Located in the heart of the nation, Kansas boasts a rich history, scenic landscape, exciting attractions and friendly Midwestern people. When it comes to overall quality of life, you'll find Kansas is a great place to live and work.
Kansas became the 34th state in the Union on Jan. 29, 1861, and is now the geographic center of the United States. Kansas is the 14th largest state with 82,282 square miles of farmland, lakes, rivers, forested parks, unspoiled prairies and towns of all sizes. More than 2.5 million people live throughout Kansas, in large metropolitan areas like Wichita and Kansas City, medium-sized cities like Topeka, Salina and Lawrence, or the hundreds of small towns which dot the state's map.
Kansans enjoy a cost of living below the national average. New opportunities abound in education, the arts, housing and community activities as the population increases and industry expands.
Aircraft manufacturing, agriculture and education are the state's primary industries. Six regents universities, one municipal university, dozens of private institutions, 19 community colleges and 16 vocational/technical schools offer Kansans outstanding educational opportunities. Kansas ranks third in the U.S. for percentage of the population enrolled in public higher education.
More than 150 lakes, 24 federal reservoirs, and 23 state parks and recreation areas offer excellent opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, biking, hunting, hiking and camping. Kansans enjoy four distinct weather seasons for outdoor activities.
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