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Population
  2010 2011
Population 2,853,118 2,871,238
State Rank 33 33
Median Age 36.0 36.0
Total 8 year-olds 39,733 40,599
Boys 20,371 20,651
Girls 19,362 19,948
Total 9 year-olds 40,869 39,364
Boys 20,946 20,169
Girls 19,923 19,195
Total 10 year-olds 40,888 40,433
Boys 21,130 20,750
Girls 19,758 19,683
Total 11 year-olds 39,951 40,927
Boys 20,566 21,092
Girls 19,385 19,835
Total 12 year-olds 39,670 39,747
Boys 20,341 20,470
Girls 19,329 19,277
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 82.1% 81.7%
Car Pool 9.1% 10.0%
Public Transportation 0.5% 0.4%
Work at Home 4.4% 4.3%

Geography
Capital Topeka
Largest City Wichita
Second Largest City Overland Park
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 34.9

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 1,016 1,038
Amusement Parks 5 2
Fast-Food Restaurants 2,200 2,336
Toy Stores 94 84
Video/Disc Rental Stores 185 120
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 3 8
Candy & Nut Stores 28 25
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 78 84
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 0 0

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: January 29, 1861
  • Population 1860: 107,206
  • Population 1900: 1,470,495
  • Population 1950: 1,905,299
  • Population 2000: 2,688,418

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Sunflower State
  • Flower: Sunflower
  • Tree: Cottonwood
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Animal: Buffalo
  • Song: Home on the Range

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.