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Welcome to Kansas and a brief overview of The Sunflower State.

The Midwestern State of Kansas is located right about in the middle of the 48 "conterminous" states. It is bordered on the north by Nebraska and on the south by Oklahoma. On the east, Kansas is bordered by Missouri and, on the west, it is bordered by Colorado.

Kansas among the states

  • Statehood: January 29, 1861 (34th state)
  • Abbreviation: Kans. or Kan. (traditional), KS (postal)
  • Capital: Topeka.
  • Size: 82,277 square miles, includes inland water (14th)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Latin motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars with difficulty)
  • State bird: Western meadow lark (Sturnella neglecta) adopted 1937.
  • State flower: Wild native sunflower (Helianthus) adopted 1903.
  • State song: "Home On the Range", words by Dr. Brewster Higley, music by Dan Kelly, adopted 1947.
  • State tree: Cottonwood, adopted 1937.


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