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Kansas Almanac

The Kansas Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Kansas.

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Sources...

The United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/, July 10, 2001.
Kansas. J-K. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 218. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union January 29, 1861, [ Find out more... ]
Capital Topeka, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Wheat State, Sunflower State, Jayhawker State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Ad Astra per Aspera, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 82,282 square miles Rank among states 15th
Land area 81,823 square miles Rank among states 13th
Water area 459 square miles Rank among states 43rd
Greatest distance East to West 408 miles
Greatest distance North to South 206 miles
Highest point 4,039 feet (Mount Sunflower) Rank among states 28th
Lowest point 679 feet (Verdigris River) Rank among states 41st
Mean elevation 2,000 feet Rank among states 14th
Highest recorded temperature 121 degrees on July 24, 1936 near Alton
Lowest recorded temperature -40 degrees on February 13, 1905 at Lebanon
Highest monthly average temperature 92.9 degrees Rank among states 9th
Lowest monthly average temperature 15.7 degrees Rank among states 20th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 27 inches Rank among states  
Population
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
2,688,418 Rank among states 32nd
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
32.86 Rank among states 40th
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Wichita 344,284 6. Lawrence 80,098
2. Overland Park 149,080 7. Shawnee 47,996
3. Kansas City 146,866 8. Salina 45,679
4. Topeka 122,377 9. Manhattan 44,831
5. Olathe 92,962 10. Hutchinson 40,787
Median age 32.9
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 75.31 Rank among states 7th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,975.3 Rank among states 25th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 496.4 Rank among states 29th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 4,478.8 Rank among states 23rd
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$27,374 Rank among states 27th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$23,461 Rank among states 26th
Median household income (1993) $29,770 Rank among states 29th

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Kansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

Kansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, by Pam Grout. 256 pages. Publisher: Globe Pequot; Third edition (June 15, 2010)

The definitive collection of Kansas's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Kansas residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

Visit the NETSTATE Kansas State Book Store for additional Kansas related books, including Kansas Reference Books, History, Biographies and Cookbooks.

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