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Kansas became the 34th state in 1861 and is the 33rd largest state by population with about 2.8 million residents. It is also the 13th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 82,277 square miles. Wichita is the largest city in Kansas with a population of approximately 366,000 people.

The name Kansas came from the Kansa (Kaw) Indians. Kansa means "south wind people."

Included below are more facts and symbols, information about the current Kansas Governor, a state map, Kansas members of the United States 112th Congress with a congressional district map, the state song and more views of the Kansas State Quarter.

Kansas State Quarter

State Quarter

(United States Mint Image)


Kansas State Capital - Topeka

State Nickname - The Sunflower State

State Motto - "Ad Astra per Aspera" (To the stars through difficulties)

State Flower - Sunflower

State Tree - Cottonwood

State Bird - Western Meadowlark

State Animal - American Bison

State Insect - Honeybee

State Reptile - Ornate Box Turtle

State Amphibian - Barred Tiger Salamander

State Soil - Harney Silt Loam

Official State Web Site - www.kansas.gov


Kansas State Governor:

Mark Parkinson

Office of the Governor
300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590
Voice: 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757)
Local: 785-296-3232
For the Hearing Impaired: 800-766-3777

Kansas State Map:
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Kansas State Map - Click for Larger View


Kansas State Congressional District Map:

Kansas State Congressional District Map


Kansas Members of the United States Congress (112th Congress)


United States Senate (Kansas Members):

  Jerry Moran - (R-KS) Pat Roberts - (R-KS)  

United States House of Representatives (Kansas Members by District):


Tim Huelskamp - 1st

Lynn Jenkins - 2nd

Kevin Yoder - 3rd

Mike Pompeo - 4th


Kansas State Song:

Home On the Range
The words were written by Dr. Brewster Higley.
The music was composed by Dan Kelly.

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not clouded all day.

A home, a home where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the sky is not clouded all day.

Oh, give me the gale of the Solomon vale,
Where life streams with buoyancy flow,
On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever
Any poisonous herbage doth grow.

Oh, give me the land where the bright diamond sand
Throws its light from the glittering stream
Where glideth along the graceful white swan,
Like a maid in a heavenly dream.

I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours;
I love too the wild curley's scream,
The bluffs and white rocks and antelope flocks
That graze on the hillsides so green.

How often at night, when the heavens are bright
With the light of the glittering stars,
Have I stood here amazed and asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds this of ours.

The air is so pure, the breezes so free,
The zephyrs so balmy and light,
I would not exchange my home here to range
Forever in azure so bright.

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