Kansas City, Kansas, home to 145,826 individuals, is often confused with its Missouri counterpart. But KCK, as its often referred to, lies on the west side of the Missouri River, and attracts a more suburban crowd than the downtown side in Missouri called KCMO. Nonetheless, being in close proximity to a greater metropolitan city is beneficial, especially for commuters looking for a quieter lifestyle outside of the city It's only 3-and-a-half miles via I-70 east to commute downtown, should Kansas residents decide to work in KCMO while living across state lines. Even though KCMO is more of an urban metropolis, KCK has a NASCAR track, open spaces for single-family developments and abundant shopping, too. Both are part of the same metro area, so even though they vary, locals often consider the two interchangeable parts of one sprawling region.