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KS History & Facts

Last Updated: May 23rd, 2010 - 21:01:09


Quick Facts About Kansas
By ClassBrain Staff
May 25, 2006, 14:40 PST

Kansas Fun Facts
Kansas flag Capital:
Date of Statehood:
January 29, 1861
Western Meadowlark

Source: US Census Bureau

Quick Facts

Birth Date: January 29, 1861, as the 34th state
Capitol City: Topeka
Population: 2,688,418 (2000 - US census report that comes out every 10 years)
Largest Cities: Wichita, Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka
Smallest Cities: Freeport, Oak Hill, Benedict, Frederick
Major Industries: Aircraft Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Education
Geographic Size: 82,282 square miles--ranked 15th in geographic size
Geographic Center of Continental US: Near Lebanon in Smith County
Highest Point: Mount Sunflower in western Kansas--4,039 feet
Lowest Point: The Verdigris River in southeast Kansas--680 feet
Time Zones: Mostly central time zone. Some counties in the far west portion of the State are in the mountain time zone.
Nickname: Sunflower State (unofficial nicknames: Wheat State, JayHawker State)
State motto: “Ad Astra Per Aspera” Latin for “To the stars through difficulty”.
State Tree: Cottonwood, adopted 1937
State Flower: Native Sunflower, adopted 1903
State Bird: Western Meadowlark, adopted 1937
State Animal: The American Buffalo or Bison, adopted 1955
State Insect: The Honeybee, adopted 1976
State Reptile: The Ornate Box Turtle, adopted 1986
State Amphibian: Barred Tiger Salamander
State March: “The Kansas March,” by Duff E. Middleton, adopted 1935
State Song: “Home on the Range,” by Dr. Brewster Higley, adopted 1947

Source: Office of the Governor, Kansas
Information courtesy of Kathleen Sebelius, Governor

Merriam Webster Atlas
This atlas page shows the Kansas state map and some quick facts. There is also a good explanation of the symbolism of the state flag.
Source: The New York Times and Merriam Webster

Explore the States
Read a quick description of the State of Kansas and then explore Toto and Twisters Kansas style.
Source: America’s Story from America’s Library - Library of Congress

Kansas Facts and History
Get fast facts from the state insect to the time zones in Kansas at this website.
Source: Information Network of Kansas

United States Census
Use the pull-down menu on the right hand side of the U.S. Census page to select your state. Get State and County statistics and demographics instantly!
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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