Living in Liberty

Our People

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. Liberty was ranked by Family Circle Magazine as one of the 10 Best Towns for Families and Best Places to live by CNNMoney Magazine. The median age of the community is 36. Families make up 7,928 of Liberty’s 11,564 households and the median annual household income is estimated at $65,210.


Housing

The Liberty area offers a wide assortment of housing choices. Per the recent housing study, Liberty’s new housing market seems to be highly focused in middle price ranges, with gaps at both the affordable and high-end of the price spectrum. Entry-level new houses in Liberty are rarely priced below $160,000, while $500,000 appears to be the ceiling for much existing construction.

New housing developments are platted west of Liberty off Highways 152 & 291, south Liberty around the Community Center and plans are underway for multiple housing choices south of Liberty along the South Liberty Parkway. Beautiful, historic homes are located throughout Liberty. Additionally, per the housing study, the older stock of homes provides an excellent opportunity within that medium price range.


Doing Business

Three major grocery stores serve the Liberty community, as well as 17 banks and a credit union. Two newspapers inform residents: the KC Star is available daily, while the CourierTribune is delivered weekly – serving residents for over 160 years.

In addition to a thriving retail community, the city boasts three industrial parks. The Liberty Industrial Park is anchored by RockTenn 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, Continental Disc Corporation, Professional Metals, Action Mailing and Shaped Steel.  Liberty’s Science & Technology Park is adjacent to Heartland Meadows at I-35 & 69 Highway.  The Park provides a shovel-ready location for life sciences and high-tech companies.


Transportation

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.


Health Care

Liberty Hospital, a public, non-profit hospital created for the benefit of the community in 1974, is nationally recognized for its dedication to patient safety.  The hospital, governed by a six-member, publicly elected Board of Trustees, is growing and thriving in this ever-changing industry.  It’s focus on patient care and quality remains a top priority.

Liberty Hospital operates multiple primary care and specialty clinics throughout its service area.  The hospital currently has 226 licensed beds and more than 350 physicians covering 40-plus medical specialties.

An area leader in cutting-edge technology and services, Liberty Hospital features orthopedic surgery with the MAKO robot, as well as 10 years of da Vinci robotic surgery.  Liberty Hospital also provides excellent cardiac care and open-heart surgery.  Liberty Hospital also is known for its Birthing Center, a spa-like resort that features 24 private rooms and a Level II nursery.

Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine offers an opportunity for athletes to get back in the game. The new 12,000-square-foot facility features two gyms and a 40-yard outdoor track. Sports Medicine physicians, physical and occupational therapists and an athletic trainer are on staff to guide you back to peak performance and decrease your risk of another injury.

For more than 135 years, Saint Luke’s has been at the heart of Kansas City health care, earning a reputation for innovation, quality, and compassion. As the area’s only locally-owned, not-for-profit, and faith-based health care organization, we take pride in our unique commitment to care for the communities we serve.

Their priority is to provide you with convenient, high-quality health care, so it’s important to us that we’re nearby when you need us the most. That’s why they’ve expanded into the neighborhoods where you live and work. No matter where you are, expert care is just a short drive or phone call away.

You can find Saint Luke’s Convenient Care, Saint Luke’s Primary Care, on-site labs, imaging services, a pharmacy, and several specialty services under one roof at their multispecialty clinics.

The Clay County Public Health Center 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.


Education

Liberty Public Schools serves the residents of approximately 85 square miles in Clay County.  Located just northeast of Kansas City, the school district serves more than 11,800 students in preschool through 12th grade.  The district has seen rapid growth over the past 12 years; so much, in fact, that it has become the 2nd fastest growing school district in the state.

Liberty School District has eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, an alternative secondary school, and an early childhood center.  LPS was recognized as a high performing school district for all 12 years the State of Missouri presented the Distinction in Performance Award, making it one of only 6% of Missouri districts to be placed in this category.

Liberty is home to a high-quality parochial school, St. James, which is attended by students from Liberty and the greater metropolitan area.

The Northland Catholic Schools are comprised of six grade schools and one high school.  They focus on the total personal, intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical, and social development of each child.

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.

MidAmerica Nazarene University has 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.  Northwest Missouri State University offers Graduate Studies at their location on the Maple Woods campus.