By population and area, Kansas City is the most populous and biggest city in Missouri. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a population of 508,090 in 2020 and was the 36th most populated city in the United States as of the 2020 estimate census. This Midwest twin city, spanning the boundary between Kansas and Missouri, is located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, stretching along the high banks known as the Bluffs of both rivers. It is often referred to as the "Barbeque Capital" because of its world-famous steaks and barbecue.
The city is also famous for its fountains. The earliest fountains in Kansas City were built in the late 1800s to serve a strictly useful purpose: thirsty dogs, horses, and birds drank water as they passed through the city. Soon after, the city started to construct drinking fountains. Since then, Kansas City has had a love affair with fountains. The Historic Jazz District, once filled with the sounds of jazz legends like Charlie "Bird" Parker and Big Joe Turner, is a great place to learn about the city's jazz heritage. The Westport Neighborhood is another historic neighborhood with much to do, including antique shops and river cruises.