That's according to a new report from the FBI, citing preliminary data. Property crime declined, too, by 4.9 percent. (Car thefts had a huge drop, 17.2 percent.) The Midwest region had declines of 4.6 percent in violent crime, 5.6 percent property crime.
The report also breaks out the numbers for the biggest cities in each state, including Missouri and Kansas. Springfield and Kansas City saw violent crime go up, but only slightly. St. Louis and Independence experienced declines.
On the Kansas side, Topeka, Wichita and Overland Park all saw increases in violent crime, though OP's was very, very small. KCK and Olathe have their 2009 numbers in, but for their 2008 data wasn't available.
One note for people who check the numbers: The FBI shows Kansas City with 100 homicides, which does not include the 10 homicides that were ruled justifiable.