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State of Kansas
Flag of Kansas State seal of Kansas
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Sunflower State (official);
The Wheat State
Motto(s): Ad astra per aspera
Map of the United States with Kansas highlighted
Official language English[1]
Demonym Kansan
Capital Topeka
Largest city Wichita
Largest metro Kansas portion of Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area
Area Ranked 15th
 • Total 82,277 sq mi
(213,096 km2)
 • Width 417 miles (645 km)
 • Length 211 miles (340 km)
 • % water 0.56
 • Latitude 37° N to 40° N
 • Longitude 94° 35′ W to 102° 3′ W
Population Ranked 33rd
 • Total 2,853,116 (2010 Census)[2]
 • Density 34.9/sq mi  (12.7/km2)
Ranked 40th
 • Median household income $50,177 (25th)
 • Highest point Mount Sunflower[3]
4,039 ft (1,232 m)
 • Mean 2,000 ft  (600 m)
 • Lowest point Verdigris River[3]
679 ft (207 m)
Before statehood Kansas Territory
Admission to Union January 29, 1861 (34th)
Governor Sam Brownback (R)
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer (R)
Legislature Kansas Legislature
 • Upper house Senate
 • Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R)
Jerry Moran (R)
U.S. House delegation Tim Huelskamp (R)
Lynn Jenkins (R)
Kevin Yoder (R)
Mike Pompeo (R) (list)
Time zones  
 • most of state Central: UTC-6/-5
 • 4 western counties Mountain: UTC-7/-6
ISO 3166 US-KS
Abbreviations KS
Website www.kansas.gov

Kansas is a Midwestern state[4] in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American "Heartland". It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa tribe, who inhabited the area.[5] Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans".

Kansas was first settled by White Americans in the 1830s, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue. When officially opened to settlement by the U.S. government in 1854, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine if Kansas would become a free state or a slave state. Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists eventually prevailed and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. After the Civil War, the population of Kansas exploded when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into productive farmland. Today, Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states, producing many crops, and leading the nation in wheat and sunflower production most years.


  1. "Governor's Signature Makes English the Official Language of Kansas". Us-english.org. 2007-05-11. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  2. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved November 6, 2006. 
  4. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/us_regdiv.pdf
  5. John Koontz, p.c.
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