Kansas City is also a haven for visual artists, fashion designers and theater companies. And what a town for sports fans! Even if you don’t like football, it's hard not to fall in love with the 2020 Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, led by MVP Patrick Mahomes. We're also home to the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals baseball team and the Sporting Kansas City soccer club, all of which compete in new and modernized stadiums. Parents find they have a number of attractive public and private school options for their children. Traffic moves efficiently on the metropolitan area's extensive network of highways.

When it comes to great food and drink, Kansas City has much to offer besides its legendary barbecue. Delicious ethnic cuisine. Fine dining. Comfort food. Local distilleries. Every aspect of the culinary and spirits scene possesses a uniquely Kansas City twist that makes it something special. Kansas City's hospitality culture embodies the city's diverse influences, from international flavor and homestyle cooking to unrivaled craft beer breweries.

The University Health Truman Medical Center is in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, which has been enhanced in recent years by the additions of an 18,000-seat arena, an entertainment district, a streetcar and a $326 million performing arts center. We are also adjacent to the vibrant Crossroads Arts District, Crown Center, and Kansas City's internationally famous Jazz District, and within easy reach of other top destinations, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Country Club Plaza, a shopping district celebrated for its architecture and pedestrian-oriented design.

University Health Lakewood Medical Center is in the rolling hills of eastern Jackson County, Missouri, near the suburb of Lee's Summit, and a mere 20 minutes from the center of Kansas City and nestled between two major highways. Residents enjoy convenient access to all the big-city amenities, attractions and cultural venues. Eastern Jackson County is known as a family-friendly community that's becoming one of the most prestigious and envied locations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

"Get to the Green Lady Lounge for some jazz, eat awesome BBQ at Q39, and don't forget to check out the historic City Market," Huffington Post Associate Lifestyle Editor Carly Ledbetter wrote. "The food is amazing, nearly everything is affordable, and the people are nice."

The list doesn't specify whether it is Kansas City, Missouri, or Kansas City, Kansas, as the top city, but all the attractions listed were on the Missouri side. The other cities ranked were Richmond, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego, California; and, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The methodology was "much map-scouring and a sprinkle of savvy."

The amazing thing about Kansas City is that even though it's trendy and industrial, if you need to take a breather from city life, there are rolling hills less than 30 minutes away on every side. You can live the city life if that's your thing, or you can live out where the river bends, in any small town in the surrounding areas. Or you can live just outside the city to where there’s an equal distance between the heart of downtown and those country roads you long for. If you seek peaceful quiet country life but also civilization and lively bustle, Kansas City is the perfect place.