Information and Tourism
Kansas is classed as a US Midwest state. Surrounded by Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado, it also lies at the geographic center of America's 48 contiguous states. The exact spot is in Smith County, south of the town of Lebanon. It is also equidistant between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Two-thirds of Kansas can be classed as belonging to the US Great Central Plain. It is not without good reason that the official state song is 'Home on the Range'. Originally entitled 'Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam', it was quickly adopted by cowboys and settlers all over Kansas during the late 19th century. Of note, Kansas was named after the Konza Indians who lived here before European colonists arrived.
Unlike many other US states, a large number of towns and cities in Kansas aren't actually growing. Over the last few decades, the state has acquired more and more 'ghost towns', the sort of places where community life is dwindling at a steady pace. That said, Kansas City continues to grow in popularity, regularly winning awards for being generally a good place to set up home. In fact, in the year 2010, Money Magazine voted Kansas City the seventh-best US city to live in.
Famous Kansans include former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart. Perhaps less well-known is the Kansan inventor Omar Knedlik, who is said to have invented the ICEE, America's first frozen 'slushy' soda machine, back in the early 1960s.
Kansas Information and Fast Facts
- Country: USA
- Population: approximately 2.9 million
- Capital city: Topeka
- Biggest city: Wichita
- Biggest urban area: Kansas section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area
- Language: American English
- Area: 82,300 square miles / 213,160 square kilometers
WORLD GUIDES TO KANSAS
World Guide to Topeka, KS, USA|
Capital of the state of Kansas, Topeka is a fairly quiet and modest city, with popular zoological gardens, a grand state house (the Kansas State Capitol), and recreational offerings including Gage Park, MacLennan Park and Lake Shawnee.
World Guide to Wichita, KS, USA
Standing at the junction of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, Wichita is one of the most prosperous city's in Kansas. This large city contains many vibrant features, such as the riverfront area, shopping districts and local museums.
Map of Kansas