According to a Huffington Post article, Kansas City is the coolest city in all of the United States.

The website calls Kansas City the most exciting "it" city in America, based in part on the food, hospitable people and music choices in the city.

Other cities that made the list include Richmond, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Diego, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I grew up not far from Kansas City and have always kind of claimed it as my "home town," even though I've never actually lived there. Trust me, when you tell people you are from a small town in Kansas they've never heard of, and they look at you funny, you tell them "it's near Kansas City," all of the sudden they get it. From then on you are from Kansas City... as far as they are concerned.

I can personally vouch for KC being a great town. The sports... The Royals were just in the World Series, the Chiefs... I doubt there is a more passionate group of sports fans in the world than Chiefs fans, and if you like soccer then Sporting Kansas City is among the premiere teams in the MLS. Kansas Speedway is there for NASCAR fans and there's plenty of good college action as well. The museums are great, the music scene is great, the new Power & Light District downtown is great for entertainment and having a place to get a cold beverage. Westport Plaza is a great area for shopping and dinning and places like the Uptown Theatre are hard to beat for live concerts in a unique setting.

The "City of Fountains" is a great place to raise a family, but offers more than enough "cool" stuff for getting out too. It's nice to see my adopted "home town" be recognized for something all of us from the area already knew.