Kansas State Facts and History

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Kansas Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Laura Kelly (Democratic Party)
  • Capital: Topeka
  • Population: 2.913 million (2019 est.)
  • Residents: Alaskan
  • Land Area: 81,758.7 sq km
  • Water Area: 519.64 sq km
  • Total Area: 82,278.36 SQ KM
  • Width: 410 mi (660 km)
  • Length: 213 mi (343 km)
  • State Motto: “Ad astra per aspera”
  • Nickname: The sunflower state
  • Electoral votes: 6
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives:
  • State Song: “Home on the Range”
  • Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
  • Official Website of Kansas: kansas.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: KS
  • Origin of name: “People of the South Wind.” The Kansa simply referred to themselves as “the people” like many other American Indian tribes. The name Kansas first appeared in print a long time ago.

State Symbol of Kansas

State AmphibianBarred tiger salamander
State AnimalAmerican bison
State BirdWestern meadowlark
State FlowerSunflower
State GrassLittle bluestem
State InsectWestern honey bee
State MottoAd astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
State NicknameSunflower State; Jayhawk State
State ReptileOrnate box turtle
State TreeCottonwood

Sports Teams

  • MLS: Sporting Kansas City

College & Universities

AIB InternationalIndependence Community College
Allen County Community CollegeJohnson County Community College
American Academy of Hair DesignKansas City Kansas Community College
B Street Design School of International Hair Styling-ManhattanKansas City Kansas Community College – Technical Education Center
B Street Design School of International Hair Styling-Overland ParkKansas State University
B Street Design School of International Hair Styling-TopekaKansas Wesleyan University
B Street Design School of Internationl Hair Styling-WichitaLaBaron Hairdressing Academy
Baker UniversityLabette Community College
Baker University School of NursingManhattan Area Technical College
Baker University School of Professional and Graduate StudiesManhattan Christian College
Barclay CollegeMcPherson College
Barton County Community CollegeMidAmerica Nazarene University
Benedictine CollegeNational American University-Overland Park
Bethel College-North NewtonNeosho County Community College
BMSI InstituteNewman University
Brown Mackie College-Kansas CityNorth Central Kansas Technical College
Brown Mackie College-SalinaNortheast Kansas Technical College
Bryan College-TopekaNorthwest Kansas Technical College
Butler Community CollegeOld Town Barber College
Central Baptist Theological SeminaryOttawa University-Kansas City
Central Christian College of KansasOttawa University-Ottawa
Cleveland Chiropractic College of Overland ParkPaul Mitchell the School-Wichita
Cloud County Community CollegePittsburg State University
Coffeyville Community CollegePratt Community College
Colby Community CollegeSalina Area Technical College
Cowley County Community CollegeSeward County Community College and Area Technical School
Cutting Edge Hairstyling AcademySidneys Hair Dressing College
Dodge City Community CollegeSouthwest Kansas Technical School
Donnelly CollegeTabor College
Emporia State UniversityUniversity of Kansas
Flint Hills Technical CollegeUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Fort Hays State UniversityUniversity of Phoenix-Wichita Campus
Fort Scott Community CollegeUniversity of Saint Mary
Friends UniversityVatterott College-Wichita
Garden City Community CollegeWashburn Institute of Technology
Haskell Indian Nations UniversityWashburn University
Hays Academy of Hair DesignWichita Area Technical College
Hesston CollegeWichita State University
Highland Community CollegeWright Career College
Hutchinson Community CollegeXenon International Academy-Kansas City
Xenon International Academy-Wichita

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Kansas Speedway
  2. Sedgwick County Zoo
  3. Schlitterbahn Kansas City
  4. Exploration Place
  5. Cosmosphere
  6. Museum of World Treasures
  7. Big Brutus
  8. Old Cowtown Museum
  9. Overland Park Arboretum
  10. Rolling Hills Zoo
  11. Wichita Art Museum
  12. The Keeper of the Plains
  13. Sunset Zoo
  14. Eisenhower Presidential Museum
  15. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
  16. Kansas Aviation Museum
  17. Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Famous Natives and Residents

NameProfession
Clarence D. Batchelorpolitical cartoonist
Gwendolyn Brookspoet
Walter P. Chryslerauto manufacturer
Clark M. Cliffordsecretary of defense
John Steuart Currypainter
Charles Curtisvice president
Robert Dolesenator
Aaron Douglaspainter
Amelia Earhartaviator
Dwight D. Eisenhowergeneral and president
Milton S. Eisenhowereducator
Gary Hartpolitician
William Ingeplaywright;
Walter Johnsonbaseball pitcher;
Osa L. Johnsondocumentary film producer;
Buster Keatoncomedian;
Emmett Kellyclown;
Stan Kentonjazz musician;
James Lehrerbroadcast journalist;
Edgar Lee Masterspoet;
Hattie McDanielactress;
Karl Menningerpsychiatrist;
Gordon Parksfilm director;
ZaSu Pittsactress;
Samuel Rameyopera singer;
Charles Robinsonstatesman and first governor;
Charles (Buddy)Rogers actor;
Damon Runyonjournalist;
Gale Sayersfootball player;
Eugene W. Smithphotojournalist;
Milburn Stoneactor;
John Cameron Swayzenews commentator;
William Allen Whitejournalist;
Charles E. Whittaker jurist;jurist;
Jess Willardboxer.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Kirstie Alley
  2. Dennis Hopper
  3. Kari Wahlgren

Map of Kansas

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