Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 82,277 sq miles; Land Only: 81,815 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone|
||Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma|
|Highest Point||Mount Sunflower, 4,041 feet|
|State Population (2015)||2,911,641|
|State Population Density||35.6 people / square mile|
||316, 620, 785, 913|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Overland Park (173,372)
Kansas City (145,786)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Barred tiger salamander|
|State Animal||American bison|
|State Grass||Little bluestem|
|State Insect||Western honey bee|
||Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)|
||Sunflower State; Jayhawk State
|State Reptile||Ornate box turtle|
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
- 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.
This page was last updated on September 25, 2016.