Size: Kansas is a 208-mile by 411-mile rectangle, a total of 82,264 square miles. Kansas ranks 14th in geographic area.
State Nicknames: Wheat State, Sunflower State, Jayhawk State
State Motto: "Ad Astra per Aspera," Latin for "To the Stars through difficulties."
State Songs: "Home On the Range," words by Dr. Brewster Higley, music by Dan Kelly.
State Animal: American Buffalo
State Insect: HoneyBee
State Reptile: Ornate Box Turtle
State Flower: The wild native sunflower, "Helianthus.
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Tree: The cottonwood, often called the "pioneer tree to Kansas" because of its abundance on the plains.