Like I've mentioned previously, ultimately I'm in KC because this was the recommendation of the algorithm Teach For America uses to determine placements. That much is out of my hands. But how KC was rated in my top 5 placement preferences was a conscious decision. This is that story, 4chan style for simplicity.
>Looking for jobs while finishing up my Master's
>Denver hasn't provided any good hits
>My other top 2 choices Austin and Raleigh haven't provided any good hits
>Need to decide where else I'd look for jobs
>Read U.S. News Best Places to Live 2015 article on web
>See how they ranked them based off stats
>Decide to make my own personalized rankings
>Copy down the stats for 25 cities I wouldn't be opposed to
>Stats like median income, high tech job %, and job growth go into the Job category
>Because I want to find somewhere with good jobs
>Stats like cost of living and median home price go into the Cost category
>Because I want to find somewhere that isn't too expensive
>Stats like % that graduated high school, college, and graduate programs go into the Education category
>Because I don't want to be surrounded by too many idiots
>Rank each category from most desirable to least and award more points to higher rankings
>Remove any cities that have too many unreasonably hot or cold days
>Remove any cities that are not on this list of best places to find love
>Rank cities now based on a (40% Job) + (40% Cost) + (20% Education) weighted point average
>Kansas City comes in 3rd behind Raleigh and Austin and above other cities I was intrigued by like Dallas, Charlotte, Nashville, etc.
>Go "huh, KC?" and just throw it in my top 5 placement preferences
>End up in KC
Most people think of KC as a "flyover city" that you would literally fly over and not even think about. And in some ways, it is: it's the closest city to the geographical center of the continental U.S. (aka it's in the middle of the map) and there's nothing distinguishable about its landscape. But I've grown to love KC and I'm happy to live here as it has an up and coming vibe, has a great sense of community, and because the people are amazing.
The city data without my personalizations can be found here if you're interested