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General Facts

For Kansas

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Median Household Income: $ 38,243
Income (w/Children): $ 54,786
Population: 2,629,067
Land Area: 81,823 Square Miles
Population Density: 32 Persons per Square Mile
Nickname: Sunflower State
Capital:  Topeka
Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
State Bird: Western Meadow
State Flower: Native Sunflower
State Tree: Cottonwood

 

Kansas is located in the western part of the central United States. Kansas is usually designated as a Midwestern state. However, it is commonly referred to as a plains state, and sections are often considered part of the Southwest or West. Such variations in terminology reflect the fact that Kansas does not belong wholly to one region and is an area of diversified relief, climate, economy, and patterns of settlement. The landscape of the east, with its hills, woodlands, grain-and-livestock farms, and comparatively large cities, contrasts sharply with the dry treeless plains and vast wheat farms of the sparsely populated west. In addition, the High Plains of the west include areas of canyon country and sand dunes reminiscent of New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest, while the rolling grasslands of the Flint and Smoky hills, in central Kansas, resemble the rangelands of the West. Kansas entered the Union on January 29, 1861, as the 34th state. Topeka is the capital of Kansas. Wichita is the largest city.

Kansas, which has been called the Wheat State and the Breadbasket of the Nation, leads all other states in production of wheat. However, wheat dominates neither the landscape nor the economy of Kansas. The sale of livestock, especially beef cattle, provides a larger percentage of annual farm income than the sale of wheat. Moreover, service industries and manufacturing are far more valuable to the state’s economy than agriculture, with transportation and mining a distant fourth and fifth.

The state is named for the Kansas River, which, in turn, was named for the Kansa people, who once inhabited northeastern Kansas. The word Kansas means "people of the south wind." The nickname preferred by most Kansans is the Sunflower State. The helianthus, or native wild sunflower, grows profusely throughout Kansas and is the official state flower. Kansas is also referred to as the Jayhawk or Jayhawker state. The origin and meaning of the term "Jayhawker" are disputed. In Kansas it was used at the beginning of the American Civil War (1861-1865) to refer to the bands of guerrillas and irregular troops that were active along the Kansas-Missouri border. The name was taken up by some regular troops in Kansas. Eventually it became a nickname for all Kansans.

Until Alaska and Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959, the geographical center of the United States was located near Lebanon in Kansas. Although the center subsequently shifted to North Dakota, Kansas is still recognized as the site of the geographical center of the coterminous United States, that is, of all the states except Alaska and Hawaii. The geodetic center (which takes into account the curvature of the earth’s surface) of the United States is located at Meades Ranch Triangulation Station in Osborne County in north central Kansas. The station serves as the basic reference point for all government mapping undertaken in the United States (except in Hawaii), Canada, and Mexico. Selected in 1901, it has also served as the geodetic center of North America since 1913.

Kansas ranks 15th among the states in size. It has a total area of 82,282 square miles, including 1,189 square miles of inland water. The state is rectangular in shape, except for a small section in the northeast where it is bounded by the Missouri River. It measures 411 miles from east to west and 208 miles from north to south.

The surface of Kansas can, in a very broad sense, be described as a plain. However, it is neither entirely flat nor entirely level, and minor variations in relief are conspicuous. The state’s surface elevation increases gradually from east to west, rising from a minimum elevation of 679 feet above sea level in the Verdigris River valley to 4,039 feet at Mount Sunflower, the highest point in the state. The approximate mean elevation is 610 m (2000 ft). Hills, ridges, and wooded river valleys abound in eastern and central Kansas. Farther west they give way to the flatter, generally treeless High Plains, which are frequently but inaccurately thought of as characteristic of the entire state.

The climate of Kansas is warm to hot during summer and cool to cold in winter. Although there is a large difference between summer and winter temperatures, during each season of the year temperatures do not vary greatly from place to place. In winter the prevailing winds are from the north. In summer they are from the south or southwest.

Average January temperatures range from about 34° in the southeastern part of the state to between 26° and 28° in northern Kansas. The average January temperature at Topeka is about 28°. Throughout the state, daytime lows below 0° sometimes occur in winter, and lows of -30°, although infrequent, have been recorded.

Average July temperatures range from below 76° in northwestern Kansas to above 80° in sections of central and southern Kansas. The average July temperature at Topeka is about 78°. Throughout the state, daytime highs are often in the lower 90°s, and extreme summer temperatures in the upper 100°s have been recorded in most areas.

Precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) diminishes from east to west, ranging from between 34 and 40 inches in the east to between 16 and 20 inches in the west. The eastern third of Kansas, the wettest part of the state, usually receives more than 30 inches of precipitation. However, precipitation is extremely variable from year to year and, to a lesser extent, from place to place. In each decade, cycles of comparatively wet years alternate with cycles of dry years. In dry years drought conditions vary in severity and extent, but they are more common in the western part of the state than elsewhere. During the most severe droughts the combination of hot rainless days and high winds create dust-bowl conditions in western Kansas and in other parts of the Great Plains.