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Political Maps are designed to show governmental boundaries of countries, states, and counties. This type of map is generally vivid in color to help identify boundaries more easily. When viewing a Physical Map, the locations of major cities as well as many minor cities are found. Also included on Physical Maps are significant bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Kansas

Known as the "Sunflower State," Kansas became the 34th state in 1861. The state's name comes from the Kansa or Kaw Indians and is a Sioux Indian term meaning "south wind people." Within Kansas's borders is the magnetic center mark for all of North America. All land surveys in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico use this as a reference point. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous (connected) states is located in a Kansas pasture. The native sunflower is the state flower and the capital is Topeka.

   Miscellaneous    Kansas

State Flower: Sunflower

State Motto: To the stars through difficulties

State Nickname: Sunflower State; Jayhawk State

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

   Geography    Kansas

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 81,815

Length: 400 miles

Width: 210 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Wichita, 382,368
  2. Overland Park, 173,372
  3. Kansas City, 145,786
  4. Topeka, 127,473
  5. Olathe, 125,872
  6. Lawrence, 87,643
  7. Shawnee, 62,209
  8. Manhattan, 52,281
  9. Lenexa, 48,190
  10. Salina, 47,707

Geographic Center: 15 miles northeast of Great Bend

Geographic Center County: Barton

Highest Point: 4,039 ft. — Mt. Sunflower

Lowest Point: 680 ft. — Verdigris River

Number of counties: 105

State parks: 24 (14,394 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 34.9

   People    Kansas

Population, 2010: 2,853,118
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 6.10%
Population, 2000: 2,688,811
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 7.30%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 25.00%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.00%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.30%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 83.80%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 5.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.00%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 3.00%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 10.50%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 78.20%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 81.50%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 6.00%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 9.90%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 89.00%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 28.80%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 230,715
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 18.7

Housing units, 2009: 1,234,057
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.50%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 17.40%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $118,500

Households, 2005-2009: 1,093,694
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.46
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $25,522
Median household income, 2009: $47,709
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 13.20%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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