Kansas (KS)

Quick Facts

Capital City:    Topeka

Abbreviation:  KS

Population (2019):  2,913,314; Rank: 35 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   Midwest 

Admission to Statehood: January 29, 1861 (34th State)

State Motto: “To the Stars Through Difficulties”

State Nickname: Sunflower State

Origin of State Name:  From the Sioux Indian for “south wind people”

Area Codes:  316, 620, 785, 913

Zip Codes:   Kansas Zip Codes


State Symbols

Bird:  Western Meadowlark | List of State Birds

Flag:  Kansas Flag – On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the words “Kansas”. In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto “To the Stars Through Difficulties”. On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagon train heading west and Native Americans hunting bison. Flag adopted 1927. Get this Flag

Flower:  Sunflower

Soil:  Harney

Song:  Home on the Range” | Words by: Brewster Higley | Music by: Daniel Kelley
Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree:   Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) | Other State Trees

Quarter:  Kansas State Quarter  shows an American bison (state mammal), sunflowers (state flower)





kansas on a US map

Area:  Area: 82,282 sq.mi (213,110 sq.km.), 15th
Land: 81,823 sq.mi. (211,921 sq.km.), 13th
Water: 459 sq.mi. (1,189 sq.km.), 43rd

Largest Cities:  Wichita | Overland Park | Kansas City | Olathe | Lawrence | Shawnee | Manhattan | Lenexa | Salina

Border States:   Colorado | Missouri | Nebraska | Oklahoma | List of US Regions

Highest Point:  Mt. Sunflower ; 4,039 feet, (1,231 m), 28th tallest

Lowest Point:  Kansas; 680 feet, 41st lowest

Geographic Center:  Barton, 15 miles northeast of Great Bend

National Parks:   Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Nicodemus National Historic Site
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Location: Absolute Center: 38°29.9’N / 98°41.9’W
Relative Center: Barton, 15 miles northeast of Great Bend


State Government

Governor:  Laura Kelly (D)

Senators:  Jerry Moran (R)  Roger Marshall (R)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:  Kansas’ Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  6 Votes


Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs, corn.

Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum, mining.