Living in Liberty
Liberty, the county seat of Clay County, is a quick drive to Kansas City yet has a small-town flavor all its own. Young families find this dynamic and growing community an ideal place to call home. The median age of the community is 34. The 2000 Census showed that families make up 6,942 of Liberty’s 9,511 households. The median annual household income is estimated at $52,745.
From modern new homes in subdivisions with tennis courts and swimming pools, to historic mansions and bungalows, Liberty offers a wide range of homes to fit anyone’s needs. According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, Liberty ranked second in new housing starts in 1999.
Three major grocery stores serve the Liberty community, as well as 15 banks and a savings and loan. Two newspapers inform residents, the KC Star is available daily, while the Liberty Tribune is delivered weekly – serving residents for over 160 years. In addition to a thriving retail community, the city boasts two large industrial parks. The Liberty Industrial Park is anchored by Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation with space for smaller facilities and businesses. Heartland Meadows is a 260-acre light industrial park located near the 1,750,000-square-foot Hallmark Distribution Center. Tenants include RR Donnelly, O’Dell Publishing, Continental Disc Corporation, Professional Metals, Action Mailing, and Shaped Steel.
Connection to transportation outlets makes Liberty an excellent choice for businesses. Kansas City International Airport is 20 miles west of the city and the nearest rail facility is ten miles away. A major north-south interstate (I-35) runs beside the city, and a major east-west interstate (I-70) is 15 miles away.
If you are looking for a comprehensive medical center with a full range of services, the latest technology, and the compassion to provide you with exceptional care, Liberty Hospital is the health care provider for you. This public, non-profit hospital created for the benefit of the community is governed by a six-member, publicly elected Board of Trustees.
Since opening its doors in 1974, Liberty Hospital has grown consistently with the demands of the surrounding community. Originally a 130-bed facility, the hospital currently has 250-licensed-beds and 1,900 employees making it one of the largest employers in the area. More than 300 physicians covering 40-plus specialties practice medicine at the hospital.
A commitment to the most up-to-date technology is evident. Liberty Hospital was the first hospital in the Kansas City area to purchase a 64-slice CT scanner. It also has MRI and PET technology. Surgeons use a daVinci robot that assists with surgery, allowing for better outcomes for the patient. A stay at Liberty Hospital’s new Birthing Center has been compared to a spa-like resort that features 24 private rooms and a Level II nursery.
The hospital’s state-of-the-art Pain Management Center and Regional Heart and Vascular Center both provide unparalleled treatment options, serving patients from all throughout northwest Missouri. The brand-new Liberty Clinic features 39 exam rooms, as well as a large lab and digital diagnostic area. There are also two treatment rooms for minor procedures. The hospital recently has acquired the Kearney Clinic, allowing for a continuation of consistent coverage to the surrounding communities.
Technology would be nothing without the people who use it. The staff and physicians at Liberty Hospital are second to none. Liberty Hospital, its staff, physicians and clinics are ready to care for you when you need them the most.
For additional information about Liberty Hospital, visit www.libertyhospital.org or call (816) 781-7200.
In addition to Liberty Hospital, the newly constructed Clay County Health Department provides preventative services in the areas of dental health; speech and hearing; environmental health; community health nursing; women, infants and children wellness; health promotions; and vital records. The department offers dental screenings, dental care, hearing screenings, and diagnostic and therapeutic services. Community health nursing provides immunizations, as well as diabetic screenings, tuberculin skin tests, and health counseling. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program assists women and children up to five years old who are medically or nutritionally at-risk.
Liberty also offers six nursing-care facilities to service elderly and disabled patients.
The Liberty School District’s recent growth mirrors that of the city. In 1996, Liberty Senior High School tripled in space and was completely renovated with the latest in technological capabilities. The district also includes a pre-school, and a school for behaviorally disabled students.
Liberty is home to a high-quality parochial school, St. James, that is attended by students from Liberty and the greater metropolitan area.
This area is fortunate to have several opportunities for higher education.
William Jewell College, a nationally recognized undergraduate liberal arts college founded in 1849, is located just blocks from the historic Liberty Square. U.S. News & World Report named Jewell’s programs for first-year students among the top ten among U.S. colleges and universities. The college was honored by TIME magazine in 2001 as its Liberal Arts College of the Year. The college offers students an outstanding liberal arts education with a unique focus on cultivating leadership within an environment that values Christian ideals and spiritual growth. As a part of William Jewell College, the Pryor Center for Leadership Development was created to help businesses and their employees succeed by offering a wide variety of leadership seminars and on-site classes. The center is also home to the Tucker Leadership Lab that features a one-of-a-kind challenge course.
Northwest Missouri State University has opened a campus in Liberty offering masters level programs specializing in teacher certification. This is a great asset to the community and surrounding areas.
MidAmerica Nazarene University recently opened a campus in Liberty. It offers graduate and adult studies on an accelerated schedule.
Just minutes away is Maple Woods Community College, offering day and evening classes as well as many continuing education classes.
The 85-square-mile Liberty School District boasts numerous awards, including
- Lillian Schumacher named Missouri Top Ten School, 2005
- Wal-Mart Missouri Teacher of the Year, 2004
- National Salute District (one of only three) for Technology Program, 2004
- National Champion for Forensics, 2004
- Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Professional Development, 2004
- National School Library Media Program of the Year award-winner, 2003
- Named a High Performing District with Distinction for the last four years
- Perfect score on Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) Review for the last three years
- Girls’ softball state champions, 2004-2005
- Boys’ cross-country state champions, 2004-2005
- National Pacemaker Awards LHS Journalism and Broadcasting, 2004-2005