State Abbreviation KS
State Capital Topeka
State Size Total (Land + Water): 82,277 sq miles; Land Only: 81,815 sq miles
Number of Counties 105
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Highest Point Mount Sunflower, 4,041 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 2,911,641
State Population Density 35.6 people / square mile
Area Codes 316, 620, 785, 913
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Wichita (382,368)
Overland Park (173,372)
Kansas City (145,786)
State Amphibian Barred tiger salamander
State Animal American bison
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Flower Sunflower
State Grass Little bluestem
State Insect Western honey bee
State Motto Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
State Nickname Sunflower State; Jayhawk State
State Reptile Ornate box turtle
State Tree Cottonwood
•The state of Kansas was named after Kansa, an Indian tribe that lived in the region about 12,000 years ago. The Kansa people were called Kansas and that became the name of the state.
•The geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States is located about 2.6 miles northwest of the center of Lebanon, Kansas.
•Because of its importance in the aircraft industry, Wichita is known as “the Air Capital of the World.”
•In 1958, the first Pizza Hut restaurant was opened in Wichita, Kansas.
•The tallest waterslide in the world is at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. The 168-foot-tall slide is called 'the Verrückt' (German word meaning “insane”). It is taller than Niagara Falls.
•The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter, who was elected to office in Argonia, Kansas in 1887.
•Kansas State Game rules prohibits the use of mules to hunt ducks.
•DeBruce Grain Elevator in Haysville, Kansas is the largest grain elevator in the world. It is 2,717 feet long.
•Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City. Supposedly he fed a small mouse in the building, which he later said was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse.
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