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Kansas in United States
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Kansas is a state located in the Midwestern United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Kansas is the 34th most populous state with &&&&&&&&02853132.&&&&&02,853,132 inhabitants and the 13th largest by land area spanning 81,758.72 square miles (211,754.1 km2) of land. Kansas is divided into 105 counties and contains 627 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities.

City requirements

All incorporated communities in Kansas are called cities, unlike in some states where some are called towns or villages. (11 of 50 states only have cities).

Once a city is incorporated in Kansas, it will continue to be a city even after falling below the minimum required to become a city, and even if the minimum is later raised. A city can de-incorporate, but if citizens decide to re-incorporate at a later date, then new minimum requirements must be met.

By State law, cities in Kansas are divided into three classes.

  • Cities of the 3rd Class - When a city incorporates, it becomes a city of the 3rd class. To incorporate, a city must generally have either 300 inhabitants or 300 or more platted lots served by water and sewer lines. This minimum requirement has increased since older historical minimum requirements.
  • Cities of the 2nd Class - A city may petition to become a city of the 2nd class when its population is more than 2,000 but less than 15,000. A city whose population is between 2,000 and 5,000 may elect to remain a city of the 3rd class, but must become a city of the 2nd class when it reaches 5,000 population.
  • Cities of the 1st Class - A city may petition to become a city of the 1st class when its population reaches 15,000. A city whose population is between 15,000 and 25,000 may elect to remain a city of the 2nd class but must become a city of the 1st class when it reaches 25,000 population.

Highest population listing

Population data based on 2010 census and 2017 estimate with over 5,000 people. The city of Topeka, in addition to being the county seat for Shawnee County, is the state capital.

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Wichita, largest city in Kansas
Topeka, Kansas
Topeka, capital of Kansas
2017 rank City 2017 estimate 2010 Census Change County
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 Wichita † 390,591 382,368 &10000000000000002150546+2.15% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 Overland Park 191,278 173,372 &10000000000000010328080+10.33% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 Kansas City † 152,938 145,786 &10000000000000004905820+4.91% Wyandotte
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 Olathe † 137,472 125,872 &10000000000000009215711+9.22% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 Topeka † 126,587 127,473 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.70% Shawnee
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 Lawrence † 96,982 87,643 &10000000000000010655728+10.66% Douglas
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 Shawnee 65,513 62,209 &10000000000000005311128+5.31% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 Manhattan † 56,832 52,281 &10000000000000008704883+8.70% Riley
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 Lenexa 53,553 48,190 &10000000000000011128864+11.13% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 Salina † 46,994 47,707 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.49% Saline
&&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 Hutchinson † 40,772 42,080 Template:Number table sorting/negative−3.11% Reno
&&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 Leavenworth † 36,210 35,251 &10000000000000002720490+2.72% Leavenworth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 Leawood 34,659 31,867 &10000000000000008761414+8.76% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 Dodge City † 27,720 27,340 &10000000000000001389904+1.39% Ford
&&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 Garden City † 26,895 26,658 &10000000000000000889038+0.89% Finney
&&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 Emporia † 24,724 24,916 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.77% Lyon
&&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 Derby 23,673 22,158 &10000000000000006837259+6.84% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 Junction City † 22,988 23,353 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.56% Geary
&&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 Prairie Village 22,368 21,447 &10000000000000004294306+4.29% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 Gardner 21,583 19,123 &10000000000000012864090+12.86% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&021.&&&&&021 Hays † 20,845 20,510 &10000000000000001633349+1.63% Ellis
&&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 Pittsburg 20,216 20,233 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.08% Crawford
&&&&&&&&&&&&&023.&&&&&023 Liberal † 19,826 20,525 Template:Number table sorting/negative−3.41% Seward
&&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 Newton † 18,869 19,132 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.37% Harvey
&&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 Great Bend † 15,344 15,995 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.07% Barton
&&&&&&&&&&&&&026.&&&&&026 McPherson † 13,201 13,155 &10000000000000000349676+0.35% McPherson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&027.&&&&&027 Andover 13,111 11,791 &10000000000000011194979+11.19% Butler
&&&&&&&&&&&&&028.&&&&&028 El Dorado † 12,993 13,021 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.22% Butler
&&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 Ottawa † 12,342 12,649 Template:Number table sorting/negative−2.43% Franklin
&&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 Winfield † 12,104 12,301 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.60% Cowley
&&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 Lansing 11,947 11,265 &10000000000000006054150+6.05% Leavenworth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&032.&&&&&032 Arkansas City 11,866 12,415 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.42% Cowley
&&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 Haysville 11,278 10,826 &10000000000000004175133+4.18% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&034.&&&&&034 Merriam 11,212 11,003 &10000000000000001899481+1.90% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&035.&&&&&035 Atchison † 10,636 11,021 Template:Number table sorting/negative−3.49% Atchison
&&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 Parsons 9,761 10,500 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.04% Labette
&&&&&&&&&&&&&037.&&&&&037 Coffeyville 9,481 10,295 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.91% Montgomery
&&&&&&&&&&&&&038.&&&&&038 Mission 9,409 9,323 &10000000000000000922449+0.92% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&039.&&&&&039 Augusta 9,389 9,274 &10000000000000001240025+1.24% Butler
&&&&&&&&&&&&&040.&&&&&040 Chanute 9,054 9,119 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.71% Neosho
&&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 Independence † 8,729 9,483 Template:Number table sorting/negative−7.95% Montgomery
&&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 Bel Aire 7,914 6,769 &10000000000000016915349+16.92% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&043.&&&&&043 Wellington † 7,822 8,172 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.28% Sumner
&&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&&&&&044 Fort Scott † 7,813 8,087 Template:Number table sorting/negative−3.39% Bourbon
&&&&&&&&&&&&&045.&&&&&045 Bonner Springs 7,784 7,314 &10000000000000006426032+6.43% Wyandotte
&&&&&&&&&&&&&046.&&&&&046 Park City 7,729 7,297 &10000000000000005920241+5.92% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&047.&&&&&047 Valley Center 7,300 6,822 &10000000000000007006742+7.01% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&048.&&&&&048 Roeland Park 6,772 6,731 &10000000000000000609121+0.61% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&049.&&&&&049 Pratt † 6,748 6,835 Template:Number table sorting/negative−1.27% Pratt
&&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050 Spring Hill 6,618 5,437 &10000000000000021721537+21.72% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&051.&&&&&051 Abilene † 6,380 6,844 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.78% Dickinson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&052.&&&&&052 Mulvane 6,359 6,111 &10000000000000004058255+4.06% Sedgwick
&&&&&&&&&&&&&053.&&&&&053 Eudora 6,329 6,136 &10000000000000003145371+3.15% Douglas
&&&&&&&&&&&&&054.&&&&&054 De Soto 6,107 5,720 &10000000000000006765734+6.77% Johnson
&&&&&&&&&&&&&055.&&&&&055 Basehor 6,015 4,664 &10000000000000028966552+28.97% Leavenworth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&056.&&&&&056 Ulysses † 5,912 6,161 Template:Number table sorting/negative−4.04% Grant
&&&&&&&&&&&&&057.&&&&&057 Paola † 5,580 5,602 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.39% Miami
&&&&&&&&&&&&&058.&&&&&058 Tonganoxie 5,444 4,996 &10000000000000008967173+8.97% Leavenworth
&&&&&&&&&&&&&059.&&&&&059 Colby † 5,361 5,387 Template:Number table sorting/negative−0.48% Thomas
&&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060 Iola † 5,354 5,704 Template:Number table sorting/negative−6.14% Allen
&&&&&&&&&&&&&061.&&&&&061 Concordia † 5,099 5,395 Template:Number table sorting/negative−5.49% Cloud


Military installations

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Grant Hall, the headquarters and symbol of Fort Leavenworth
See Kansas forts and posts for a historical list

As a supplement to the list of cities, the following military installations are provided because of their relative size in active duty and/or service members living on the post and their location within the borders of the state of Kansas. The table values for "Population in Quarters" includes reported totals of active duty, family, civilians, reservists, and retired personnel living on the installation.

As of 2016, over 85,000 people live on military installations in Kansas—including over 25,000 active duty personnel. Although not considered "cities", these military installations certainly should be considered as population centers of note.

Installation Population in quarters Active duty personnel County
Fort Riley 54,957 18,553 Riley and Geary
McConnell Air Force Base 17,523 2,989 Sedgwick
Fort Leavenworth 12,733 5,383 Leavenworth

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Fictional cities

  • Flowers, Kansas, from the book The Van Gogh Cafe, located on I-70 interstate.
  • Jericho, Kansas, setting of the 2006 TV series Jericho, located approximately where the real cities of Colby and Oakley are located in northwest Kansas.
  • Rustwater, Kansas, the setting of the 1992 film Leap of Faith.
  • Smallville, Kansas, childhood hometown of fictional character Superman.
  • Stubbville, Kansas, the town the "people train" passes through near Wichita in the film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
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