Measuring Progress

The KC Rising metrics evaluate the performance of the Kansas City region compared to 30 peer metros. Our goal is for the Kansas City region to become a top-10 metro among its peers in three overarching metrics, which we call the three "Big Dot" goals, by 2025: metropolitan gross domestic product (GDP), quality jobs, and median household income.

KC Rising has established initiatives with activities designed to implement strategies that can improve the functioning of each of the systems driving regional prosperity – Trade, Ideas and People. As performance improves, this should propel the region toward its goal of becoming a top-10 metro with respect to the Big Dots.   

The KC Rising metrics follow a parallel structure. They help us measure whether our initiatives are successfully implementing the adopted strategies, transforming the driving systems, and ultimately moving the Big Dots. Each step of the way, we use two types of measurements: level, which shows how the KC region ranks compared to its peer metros for that particular indicator, and growth, which compares KC's growth rate to that of its peers. The first measure tells us whether the region is in the top 10 (or if not, how close we are) while the second measure shows whether it is growing fast enough to become (or remain) a top-10 metro.

In the table below, arrows indicate whether the region is gaining or losing ground relative to its peers, while the colors indicate whether the region is in the top 10 (green), not in the top 10 (red), or close to this goal (yellow). By design, the 30 peer metros include 15 larger and 15 smaller by population. "Close” is defined as performing better than KC's population rank (16th) but not yet in the top 10.

BIG DOTS


Gross Domestic Product

Number of Quality Jobs

Median Household Income

Level Growth
15th (no change) 26th (down from 22nd)
Level Growth
12th (no change) 19th (down from 18th)
Level Growth
12th (up from 13th) 9th (up from 19th)

 

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

Traded Employment:
Total Employment of
Major Exporting Sectors
Level Growth
14th (no change) 22nd (down from 20th)
 
Traded Value:
Total  Value Produced by
Major Exporting Sectors
Level Growth
13th (down from 12th) 20th (down from 17th)
 
Traded Productivity:
Average Value Per Job of
Major Exporting Sectors
Level Growth
12th (down from 6th) 17th (up from 19th)
Innovative Industries:
High-tech Industry Employment
Level Growth
10th (no change) 8th (down from 5th)
 
Firm Innovation:
Kauffman Growth
Entrepreneurship Index
Level Growth
18th (no change) 19th (down from 11th)
 
Product and Service Innovation: Number of Patents
Level Growth
13th (down from 12th) 31st (down from 15th)
Productivity:
Real GDP per Job
Level Growth
16th (down from 14th) 26th (down from 18th)
 
Talent Availability:
STEM Occupation
Ease of Hiring Index
Level Growth
12th (no historical data) not available
 
Educational Attainment:
Percent with an
Associate Degree or Higher
Level Growth
10th (up from 11th) 12th (up from 17th)
 
STEM Attainment:
Percent of Bachelor's Degrees
Earned in STEM fields
Level Growth
28th (up from 30th) 19th (up from 24th)
 
Inclusive Prosperity:
Ratio of Black to White
Median Earnings
Level Growth
18th (up from 22nd) 7th (up from 13th)

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

Clusters – Life Sciences:
Total Life Science Employment
Level Growth
9th (no change) 3rd (up from
7th)
 
Clusters – Engineering and Architecture:
Total Engineering and Architecture Employment
Level Growth
7th (down from 6th) 8th (down from 3rd)
 
Competitiveness:
International Exports as a
Percent of GDP
Level Growth
21st (no change) 11th (up
from 21st)
 
Competencies:
STEM Occupation Location Quotients
Level Growth
9th (no change) 8th (down from 7th)
Capital – Early Stage:
Series "A" and Angel Investment
Level Growth
21st (no change) 18th (down from 14th)
 
Capital – Total:
Total Equity Capital Investment
Level Growth
28th (down from 25th) 23rd (up from 25th)
 
Culture:
Number of Investors in
KC Companies by Location
*
Series "A" Investments and Above
Local Out of Area
37 107

* No metro rank or growth rate data available.

Attraction and Retention:
Net Migration of Adults with a
Bachelor's Degree
Level Growth
16th (up from 17th) 12th (up from 18th)
 
Alignment:
Percent of Young Adults with a
STEM Degree
Level Growth
18th (up from 19th) 17th (down from 16th)
 
Access:
Ratio of Black + Hispanic to White Educational Attainment
Level Growth
21st (down from 19th) 30th (down from 27th)

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

CLUSTERS CAPITAL ALIGNMENT


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