About the Community


The greatest benefit of Raytown’s geographic location is its access to the entire greater Kansas City area. Serving as a crossroads to surrounding communities, the City of Raytown is 10.4 square miles located southeast of downtown Kansas City. Both the Chamber and the Raytown Quality Schools serve a larger area of 32 square miles. Raytown has outstanding access to interstates 435, 470 and 70. The 350 Highway link, in the ever-growing community of eastern Jackson County, makes Raytown an important economic development corridor

The Raytown area blends the best of urban and suburban life. Local, national and international businesses such as KCP&L, USA 800, Inc., and Ken-A-Vision Manufacturing Co., Inc. are located here. Our central location, low tax base, and strong workforce provide the necessary tools for success. Opportunities abound here, and a pattern of redevelopment and growth is apparent.

Raytown has a higher than average number of churches, with over 60 churches serving the area. This brings into focus the family-oriented personality of Raytown. These churches not only serve the community in faith, but their leaders have also helped the city government, Chamber, and many civic groups lay a foundation of values and traditions that have defined Raytown.

Raytown’s stable and well-established community is located only minutes from downtown Kansas City, the Country Club Plaza, Nelson Art Gallery, Union Station,  Lyric Theatre, Crown Center, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre,  Kansas Speedway, and the Music Hall-Bartle Hall. Sports fans can cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs, Missouri Mavericks, Kansas City Royals, Missouri Comets and Sporting Kansas City. Raytowners are within minutes of the Truman Sports Complex, the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Municipal and the Sprint Center. These downtown facilities are home to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Roos basketball, and many concerts.


jacksonco-rock-islandThe Rock Island Rail Corridor is a 17.7 mile out- of-service freight railroad corridor in Jackson County, Missouri. The   corridor runs generally south and east from the Truman Stadium Complex, through Raytown, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and ending near Greenwood. On May 2nd, 2016 Jackson County and the KCATA     acquired the Rock Island Corridor from the Union Pacific Railroad Company with the intention of building a bicycle and pedestrian path, and eventually, transit. Over the course of the next two years, Jackson County will manage the development of the bicycle and pedestrian path which will connect the KATY Trail to the Kansas City region, and unlock a world-class statewide off-street trail system.  Jackson County is very excited to bring our residents an amenity that we believe will be a great asset to our community.  You can find more information at jacksongov.org.

Think Raytown First logoThink Raytown First is a campaign started by the Raytown Chamber to encourage doing business locally and a way to keep the community informed.

What do you think when you hear the phrase, “Think Raytown First”? Do you think of where you live, where you work or where you come to play? No matter what your answer is, we want you to “Think Raytown First”!

If each person bought an extra item, paid for an additional service or even bought an item they normally buy outside the city limits of Raytown – think what that would do to city services, to taxes and even more importantly to that local business.

ThinkRaytownFirst.com includes a Community Event Calendar which is a community-wide calendar intended to promote all events that are open to residents of Raytown. The calendar is divided into categories including Adult Classes/Seminars, Kids, Events, Social/Clubs and Government. The website will also help promote the organizations, by linking the event to their website for more information.

Also included on the website is a community survey. We want to know what you know about Raytown. The survey will help to provide direction when it comes to marketing an event or planning one in the future. By leaving contact information, we will be able to send you information about what is happening in Raytown at some point in the future.