Grandview, Missouri, is located in Jackson County, about 20 minutes south of Kansas City along U.S. Route 71. The city is home to 25,290 people (9,534 households) and occupies 15 square miles. President Harry Truman grew up here, working on his grandfather’s farm. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which covers 14 counties with a total population of more than two million.
Grandview started as Anderson District, a farming community named for John Anderson, proprietor of the first general store. As legend goes, Anderson and friends looked across the landscape and agreed it was a “grand view.” Their observation became the official name of their town in 1012. One of Anderson’s farmer friends, Solomon Young, was the father of Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the U.S.
Grandview averages 43 inches of annual rainfall, 15 percent wetter than the national average. The average high in July, the warmest month, is 89 degrees. The average low in January is 19. With high relative humidity during the summer months, Grandview’s comfort index is 33. The average for U.S. cities is 44 (100 is ideal).
Workers in Grandview enjoy a relatively short average commute of 22 minutes. Automobile is the predominant transportation mode, served by a system of interstate highways. These include I-49 (north-south through the city’s center) which joins I-435 and I-470 just to the north of town. These three highways carry more than 400,000 vehicles per day. Public transportation is limited, however, there are three Amtrak stations within 30 miles of the city. The closest airport to Grandview is the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Depending on traffic, you can reach Kansas City’s first airport within 30 minutes.
Cost of Living in Grandview
The biggest expense in Grandview is housing. The median gross rent for an apartment (2010-2014) is $722. For homeowners with a mortgage, the median monthly expense is $1,161. You can estimate your own cost of living in Grandview using the links below.
The Grandview C-4 School District serves approximately 4,000 students in elementary schools, a K-8 school, a middle school, a high school, an early childhood center and a school for alternative instruction. Hickman Mills School District also provides public schooling in the Grandview area. Private schools include the Grandview Christian School; Catholic schools in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese are nearby.
Ample medical resources serve Grandview and its greater community. In addition to five local clinics, the city is close to hospitals: Belton Research Hospital (10 minutes), Truman Medical Center East (20 minutes), and St. Joseph Health Center (15 minutes).
Grandview Real Estate
As of April 2010, there were a little over 11,000 housing units in Grandview. The median value is $105,200 for owner-occupied homes (2010-2014). The city prides itself on planned residential development, such as Sunrise Farms and Creekwood neighborhoods.
An overnight stay in Grandview will likely find you at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. It’s highly rated by travelers and advertises a rate under $100. With proximity to Kansas City, Grandview offers virtually unlimited lodging choices within a 30-minute drive.
Restaurants in Grandview
Grandview’s local dining choices include American, Mexican, Asian, and Italian. You’ll also find many popular fast food franchises. For fresh farm-to-table, organics and simple artisan foods, visit the Songbird Cafe. If you’ve a hankering for Italian, check out the calzones and wood-fired pies at Providence Pizza Company.
Things to Do in Grandview
As part of the Kansas City metro area, Grandview is an easy drive to a rich variety of sporting events, concerts, plays, movies, restaurants, shops, and other attractions.
Locally, you’ll find over 200 acres of public parkland for outdoor recreation, including the Tails & Trails dog part. A new 800-seat amphitheater (May 2016) features free events and concerts. The historic Harry Truman Farm, where the 33rd U.S. President lived as a boy, is open to the public and admission is free. In May, the annual Truman Heritage Festival brings three days of celebration with carnival rides, music, and food.