Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861. Its official nickname is “The Sunflower State.” It also has another nickname, “The Wheat State.”
Here are 10 interesting facts about the state:
10 Interesting Facts About Kansas #1:
The population of the state according to a 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau is 2,893,957 people. As such, it is the 34th most populated state in the country.
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Another interesting fact is that the capital of Kansas is Topeka. The largest city in terms of population, however, is Wichita. Topeka has a population of 127,473 people, but Wichita has a population of 382,368 people.
10 Interesting Facts About Kansas #3:
When Kansas was in the final stages of becoming a state in the 1850s, abolitionists from New England and pro-slavery settlers from the South disagreed on whether or not the state should allow slavery. Due to this, there was violence that erupted. In fact, the area was called “Bleeding Kansas” from 1854 to 1861. It eventually became a free state.
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As previously mentioned, a nickname of the state is “The Wheat State.” Residents of the state produce much wheat each year, along with sorghum and sunflowers.
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One of the historic sites that people who enjoy studying history should visit is the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, in Topeka.
10 Interesting Facts About Kansas #6:
Most of the people who live in the state are White American. In fact, 83.8% of the people belong to this social group.
10 Interesting Facts About Kansas #7:
Like some other states in the Midwest, the largest ancestral group in the state is German. It has been estimated that 33.75% of the people who live in Kansas have ancestors who are from Germany.
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Another interesting fact is that the rock band Kansas was formed in the state capital.
10 Interesting Facts About Kansas #9:
As many people know, the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz was based on a family who lived on a farm in Kansas.
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The last interesting fact is that there are some famous people from the state. The list of famous people from Kansas includes baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, actor R. Lee Ermey, and the late actor Dennis Hopper.
“Kansas,” Yahoo! Travel.
“The Official Website of the State of Kansas,” Kansas.gov.
“Topeka,” Yahoo! Travel.