Kansas covers 82,282 square miles and has a population of 2,688,418 people. Kansas’s capital is Topeka, which has a population of 122,377. Other important cities are Kansas City (pop. 146,866), Lawrence (pop. 80,098), Olathe (pop. 92,962), Hutchinson (pop. 40,787), Lenexa (pop. 40,238), Manhattan (pop. 44,831), Overland Park (pop. 149,080), Shawnee (pop. 47,996) and Wichita (pop. 344,284).
Kansas was admitted to the Union on January 28th,1861 as the 34th state. It’s bordered by Nebraska to the north, Missouri to the east, Oklahoma to the south and Colorado to the west. The state flower is the “Sunflower” and it’s nickname is “Sunflower State”. Kansas’s economy is broken into two categories; agriculture and industry. Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs and corn provide for the agricultural side. While transportation equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum and mining provide for the industrial side.