Facts About Kansas

Want to know more about Kansas? If you are curious about Kansas, our state symbols, or the geography, you've come to the right place! Here is our list of answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Kansas!

Kansas Facts

When did Kansas become a State?

Kansas became the 34th state on January 29, 1861.

What is the Capital City of Kansas?


Visit Topeka

What is the biggest city in Kansas?


Visit Wichita

What is the population of Kansas? 

2,937,880 as of the 2020 Census

Census Bureau

How big is Kansas? What is the total land area of Kansas?

Length: 210 miles
Width: 410 miles

Kansas is the 13th largest state in land area with 81,758 sq. miles and the 15th largest in terms of total area with 82,278 sq. miles.

Where is the highest point in Kansas?

Mt. Sunflower, which is located near the Colorado border, is the highest point in Kansas with an elevation of 4,041 ft.

Is Kansas a Midwestern State?

The Census Bureau considers Kansas as part of the Midwest Region of the US. But Kansas has many characteristics of other regions being in the "middle of it all." 

Census Bureau - Regions

Kansas State Symbols

What is the official State Animal of Kansas?

American Bison

What is the State Amphibian of Kansas?

Barred Tiger Salamander

What is the state reptile of Kansas?

Ornate Box Turtle

What is the state insect of Kansas?

European honey bee

What is the official State Bird of Kansas?

Western Meadowlark

What is the official State Flower of Kansas?


What is the state tree of Kansas?


What is the state song of Kansas?

"Home on the Range"

What is the state motto of Kansas?

Ad astra per aspera, "To the stars through difficulties"