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Kansas

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Location of Kansas State


Capital: Topeka

Population: 2,885,905 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence

Borders: Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $138,953 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including wheat, soybeans, corn, cattle, sheep, and hogs
Mining and production oil, meat packing, chemical products, and transportation equipment

How Kansas got its name: The name Kansas comes from a local Native American tribe called the Kansa (also Kaw). The name means people of the south wind.

Atlas of Kansas State
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Kansas State Symbols

State Nickname: Sunflower State

State Slogan: Kansas, as big as you think, (formerly) Simply Wonderful

State Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)

State flower: Sunflower

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State fish: none

State tree: Cottonwood

State mammal: American buffalo

State foods: Wheat

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Tuesday, January 29, 1861

Number admitted: 34

Prior Name: Kansas Territory

Postal Abbreviation: KS

Kansas State Map


The Geography of Kansas

Total Size: 81,815 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Verdigris River at 679 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Montgomery (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Sunflower at 4,039 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Wallace (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Barton County approx. 15 miles northeast of Great Bend (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 105 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Arkansas River, Kansas (Kaw) River, Smoky Hill River, Republican River, Milford Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake, Waconda Lake, Perry Lake

Famous People

Fun Facts

Professional Sports Teams

Note: The Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL (football) and the Kansas City Royals of the MLB (baseball) play in Kansas City, Missouri.



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