The state of Kansas, known as Sunflower State, extends over an area of 213,000 km². The capital is the city of Topeka with 125,000 residents.

Sunflower State – this is the nickname of the US state of Kansas, whose landscape is largely shaped by the Great Plains. The state has 2.9 million residents and extends over 213,000 km² in the center of the USA. Kansas is surrounded by the neighboring states of Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma. Nebraska has a continental climate, and the region is also located in the so-called Tornado Alley, through which tornadoes regularly pass. The capital of Kansas is Topeka: about 125,000 people live here. Kansas owes the nickname Sunflower State to the dominant local agriculture, which includes cattle breeding and the cultivation of corn and wheat. This is another reason why Kansas with its Great Plains is often referred to as the “bread basket of the USA”.

Kansas – The History of the Sunflower State

As early as 7000 BC Kansas was settled by the Paleo natives, later descendants are the Wichita, the Kansa, the Pawnee and the Osage Nation. The first Spanish explorers reached the region around 1541 under Francisco de Coronado. In 1803 Kansas passed to the USA like many other lands in the Midwest through the so-called “Louisiana Purchase”. Fort Leavenworth, founded in 1827, was one of the first local settlements. Kansas became official territory through the so-called Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. In 1954, the civil rights movement sued in the Brown et al. vs. Board of Education of Topeca against the prevailing racial segregation in Kansas, which was declared unconstitutional in a landmark judgment. A famous Kansas President is Dwight D. Eisenhower,

Kansas – the largest settlements in the Great Plains State

The largest city of Kansas is Wichita, where about 390,000 people live today. This is followed by Overland Park (191,000 residents), Kansas City (152,000 residents), Olathe (135,000 residents) and the capital Topeka. Major rivers in Kansas are the Missouri River and the Arkansas River, including all of their tributaries. Check TRACKAAH.COM to see population of Kansas city by city.

Kansas State Bird and Flower

Largest Counties in Kansas by Area

According to Countryaah, the biggest counties in Kansas are listed as below:

Ranking County Area
1 Butler County 3,699 km2
2 Finney County 3,367 km2
3 Reno County 3,248 km2
4 Sumner County 3,061 km2
5 Greenwood County 2,953 km2
6 Barber County 2,937 km2
7 Cowley County 2,916 km2
8 Ford County 2,846 km2
9 Ness County 2,784 km2
10 Thomas County 2,784 km2
11 Logan County 2,779 km2
12 Gove County 2,776 km2
13 Rawlins County 2,771 km2
14 Sherman County 2,735 km2
15 Cheyenne County 2,642 km2
16 Sedgwick County 2,590 km2
17 Hamilton County 2,580 km2
18 Meade County 2,533 km2
19 Clark County 2,525 km2
20 Marion County 2,442 km2
21 Wallace County 2,367 km2
22 Jewell County 2,354 km2
23 Marshall County 2,339 km2
24 Ellis County 2,331 km2
25 McPherson County 2,331 km2
26 Graham County 2,326 km2
27 Washington County 2,326 km2
28 Sheridan County 2,321 km2
29 Smith County 2,321 km2
30 Barton County 2,315 km2
31 Decatur County 2,315 km2
32 Osborne County 2,313 km2
33 Rooks County 2,300 km2
34 Trego County 2,300 km2
35 Phillips County 2,295 km2
36 Russell County 2,292 km2
37 Norton County 2,274 km2
38 Kearny County 2,253 km2
39 Gray County 2,251 km2
40 Kingman County 2,238 km2
41 Hodgeman County 2,227 km2
42 Lyon County 2,204 km2
43 Dickinson County 2,196 km2
44 Pottawatomie County 2,186 km2
45 Harper County 2,077 km2
46 Wabaunsee County 2,067 km2
47 Stafford County 2,051 km2
48 Comanche County 2,041 km2
49 Greeley County 2,015 km2
50 Chase County 2,010 km2
51 Pawnee County 1,953 km2
52 Pratt County 1,904 km2
53 Morton County 1,891 km2
54 Stevens County 1,886 km2
55 Rice County 1,883 km2
56 Kiowa County 1,870 km2
57 Ottawa County 1,867 km2
58 Saline County 1,865 km2
59 Lincoln County 1,862 km2
60 Nemaha County 1,862 km2
61 Wichita County 1,862 km2
62 Rush County 1,860 km2
63 Scott County 1,860 km2
64 Lane County 1,857 km2
65 Cloud County 1,854 km2
66 Ellsworth County 1,854 km2
67 Republic County 1,854 km2
68 Osage County 1,823 km2
69 Mitchell County 1,813 km2
70 Morris County 1,805 km2
71 Stanton County 1,761 km2
72 Jackson County 1,702 km2
73 Labette County 1,681 km2
74 Elk County 1,678 km2
75 Montgomery County 1,671 km2
76 Clay County 1,668 km2
77 Chautauqua County 1,663 km2
78 Seward County 1,658 km2
79 Bourbon County 1,650 km2
80 Coffey County 1,632 km2
81 Edwards County 1,611 km2
82 Riley County 1,580 km2
83 Linn County 1,551 km2
84 Crawford County 1,536 km2
85 Cherokee County 1,520 km2
86 Anderson County 1,510 km2
87 Haskell County 1,494 km2
88 Miami County 1,494 km2
89 Grant County 1,489 km2
90 Franklin County 1,487 km2
91 Wilson County 1,487 km2
92 Neosho County 1,481 km2
93 Brown County 1,479 km2
94 Shawnee County 1,424 km2
95 Harvey County 1,396 km2
96 Jefferson County 1,388 km2
97 Allen County 1,303 km2
98 Woodson County 1,298 km2
99 Johnson County 1,235 km2
100 Leavenworth County 1,199 km2
101 Douglas County 1,184 km2
102 Atchison County 1,119 km2
103 Doniphan County 1,015 km2
104 Geary County 995 km2
105 Wyandotte County 391 km2