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Sedalia combines all the elements of a thriving regional marketplace of 65,000+ people with the benefits of living in a small city. Conveniently located within an hour of Kansas City, Columbia and Lake of the Ozarks, life in Sedalia offers the amenities of a metropolitan community without all the traffic, noise and congestion.

With a cost of living that is 20 percent lower than the national average, Sedalia and the nearby cities of Cole Camp and Warsaw offer a way of life that is hard to find anywhere else. The nearby Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake areas offer opportunities for easy weekend getaways for fishing, boating, golf and shopping and even second homes. Sedalia’s parks provide residents with numerous ways to enjoy recreation, including swimming pools, shelter houses, ballfields and a regional soccer complex. A lively arts scene brings culture to our historic city.

Sedalia has a public high school supported by a junior high school, middle school and five neighborhood, elementary schools. Sedalia also offers multiple private school opportunities from kindergarten through high school. A comprehensive community college provides classes for students pursuing higher education, as well as technical training for those who desire a career in nursing, technology or a variety of other fields.

With a strong health care organization, a great location, low cost of living, superior recreational opportunities and a first rate educational system, Sedalia offers a lifestyle that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Traveling to and from Sedalia is made easy with the Kansas City International Airport and Columbia Regional Airport. Additionally, St. Louis is 190 miles east of Sedalia and Whiteman Air Force Base is located 10 miles west, in Knob Noster, Missouri. Keep an eye on the sky and you will catch the B-2 Stealth Bomber flying overhead.

Amtrak is another great way to travel to and from Sedalia. Relax and enjoy great views of the Missouri countryside traveling from St. Louis and Kansas City with stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee’s Summit, Independence and Kansas City.

The Place for Work/Life Balance

Sedalia is a place you can call home with the perfect balance for a career, raising a family and enjoying life. We have a thriving and diverse community for both large and small businesses with an emphasis on manufacturing and industrial-related organizations. From events to shopping and dining to outdoor activities there is something for everyone in Sedalia.

Employment Opportunities

Sedalia is host to many employment industries including sales, manufacturing, health care, education, finance, government, law and public safety, and agriculture for accompanying spouses.

Dining Out

Whether you want fine dining, to sit down with your family, a quick meal to go or something sweet, Sedalia has a little bit of everything to satisfy your cravings. From locally-owned to well-known restaurants, there are plenty of choices from which to choose.

Places of Worship

An impressive 60 churches across 20 denominations call Sedalia home, many of which are historic.


Arts, Festivals and Events
Discover the Liberty Center Association for the Arts, State Fair Community College Fine & Performing Arts programs, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at SFCC, the Sedalia Symphony and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, which is a premier cultural arts event celebrating Sedalia’s musical heritage.

Galaxy 10
Local movie theatre showing current movies with standard and 3D screenings and stadium seats.

Heckart Community Center
The Heckart Community Center is utilized by everyone from the senior population to youth, teens and families of all ages. The center includes an indoor swimming pool, fitness equipment, full-size gym and indoor running track. A wide variety of recreational activities, lessons, sports and special events are available for all area citizens.

Historic Downtown Sedalia
The newly revitalized Sedalia downtown is meant to honor its historic past and look toward the future. New, locally-owned businesses and a burgeoning restaurant and entertainment scene continue to grow. The historic downtown is also the venue for most community gatherings, including the annual Christmas parade, Thanksgiving lighting and fireworks ceremony, St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl, and more.

Leisure Park
A place full of fun for the entire family with a variety of activities from miniature golf, go-karts and arcade games.

Missouri State Fair
Held every year in August for 11 days, more than 330,000 attendees enjoy daily concerts, exhibits, competitions for animals, homemade crafts, shows and multiple fair food and drink stands.

Multiple shopping opportunities around the city include Thompson Hills Shopping Center, State Fair Shopping Center, East Broadway Shopping Center, historic downtown Sedalia, and more.

Wheel Thing Skate Center
A roller skating rink that’s both entertainment and great exercise for everyone. Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome.


Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
With a grand view from the top of a bluff, Bothwell Lodge is one of the best early 20th-century representations in the Midwest. Most of the furnishings are original in the 31-room and 12,000-square-foot lodge. There is a three-mile hike and mountain bike trail as well.

Katy Trail
In total length, the Katy Trail is 237 miles stretching across most of Missouri; a majority of it follows Lewis and Clark’s path up the Missouri River intersecting with rural farmland and scenic small towns. A great place to start is at the full-service Katy Depot Trailhead.

Sedalia Parks
Sedalia is home to seven parks including Centennial Park, Liberty Park, Clover Dell Park, Katy Park, Housel Park, Hubbard Park and Vermont Park. Our parks feature wonderful amenities including pools, shelters and playgrounds.

Truman Reservoir
Also known as Truman Lake and just a short drive from Sedalia between Clinton and Warsaw on the Osage River, this recreational area has a national reputation for crappie and bass fishing with many locations for boat launches, campgrounds, swimming beaches, docks, marinas and playgrounds.