Community Attributes

Community Attributes

St. Joseph possesses a number of assets that can assure the success of the community. St. Joseph is a unique community famous for its historical link to the Pony Express and Jesse James, and for its many fine museums. These long-time assets, the opening of the St. Joseph Frontier Casino riverboat and related river front development, and the establishment of the St. Joseph Convention and Visitor's Bureau increase the importance of tourism as one of the city's major new growth industries.

St. Joseph is rich in urban resources including:

  • Exquisite historic architecture
  • Continuous 26-mile parkway system with picturesque landscapes
  • Vast wooded areas
  • Hike and bike trails
  • Family oriented parks


St. Joseph's educational opportunities are many including a four-year state university, a two-year private community college, and a privately operated post-secondary vocational/technical school. The city also has a well-regarded public school system and many fine private and parochial elementary, middle, and high schools.

Economic Benefits

St. Joseph is large enough to sustain its economic base and support its diverse entertainment. St. Joseph's close proximity to the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas City International Airport (35 miles), its relatively low cost of living, and its low crime rate make the city an attractive location for families and businesses.