Kansas Facts



Kansas Location In The US Kansas State Map

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation KS
State Capital Topeka
State Size Total (Land + Water): 82,277 sq miles; Land Only: 81,815 sq miles
Number of Counties 105
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Highest PointMount Sunflower, 4,041 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)2,911,641
State Population Density35.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 316, 620, 785, 913
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Wichita (382,368)
Overland Park (173,372)
Kansas City (145,786)
Topeka (127,473)
Olathe (125,872)

Government & Legislature

Statehood January 29, 1861
Electoral Votes6
State Flag Kansas State Flag
GovernorOfficial Kansas Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Kansas
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Kansas
State SenatorsList of Kansas State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Kansas State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionKansas State Constitution
Road ConditionsKansas Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 29, 2005

State Symbols

State AmphibianBarred tiger salamander
State AnimalAmerican bison
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Flower Sunflower
State GrassLittle bluestem
State InsectWestern honey bee
State Motto Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
State Nickname Sunflower State; Jayhawk State
State ReptileOrnate box turtle
State Tree Cottonwood

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of Kansas (Big 12)
Kansas State University (Big 12)
Wichita State University (Missouri Valley)

Taxes

State Gas Tax$0.2403 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$1.29 / Pack

Famous People Born In Kansas

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Earl W. Sutherland, Jr. (Physiology or Medicine, 1971)
  • Vernon L. Smith (Economic Sciences, 2002)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Jack Christiansen (Safety, Kick Returner. Inducted in 1970)
  • Gale Sayers (Halfback. Inducted in 1977)
  • John Riggins (Running Back. Inducted in 1992)
  • Barry Sanders (Running Back. Inducted in 2004)
  • Will Shields (Guard. Inducted in 2015)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Walter Johnson (Pitcher. Inducted in 1936)
  • Joe Tinker (Shortstop. Inducted in 1946)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Paul Endacott (Forward. Inducted in 1972)
  • Bud Foster (Forward. Inducted in 1964)
  • Ernest Schmidt (Forward. Inducted in 1974)
  • Lynette Woodard (Guard. Inducted in 2004)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Silas Griffis (Defense. Inducted in 1950)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Kirstie Alley
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Kari Wahlgren

Famous Singers

  • Martina McBride
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • James Wesley

Kansas Fun Facts

  • The state of Kansas was named after Kansa, an Indian tribe that lived in the region about 12,000 years ago. The Kansa people were called Kansas and that became the name of the state.
  • The geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States is located about 2.6 miles northwest of the center of Lebanon, Kansas.
  • Because of its importance in the aircraft industry, Wichita is known as “the Air Capital of the World.”
  • In 1958, the first Pizza Hut restaurant was opened in Wichita, Kansas.
  • The tallest waterslide in the world is at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. The 168-foot-tall slide is called 'the Verrückt' (German word meaning “insane”). It is taller than Niagara Falls.
  • The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter, who was elected to office in Argonia, Kansas in 1887.
  • Kansas State Game rules prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.
  • DeBruce Grain Elevator in Haysville, Kansas is the largest grain elevator in the world. It is 2,717 feet long.
  • Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City. Supposedly he fed a small mouse in the building, which he later said was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse.

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