The US state of Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the country. With an area of 211,754.1 square km and an approximate population of 2,853,132, Kansas is the country’s 13th largest state by land area and the 34th largest by population. Kansas is subdivided into 105 counties and 627 municipalities, all of which have been designated as cities.
There are three classes of cities in Kansas. "Cities of the 3rd Class" are incorporared cities, which must have a minimum of 300 inhabitants or 300 platted lots with individual sewer and water lines. "Cities of the 2nd Class" have a minimum of 2,000 and maximum of 15,000 inhabitants. A city with a population of 15,000 or more can petition to become one of the "Cities of the 1st Class." However, if its population reaches 25,000, a city will automatically be upgraded to the 1st class.
The Five Most Populated Cities in Kansas
With a population of 382,368 individuals, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas and serves as the county seat of Sedgwick County. Wichita traces its origin to a trading post established in the area in the 1860s, and later became a city in 1870. It is located in the south-central part of the state, along the Arkansas River. Wichita is a major center of the US aircraft industry, and is also a regional hub of culture, trade, and media.
2. Overland Park
According to the 2010 census, Overland Park is the second biggest city of Kansas, with a population of 173,372. Overland Park is located in Johnson County. The city was founded by William B. Strang Jr. in 1905, and later incorporated as a "City of the 1st Class in 1960. The Sprint World Headquarters Campus, the largest office complex in the Midwest at the time of its construction, is located in Overland Park and contains 3.9 million square feet of office space.
3. Kansas City
Kansas City is the third most populated city of Kansas, with a population of 145,786. The city was established in 1866 and serves as the county seat of Wyandotte County. Kansas City is located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.
Topeka is its fourth biggest city in Kansas. It serves as the state capital, as well as the seat of Shawnee County. According to the 2010 census, Topeka has a population of 127,473. Founded by Eastern antislavery men as a Free-State town, Topeka was established in 1854 and chartered as a city in 1857. The state government is one of the city's biggest employers.
With a population of 125,872, Olathe is the fifth most populous city in Kansas. The city also serves as the county seat of Johnson County.