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)

 

 

 

Geography

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
LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL
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

Economy

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

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

Education