Everything you should know when Moving to Kansas
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You will be glad to know that Kansas features amongst the Top 20 Smartest States* in America and this year the rank is No. 15. The state where helium was discovered in 1905, owes its origin to Spanish explorer Francisco de Coronado, who in 1541, is considered to be the first European to have traveled this region. Ceded to Spain by France in 1763, the territory reverted to France in 1800 and was sold to the U.S. as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Today, wheat fields, oil-well derricks, herds of cattle, and grain-storage elevators are chief features of the Kansas landscape. A leading wheat-growing state, Kansas also raises corn, sorghum, oats, barley, soybeans, and potatoes. The state ranks 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. The city of Kansas is an important transportation, milling, and meat-packing center.
Points of interest include the Kansas History Center at Topeka, the Eisenhower boyhood home and the Eisenhower Memorial Museum and Presidential Library at Abilene, John Brown’s cabin at Osawatomie, re-created Front Street in Dodge City, Fort Larned (an important military post on the Santa Fe Trail), Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Riley.
Here are some interesting facts about Kansas:
Racial break-up: White: 2,313,944 (86.1%); Black: 154,198 (5.7%); American Indian: 24,936 (0.9%); Asian: 46,806 (1.7%); Other race: 90,725 (3.4%); Two or more races: 56,496 (2.1%); Hispanic/Latino: 188,252 (7.0%).
The first permanent white settlements in Kansas were outposts—Fort Leavenworth (1827), Fort Scott (1842), and Fort Riley (1853)—established to protect travelers along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.
Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
Flower – sunflower
Tree – cottonwood
Bird – western meadowlark
Animal – buffalo
Nicknames: Sunflower State; Jayhawk State
Origin of name: From a Sioux word meaning “people of the south wind”
10 largest cities: Wichita, 354,865; Overland Park, 164,811; Kansas City, 144,210; Topeka, 121,946; Olathe, 111,334; Lawrence, 81,816; Shawnee, 57,628; Manhattan, 48,668; Salina, 45,956; Lenexa, 43,434
Number of counties: 105
State parks: 24
* The smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno’s annual reference book, Education State Rankings, 2006-2007. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state’s education ranking is, the lower and less smart it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher and smarter a state ranks.