With a population of over 2 million people, the Kansas City metropolitan
area ranks among the largest in the nation. Its prominence rests
not with its size, however, but with its beauty and entertainment
scene. An emphasis on parks, memorials, and art gives this city
aesthetic appeal. Kansas City is most famous, though, for its music
scene. The city openly flaunted Prohibition during the 1920s,
supporting a thriving jazz and nightclub scene. Famous jazz
musicians gathered for the first "jam sessions" here, playing late into
the night after gigs. The city's barbeque is also legendary.
Professional sports teams include MLB's Kansas City Royals, the NFL's
Chiefs, and Major League Soccer's Wizards. The University of
Missouri has a campus in the city serving over 13,000 students.