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State Facts

Full Name

State of Kansas

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

January 29, 1861 (34th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

2,688,418 (32nd)

Land Area (Rank)

81,815 square miles; 211,900 square kilometers (13th)

Capital

Topeka

Postal Abbreviation

KS

State Nicknames

  • Sunflower State,
  • Jayhawk State

Motto

Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)

Song

“Home on the Range” (music and words by Dr. Brewster Higley)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Sunflower
  • Tree: Cottonwood
  • Bird: Western meadowlark
  • Animal: American buffalo

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Cattle,
    • wheat,
    • sorghum,
    • soybeans,
    • hogs,
    • corn
  • Industry:
    • Transportation equipment,
    • food processing,
    • printing and publishing,
    • chemical products,
    • machinery,
    • apparel,
    • petroleum,
    • mining