56 Interesting Facts About Kansas, Kansas Trivia

Last updated on September 5th, 2020

34. Kansas Sunset

In a number of lists that feature the top sunset locations across the world, the sunset that radiates from the Flint Hills is seemingly always in the top five. It is the best location in the country to watch the sun as it takes its final bow for the day. Each time certain Kansans experience the beauty of a spectacular, it reminds them why they could not leave this beautiful state to live elsewhere.

35. Nicknames

The state has two primary nicknames, “the sunflower state” and “the wheat state.” The former stems from the abundance of the yellow flower painting located across the plains of the state. These flowers have been the ultimate fashion accessory and an essential source of vegetable oil over the years.

Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Such is the gift of life. Facts about Kansas.

36. Wheat Champions

Kansas is the largest producers of wheat in the country. Just about one-fifth of the wheat grown in the U.S. comes from Kansas. It has been stated that enough wheat is produced to feed everyone across the globe for roughly two weeks.

37. Ghost Towns

Approximately 90 percent of rural towns have under 3000 residents and throughout the state, there are several thousand ghost towns. Locals know the importance of filling up with gas before going for a long drive to the west. This is because it might be quite a while before they see a working gas station.

38. There are Essentially Two Kansas Cities

The majority of Kansas City is actually located in Missouri, except for a few suburbs like Overland Park and Olathe. However, to get to the heart of the town, you will need to cross state lines because the Missouri side has breathtaking skylines.

American Bison a.k.a. Buffalo. Interesting facts about Kansas.
American Bison a.k.a. Buffalo walking across the prairie landscape against a dramatic stormy sky in western Montana.

39. Land of the Roaming Buffalos (North American Bison)

Directly from well-known lyrics of the state song, Kansans are not surprised if a few buffalos are seen running its plains. After all, the state animal is the American buffalo, which can weigh over 1800 pounds and grow more than 6 feet tall.

40. The BBQ Art Form

The entire state is obsessed with Kansas City-style barbecue. This style is special because of how it is slow smoked over various woods before being typically topped with a thick molasses tomato and based sauce.

41. Native American Tribes

Numerous Native American tribes once called Kansas home. They settled in the area way before 1541, when Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, the European explorer, arrived. The name of the state came from the Kansas River, which got its name from the Kansa tribe.

42. Airplane Factory

In 1919, the first airplane factory in Kansas was constructed in the city of Wichita. This city would later be ranked among the leading airplane manufacturers in the nation.

43. Women’s Equality

Early Kansans became concerned with equality for women. As early as 1861, women were granted voting rights to participate in school district elections.

44. Monument Rocks

These are a series of huge chalk formations that are rich in fossils and located in Gove County. They are a National Natural Landmark.

The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas. Kansas fact file.
The Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas.

45. Kansas State Capitol

Located in Topeka, the state capitol was constructed in the French Renaissance style. It holds murals by John Steuart Curry, a native of Kansas.

46. Holy Cross Shrine

Located in Pfeifer, the shrine was referred to as the 2 Cent Church. This is because it was constructed using a 2 cent donations from every bushel of wheat sold by church members.

47. First Woman Mayor in the United States

Susan Madora Salter was the first woman mayor. In Argonia in 1887, she was elected to office.

48. Agriculture

Here is another amazing Kansas fact. Kansas is among the most productive states where agriculture is concerned. They produce high yields of soybeans, sorghum, corn and wheat.

Cherry pie with ice cream. Interesting facts about Kansas.
Cherry pie with ice cream.

49. Questionable Laws

In Kansas, serving ice cream on cherry pie was against the law at one period in the history of the state.

50. Was part of Louisiana purchase

Kansas was once sold to the U.S. as a part of Louisiana in 1803.

51. Highest point in the state

Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).

52. Alcohol was prohibited

In 1881 Kansas became the first U.S. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages. However, this law was repealed in 1948.

53. Tornadoes are common

Annually, Kansas is hit by approximately 50 tornadoes. Hence, the nickname “Tornado Alley”.

thermometer. Interesting facts about Kansas

54. Highest and lowest temperature on record

The all-time highest and lowest temperatures were recorded near Alton (121 °F or 49.4 °C) on July 24, 1936, and near Lebanon minus 40 °F (−40 °C) on February 13, 1905. It is noteworthy that these towns are just 50 miles apart. Kansas ties with North Dakota for the fifth-highest temperature ever recorded in an American state.  

55. Other spoken languages

Vietnamese is the most commonly spoken foreign language in Kansas. According to some estimate, nearly 0.6% of the state’s population speaks Vietnamese at home.

56. The name originates from

The state’s name comes from a Siouan-language phrase meaning “people of the south wind.”

Kansas – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationKS
State CapitalTopeka
Largest CityWichita
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 82,277 sq miles; Land Only: 81,815 sq miles
Population
2,913,123
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 29, 1861
State rank by population35th
State rank by date of formation34th
State rank by area15th
Number of Counties105
DemonymKansan
Bordering StatesColorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointMount Sunflower
4,041 ft (1231 m)
Lowest pointVerdigris River at Oklahoma border
679 ft (207 m)
Length213 miles (343 km)
Width410 miles (660 km)
GovernorLaura Kelly (D)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoAd astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
State NicknameSunflower State; Jayhawk State
% Water0.6
Noble prize WinnersEarl W. Sutherland, Jr. (Physiology or Medicine, 1971)
Vernon L. Smith (Economic Sciences, 2002)
Famous peopleWill Shields (Pro Football player)
Joe Tinker (Baseball player)
Lynette Woodard (Basketball player)
Silas Griffis (Hockey player)
Kari Wahlgren
(Actress)
Jerrod Niemann
(Singer)
State AmphibianBarred tiger salamander
State AnimalAmerican Buffalo
State BirdWestern Meadowlark
State FlowerWild sunflower
State Flying FossilPteranodon
State GrassLittle bluestem
State InsectHoney bee
State Marine FossilTylosaurus
State ReptileOrnate box turtle
State TreePlains cottonwood
Longitude94° 35′ W to 102° 3′ W
Latitude37° N to 40° N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Websitewww.kansas.gov
Area Codes316, 620, 785, 913
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020