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Kansas is a landlocked Midwestern U.S. state, located on the eastern edge of the Great Plains, more or less in the center of the nation.
The state is bordered by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south, and Colorado on the west.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Great Plains was the home of Siouan-speaking nomadic Native American tribes, the Kaws, Quapaws, Omahas, Osages, and Poncas.
The United States acquired the area of Kansas from France in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Kansas was admitted to the Union on 29th January 1861, as the 34th state.
area of 213,099 km² , this is about the size of Great Britain (island) squeezed into an almost rectangular shape. Compared with other US states, Kansas is more than 9 times larger than New Jersey, but it would fit into Texas more than 3 times.
Kansas landscape is mostly flat with hills and forests in east.
A tiny portion of the Springfield Plateu of the Ozarks reaches into the southeastern corner of the state.
The upland borders the gently rolling hils of the Cherokee lowlands in northwest. To the north of the lowlands are the Osage Cuestas also known as the Osage Prairie, a region of east to southeast facing escarpments (50 to 200 feet high).
West of the lowland are the Chautauqua Hills, with sandstone capped ridges and rolling hills. Further west are the Flint Hills (aka Osage Hills), a band of hills with the most dense coverage of intact tallgrass prairie in North America.
The Red Hills, an upland also known as Gypsum Hills, covers the central southern portion of Kansas and northern Oklahoma. The central northern part of Kansas is dominated by the Smoky Hills, a dissected upland area with outcroping rocks.
In the western third of Kansas rise the High Plains, a upland subregion of the Great Plains. From east to west, the High Plains rise in Kansas in elevation from around 1,160 feet (350 m) to (4,000 feet (1,220 m)), Mount Sunflower, the state's highest point is located on the upland.
Many rivers run through Kansas, main rivers are the Arkansas River, the Kansas River, the Cimarron River, the Smoky Hill River, and the Little Arkansas. The Missouri River forms a section of the state's border with Missouri.
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Highest Point in Kansas
Mount Sunflower on the border to Colorado is the highest natural point at 1,231 m (4,039 ft). Odd, the highest point in the state is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain. There are amenities at the state's peak, including a picnic table, a small free library, a sunflower sculpture made from railroad spikes, and a plaque on the site stating, "On this site in 1897, nothing happened." Unfortunately the plaque is missing, apparently stolen.
Kansas has a population of 2.91 million people (est. 2018) , state capital is Topeka, largest city is Wichita. Other major cities are Overland Park (part of the Kansas City metropolitan area), Olathe, Topeka, and Lawrence.
Busiest airport in the state is Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (IATA code: ICT).
Cities and Towns in Kansas
The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Kansas:
Largest city is Wichita (390,000)
Second largest city is Overland Park (189,000),
other major cities with more than 50,000 citizens are
Kansas City (Kansas) 152,000), Olathe (part of Kansas City metro, 135,500), Topeka (capital city, 127,000), Lawrence (95,500)
Shawnee (part of Kansas City metro, 65,200), Manhattan (55,000), and Lenexa (part of Kansas City metro, 53,000)
Population figures in 2017
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Other cities and towns in Kansas:
Abilene, Arkansas City, Ashland, Atchison, Atwood, Belleville, Beloit, Chanute, Cherryvale, Cimmaron, Clay Center, Coffeyville, Colby, Concordia, Council Grove, Derby, Dodge City, El Dorado, Elkhart, Emporia, Fort Scott, Fredonia, Garden City, Garnett, Goodland, Great Bend, Greensburg, HaysIola, Hiawatah, Hill City, Holton, Hugoton, Hutchinson, Independence, Jetmore, Junction City, Kingman, Kinsley, Larned, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Lebanon, Liberal, Lyons, Manhattan, Marion, Marysville, Mc Pherson, Meade, Medicine Lodge, Neodesha, Ness City, Newton, Norton, Oakley, Oberlin, Osborne, Ottawa, Paola, Parsons, Phillipsburg, Pittsburg, Pratt, Russell, Salina, Scott City, Sharon Springs, St. Francis, St. John, Stockton, Sublette, Syracuse, Topeka, Tribune, Ulysses, WaKeeney, Wellington, Winfield, and Yates Center.
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