Kansas was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase and became a U.S. territory in 1854. It became the 34th state on January 29, 1861. It is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Nebraska borders it to the north, Missouri to the east, Oklahoma to the south, and Colorado to the west. In addition to its geographical location, Kansas is known for its diverse landscape and rivers. Kansas is rectangular in appearance, with an area of 82,278 square miles.
Kansas has several major rivers, including the Missouri River along its northeastern border with Missouri, and two major tributaries of the Arkansas River—the Arkansas River in southwestern and south-central parts of Kansas and the Kansas River in northern Kansas. In the southeastern part of the state lies the Verdigris River, a tributary of the Arkansas River. This river is also the lowest point in Kansas, at 679 ft above sea level.
The Great Plains slope east from the Rocky Mountains through Kansas into Texas, while Central and Eastern areas are hilly in many places, with fertile shortgrass prairies and rolling plains. The high plains of western Kansas rise toward the Colorado border, where Mt Sunflower stands as the highest point at 4,039 feet above sea level. Natural wonders throughout the state, such as lakes, streams, hills, and more, serve as popular tourist attractions.
The State of Kansas is divided into 105 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Johnson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Logan, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Ness, Norton, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Rawlins, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Thomas, Trego, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte.
With an area of 213,100 sq. km, the State of Kansas is the 15th largest and the 34th most populous state in the USA. Located at the heart of Shawnee County, along the Kansas River, in the northeastern part of the state is Topeka – the capital city of Kansas. Situated in the Sedgwick County, along the Arkansas River, in the south-central part of the state is Wichita – the largest city of Kansas. It also serves as the cultural, media, trading, and industrial hub of Kansas.
The Kansas is located in the midwestern United States and also happens to be home geographic center of United States about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. It borders Nebraska to the north, Missouri to the east, Oklahoma to the south, and Colorado to the west. It's one of only four states that straddle both sides of the Mississippi River (the others being Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee). The state is divided into 105 counties, and its capital city is Topeka.
Kansas has an area of about 213,000 square kilometers and a population
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