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
17th (down from 15th) 19th (down from 18th)
Level Growth
12th (no change) 20th (down from 18th)
Level Growth
14th (down from 12th) 24th (down from 11th)

 

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

Traded Sector Employment:
Total Employment
of Major Exporting Industries
Level Growth
13th (up from 14th) 22nd (no change)
 
Traded Sector GDP:
Total GDP
of Major Exporting Industries
Level Growth
12th (no change) 24th (up from 25th)
 
Traded Productivity:
Average Value Per Job of
Major Exporting Sectors
Level Growth
12th (no change) 29th (no change)
Innovative Industries:
High-tech Industry Employment
Level Growth
10th (no change) 12th (down from 8th)
 
Firm Innovation:
Kauffman Growth
Entrepreneurship Index
Level Growth
18th (no change) 19th (down from 11th)
 
Product and Service Innovation: Number of Patents
Level Growth
15th (down from 13th) 23rd (up from 31st)
Productivity:
Real GDP per Job
Level Growth
18th (no change) 20th (down from 10th)
 
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
12th (down from 10th) 6th (up
from 12th)
 
STEM Attainment:
Percent of Bachelor's Degrees
Earned in STEM fields
Level Growth
26th (up from 28th) 8th (up
from 19th)
 
Inclusive Prosperity:
Ratio of Black to White
Median Earnings
Level Growth
8th (up
from 18th)
12th (up from 7th)

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

Clusters – Life Sciences:
Total Life Science Employment
Level Growth
8th (up
from 9th)
6th (down from 3rd)
 
Clusters – Engineering and Architecture:
Total Engineering and Architecture Employment
Level Growth
7th (no change) 20th (down from 8th)
 
Competitiveness:
International Exports as a
Percent of GDP
Level Growth
18th (up from 21st) 2nd (up
from 11th)
 
Competencies:
STEM Occupation Location Quotients
Level Growth
11th (up from 12th) 6th (up
from 7th)
Capital – Early Stage:
Series "A" and Angel Investment
Level Growth
23rd (down from 21st) 19th (down from 18th)
 
Capital – Total:
Total Equity Capital Investment
Level Growth
24th (up from 28th) 30th (down from 23rd)
 
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.

Alignment:
Young Adult (25-39) Percent of Bachelor’s Degrees in STEM Fields
Level Growth
15th (up from 18th) 10th (up from 17th)
 
Access:
Ratio of Black + Hispanic to White Educational Attainment
Level Growth
21st
(no change)
13th (up from 30th)
 
Attraction and Retention:
Percent of the Population (25+)
that is Foreign Born
with a Bachelor’s Degree
Level Growth
26th (down from 24th) 18th (down from 14th)
 
Attraction and Retention:
Net Migration of Adults with a
Bachelor's Degree
Level Growth
30th (down from 14th) 28th (down from 15th)
 
Attraction and Retention:
Net Migration of Young Adults
(25-34)
Level Growth
30th (down from 14th) 28th (down from 15th)
 

TRADE

IDEAS

PEOPLE

CLUSTERS CAPITAL ALIGNMENT


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