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: Motto of Kansas is “To the Stars Through Difficulties”

State Nickname: Sunflower State

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

Sports Teams: Find the best High School, College, League, and Professional sports teams of Kansas State

Bordering States: The State of Kansas has 4 neighbors namely, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma | List of US Regions

Area Codes:  316, 620, 785, 913

Zip Codes:   Kansas Zip Codes

Famous People:   Find out all the information about the famous people born in Kansas

State Symbols

Bird:  Western Meadowlark | List of State Birds

State Animal:  American Bison (bison bison)

Popular Fruit:  Native Plum

State Gemstone:  Jelenite

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

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

Blank Outline Maps: Find printable blank map of the State of Kansas , without names, so you can quiz yourself on important locations, abbreviations, or state capital.

City Guide:  Visit Kansas City Guide for a look at geography, local history, architecture, and culture.

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

Government Offices Directory:  Find all information here at the Kansas government offices directory

Electoral College Votes:  6 Votes

Vital Records: Find out all the information about the vital records for the state of Kansas


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

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