Kansas Facts

Kansas Facts

Kansas is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe which inhabited the area. See the fact file below for more information about Kansas.


Became a State
January 29,1861 (34th)

midwestern United States

82,277 sq. miles (15th)

2,853,116 (33rd)

Major Cities
Topeka, Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City

cattle, sheep, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, hogs, corn, sale

three climate types: humid continental, semi-arid steppe, and humid sub-tropical

Yearly Precipitation
averages 28 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals play in Kansas City, Missouri

Major Waterways
Kansas River, Missouri River, Verdignis River, Smoky Hill River

Most Famous Citizens
Walter Chrysler (automobile manufacturer)
Dwight E. Eisenhower (34th President of the United States)
George Washington Carver (Educator)
Amelia Earhart (aviator)
Emmett Kelly (clown)

State Symbols
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Sunflower
Animal – American Buffalo
Tree – Cottonwood
Insect – Honeybee

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