Kansas State
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Kansas State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Kansas as the 34th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Kansas.

State Name:
Kansas

Abbreviation:
KS

Capital:
Topeka

Date of Statehood:
January 29, 1861

Population:
2,744,687 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
A leading wheat-growing state, Kansas also raises corn, sorghums, oats, barley, soybeans, and potatoes.

Primary Industry:
Kansas stands high in petroleum production and mines zinc, coal, salt, and lead. It is also the nation's leading producer of helium. Wichita is one of the nation's leading aircraft-manufacturing centers, ranking first in production of private aircraft.

Nickname:
The Sunflower State

Motto:
Ad Astra Per Aspera (To the stars through difficulties.)

Flower:
Native Sunflower (Legislation of 1903)
Picture of the Native Sunflower, the official state flower of Kansas.

Tree:
Cottonwood (Legislation of 1937)

Bird:
Western Meadowlark (Legislation of 1937)
Picture of the Western+Meadowlark, the official state bird of Kansas.
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Fish:
None (Legislation Pending)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 1976)

Gemstone:
None (Legislation Pending)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Kansas.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Kansas.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Kansas.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Kansas state.
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