Kansas City’s Most Popular Housing Types, Ranked

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In a recent Washington Post article, Emily Badger and Christopher Ingraham compared data from several different cities concerning the make-up of their housing stock. One of the cities they looked at was Kansas City, where by far the majority are single detached houses, whereas more densely urban places such as New York have mostly apartment buildings of 20 or more units. Based on the data they provided, here is a ranking of Kansas City’s housing types, from least common to the most.

8. The least common type of home is an RV or mobile home. This makes sense as mobile homes are illegal within the city limits, which has been a major hindrance to people of the tiny house movementPhoto courtesy of mhvillage.com


7. Duplexes are surprisingly uncommon, despite a good number of nice historic examples throughout the midtown and Brookside areas. This one is on Paseo Boulevard. Photo courtesy of amazonaws.com


5. 3-4 units
5. Apartment buildings of 3-4 units are less common than their larger counterparts, but you can still find quite a few when you’re paying attention. Photo courtesy of hotpads.com


4. 10-19 units
4. Apartment buildings of 10-19 units are in the middle of the ranking. There are some nice historic ones with large porches shared by the tenants that go for very reasonable prices and are often popular with students. Photo courtesy of macapartments.com.


4. Colonnades
3. Colonnades, usually 3 or 4 stories with 6 or 8 units, respectively, are a unique historic type in Kansas City from the 1910s. They are characterized by their large stacked front porches which often have colossal multi-story columns supporting them. They are the darling of Kansas City history and architecture buffs. There are also on the National Historic RegisterPhoto courtesy of medium.com


2. 20+ units
2. The second most common type of housing in Kansas City is apartment buildings of 20 or more units, which make up a little over 10% of the housing stock. This example is one of the buildings by Nelle Peters, the only female architect in the city in the 1920s, in what is called the Poet’s District on the West side of the Country Club Plaza. Photo courtesy of umsystem.edu.


1. Houses
1. Single family houses are by far the most common making up more than 60% of the housing stock, as you might expect in a Midwestern city. This example is called a Kansas City Shirtwaist, which was a popular local variation of the Foursquare around 1900. The first floor of Shirtwaist houses are stone or brick while the upper stories are stucco or wood. They are usually 2.5 stories, 2 windows wide in the front with some projections on the sides for stair landings and bay windows, and most importantly they feature front porches the full width of the house. Photo courtesy of sarahsnodgrass.com.