Hi! My DH lived in Baltimore while he was doing his undergrad. We lived in DC for 5 yrs and are pretty familiar with the area. We loved DC and Baltimore. But now we're in KCMO (been here just over a year) and we really like it here as well. SunshineJ was right about the lack of public transportation and everything being sooooo spread out.
Homeschooling: There's definitely a homeschooling population and resources here. I WOH and my DD is only 6 months, so I don't know much about it. But I do know a bunch of people who homeschool, including my MW and doula.
Health food stores: There's a few. Whole foods in Overland Park and Westport. Nature's Pantry in Independence. There are also a lot of CSAs, farmer's markets and things like that. I'm just getting hooked into the health food/locally grown market and I find new things every week.
Parks: Lots and lots of parks. Pretty much all over the city. Big ones, small ones. Well maintained for the most part. Here's a link to the city's parks and rec department: http://www.kcmo.org/parks.nsf/web/home?opendocument
Farmer's Markets: Lots of these as well. There's a big one at the River Market (downtown), one at Brookside, one in Independence, lots of smaller ones all over the city. I just found out about one a couple miles from my house!
LLL: Several groups on both the Missouri and the Kansas side. All fairly active. I attend the Plaza/Brookside group. A very nice bunch of women. Very helpful and friendly.
AP groups: www.kcapfamilies.org
A really great bunch of people. Many of them homeschool. Very supportive and social.
Museums: A bunch of museums. Unfortunately I haven't acutally been to any of them yet. But I've heard they're great.
There are a lot of cultural events/places in Kansas City. There are performance venues of all sizes, from the Sprint Center, which is huge, to small, intimate venues that have local and regional bands. Starlight theater has a great summer broadway theater series as well as concerts. The zoo. All sorts of things at UMKC and JCCC. There's the ballet, the symphony, an opera company (or two?). Lots and lots of things to do and most of it is really reasonably priced.
Kansas City is pretty diverse with a lot of different kinds of neighborhoods. If you want to post again (or PM me) with what you're looking for in a neighborhood I'll try and point you in the right direction. I'm not going to make suggestions since DH and I
our neighborhood, but we hear "Oh my stars, you live there?!?" all the time. Yeah, we actually like living in a poor, "ethnic" neighborhood. So obviously what we think is a good neighborhood and what other people think is a good neighborhood aren't the same. But like I said, let me know what you're looking for and I'll give you some suggestions.
I hope your DH's interview goes well. It sounds like this could be a good opportunity for him.