Clay County Really is in the Heart of Everything

Clay County contains more than 400 square miles, yet 60% of the county remains undeveloped.
Clay County, Mo., contains more than 400 square miles, yet nearly 60% of the area remains undeveloped. Clay County is one of the major counties that comprise the metropolitan area of Kansas City, Mo. It is the third most populous county in the metro region.

Clay County is located in the middle of the U.S., astride a transportation network connected directly to business and population centers of the nation. In one recent year, existing business expansions and new businesses brought more than $4.5 billion in new investment to the Clay County. Major corporations include the Cerner Corporation world headquarters and Ford Motor Company, while the region is one of the most dynamic for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Workforce, technology, value and other local assets continue to attract important relocation and expansion projects to Clay County.

Some Clay County and nearby assets:

Some Clay County amenities are worth a second look:

  • 7,200-acre Smithville Lake is located almost completely within Clay County. With more than 175 miles of shoreline, two full-service marinas, a special sailboating area, golfing, renowned fishing, trapshooting, hunting and swimming. Horseback riding and some of the Midwest’s best biking/hiking trails are here, too.
  • Hodge Park in Kansas City not only includes two golf courses, ball fields and an amphitheater, it also features the unique Shoal Creek Village historic area. The EDC is among the important supporters of the Northland Trails and Greenways initiative, an exciting development that will combine history, recreation and more.
  • Another highlight is the area's established and growing artistic amenities. The Northland is rich in this area with William Jewell's world-famous Fine Arts Program, the Excelsior Springs Community Theatre, the Liberty Corbin Theatre, the Northland Symphony Orchestra and Theatre in the Park.With that investment came more than 2,500 new jobs. Vacancies are not a problem in Clay County: More than 90% of the buildings here are full. Unemployment is among the lowest in the state, and housing permits are up an astounding 30 percent.

    Education is vitally important to the residents of Clay County. The area boasts "AAA" rated public school systems and above average ACT scores. The county is home to William Jewell College and Maple Woods Community College. Visit the this page for more information.

    Clay County is increasingly a regional visitors and tourism destination. Recreational and historical attractions are numerous within the county and include major amusement parks and exciting riverfront developments. Some of these distinct attractions include Smithville Lake, Worlds and Oceans of Fun