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World Series Housing Report: Kansas City vs. San Francisco

October 23, 2014 | By

With the World Series underway, fans of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are likely to argue whose team — and city — is better than the other’s.

While the World Series will determine which team is the World Champion, each city is certainly unique in their own right. San Francisco is a hip, urban hub of the left coast, built by a gold rush and propelled into the future by a thriving tech industry. Kansas City is a Midwestern city with a reputation for livability, world-famous barbecue, and a rich heritage of jazz and blues music. Here’s a look at some stats that show how each city compares when it comes to both baseball and real estate.


Scouting Report – Jobs

San Francisco has enjoyed steady economic growth as of late, with a 2.7 percent increase in jobs in three months ending in June 2014 from the same time period last year. This is hardly surprising, as the Bay Area has become the focal point for all things tech, and job growth in this sector looks to continue unabated. and Twitter are looking to add 3,000 and 1,800 jobs, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Tourism has also played a big role in the area’s strong economic health: tourist spending grew by $9.1 billion from 2009 to 2010, a 65 percent increase.


San Francisco skyline (jondoeforty1)

The largest employers in the San Francisco area are the University of California, San Francisco, United Airlines, and Wells Fargo & Company, according to HUD.

Meanwhile, in Kansas City: There were 2,500 more jobs in the three months ending in June from the same time period last year, an increase of 0.2 percent, with the education and health services industries driving most of this growth.The Cerner Corporation, which specializes in healthcare IT, is expected to add 2,250 new jobs once it finishes the first of three phases of its Three Trails campus in 2016. By 2024 the campus expects to have hired a total of 15,000 employees.


Kansas City skyline (Brian Hillegas)

The largest employers in the Kansas City area are HCA Midwest Health System, Cerner and Sprint Nextel Corporation.


Postseason Batting Average (After Game 1 of The World Series)

Kansas City – .247 (tie)

San Francisco – .247 (tie)


Change in Existing Single-Family Home Prices (Second Quarter 2014 vs. Year Before)

Kansas City – ↑2.9 percent

San Francisco – ↑10.1 percent


Average Listing Price (as of October 8, 2014)

Kansas City – $186,349

San Francisco – $1.52 million


Average Sales Price for Existing Homes 

Kansas City – $165,100

San Francisco – $975,200


Average Sales Price for New Homes

Kansas City – $338,200

San Francisco – $914,000


Average Asking Rents (in the third quarter of 2013)

Kansas City – $750/month

San Francisco – $2,650/month


Team Payrolls

Kansas City – $90.9 million (23rd out of 30 teams in the MLB)

San Francisco – $147.7 million (6th out of 30)


Highest Paid Players

Kansas City – Jamie Shields, starting pitcher ($13.5 million)

San Francisco – Tim Lincecum, starting pitcher ($17 million)


Scouting Report — Where the Aces Lived

Both Shields and Lincecum have recently listed their homes for sale. Shields put his four-bedroom home in Clearwater, FL on the market for $1.1 million in 2013 shortly after being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Kansas City Royals.

Lincecum placed his gigantic home in Paradise Valley, AZ on the market in May. The property comes complete with an indoor basketball court, a theater room, and sweeping views of the Arizona desert. Get the full video tour here.

Shields’ home also has an indoor theater, but no indoor basketball court alas.


Scouting report – Former Star Homes

Kansas City Royals legend George Brett lives in nearby Mission Hills, KS, one of America’s most affluent neighborhoods. Baseball’s all-time home run king, San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, recently sold his palatial estate in Beverly Hills for $22 million.


Average Hourly Wage (as of May 2013)

Kansas City Metropolitan Area – $22.12 per hour

San Francisco (which includes San Mateo and Redwood City) – $32.41 per hour

The United States – $22.33 per hour


Gross Domestic Product in 2013

Kansas City – $117.3 billion

San Francisco – $378.1 billion


Metro Area Population Size (as of September 1, 2013)

Kansas City – 2.1 million

San Francisco – 4.5 million


Unemployment Rates (during the 3 months ending in July 2014)

Kansas City – 6.1 percent

San Francisco – 5.3 percent


Number of Home Runs in the Postseason 

Kansas City – 9

San Francisco – 6


Scouting Report — The Long Ball

Third baseman Mike Moustakas has hit four home runs this postseason. Moustakas’ nickname is “Moose.” He is a graduate of Chatsworth High School in San Fernando, Los Angeles. In 2007, he batted .577 and hit 24 home runs to help his team win the Los Angeles City Section Championship that season. He was named the 2007 High School Player of the Year by Baseball America (previous winners include Atlanta Braves slugger Justin Upton and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer). The median home sale price in Chatsworth is $458,750, according to

The San Francisco Giants have six players who have each hit a home run in the postseason: Hunter Pence, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Michael Morse, and Travis Ishikawa.


Scouting Report — Take Me Out to the Ballparks 

Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (Tyler Thompson)

One Royal Way, Kansas City, Missouri

Built 1973, Construction cost $70 Million

Renovated in 2007-2009 for $250 Million

Capacity: 37,903

Left Field – 330 feet (101m)

Left-Center – 387 feet (118 m)

Center Field – 410 feet (125 m)

Right-Center – 387 feet (118 m)

Right Field – 330 feet (101 m)

Backstop – 60 feet (18 m)

The Royals’ stadium is 41 years old, making it the sixth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. It’s the only home they’ve ever known.

Kauffman Stadium is one of ten stadiums in Major League Baseball not named for a corporate sponsor, and the only stadium in the American League to be named for a person.

The most distinguished piece of real estate inside Kauffman Stadium may be seat 9 in Row C of Section 127 behind home plate. The only red seat among the stadium’s blue seats, it’s named in honor of John “Buck” O’Neil, the legendary player for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League.


AT&T Park

AT&T Park in San Francisco

AT&T Park in San Francisco (Eric Gelinas)

24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, California

Built 1997-2000

Construction cost: $357 million

Capacity: 41,915

Left foul line – 339 feet (103 m)

Left field – 364 feet (111 m)

Left-center field – 404 feet (123 m)

Center field – 399 feet (122 m)

Right-center field – 421 feet (128 m)

Right field – 365 feet (111 m)

Right foul line – 309 feet (94 m)

Backstop – 48 feet (14.6 m)

AT&T Park is situated on waterfront property in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Boaters and kayakers haunt McCovey Cove during games hoping to snag a “splash ball.” At the end of the regular season, 68 home runs have been hit out of right field and into the water.

The Giants have a 66-year lease on the 12.5-acre ballpark site, paying $1.2 million in rent annually to the San Francisco Port Commission.

In April 2010, the stadium became the first MLB ballpark to receive LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance.




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