Moving to Kansas

Located in the Midwestern region, Kansas is home to nearly 3 million people. The Sunflower State's most populated city is Wichita, with more than double the number of residents than the capital city of Topeka. Overland Park is the second largest city and is only about a 20-minute commute from the Kansas City metro area.
In earlier times, a variety of Native American people inhabited the state. The name Kansas is derived from the Kaw Nation, also known as the Kansa Indians, who today are included on the list of federally recognized tribes.

Geography & Climate

Situated in the heart of the nation, Kansas is about an equal driving distance from either coastline. Although the state is famous for its flat topography, this feature typically describes the western and central regions. The eastern portion of Kansas actually has a lot of hilly areas and forestland.
Mount Sunflower in Wallace County is the state's highest point at 4,039-feet above sea level. While situated on private property, the site is open to the public.
With three different climate types, the weather in Kansas is anything but predictable. During the spring and summer seasons, extreme weather often includes heavy rain, hail, and scorching temperatures.
Despite having its share of sunny days, the state is known for its strong thunderstorm systems and frequent tornadoes. Kansas ranks second in the country for the most tornadoes per year.

Community & Lifestyle

Numerous galleries and museums scattered throughout Kansas offer a nice mix of traditional and contemporary art designs. The Muchnic Gallery in Atchison depicts life during Victorian Times while the Nerman Museum of Overland Park features popular pieces from modern artists.
Founded by immigrant farmers during the late 1860s, Lindsborg has managed to retain its rich Swedish-American culture through the years. This quaint, little town with plenty of Swedish art, music, and cuisine is an ideal weekend getaway spot for both residents and tourists.
Kansas State, The University of Kansas, and Wichita State are three reputable colleges that offer a variety of programs and the convenience of distance learning. Kansas University provides excellent engineering programs for undergraduate students.
Moving to Kansas will provide many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, horseback riding, and fishing are all popular activities within the state. Kansas is also home to some of America’s greatest golf courses including Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson and Flint Hills Course in Andover.
If you are considering a move to Kansas, you may want to hire professional movers. Research moving services in your area, read customer reviews and request free cost estimates. Reputable moving companies will be able to provide you with customer references. Creating a moving checklist is a great way to keep track of all the important details and ensure nothing gets overlooked. Give yourself plenty of time to pack by collecting your moving boxes early.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Kansas is 3.7% which is well below the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
True to its roots, Kansas' farming production accounts for almost 45% of the state's economy. More than 88% of the land in Kansas consists of farm acreage. While wheat, corn, and soybeans are the most popular crops, the region has experienced an increase in beef and dairy farming.
The aviation and petroleum industries also play an important role in the state’s economy. With 15,000 employees, Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita is the top private sector employer.
Situated in the north-central region of the state, Fort Riley Military Base provides jobs and training to many area residents.


Moving to Kansas also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Monument Rocks Landmark

Recognized as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas, Monument Rocks is located about 25 miles south of Oakley. These soaring chalk pyramids formed 80-million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. The site is the first designated natural landmark in the nation and is recognized for its abundance of fossil formations. Ideal for adventurous types, this unique attraction is located far from the bustle of city life.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Get a glimpse of Kansas’ former landscape at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. In earlier times, more than 170-million acres of tallgrass prairie existed throughout the Midwest. Today, less than five percent of this land remains. The preserve works to protect this prized ecosystem and the flora and fauna that thrive in it for future generations to enjoy.

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Nestled in south-central Kansas, the refuge is a welcome haven for bird lovers. Many of the species that live here are rare to other parts of the state and the central region of the country in general. Visitors can expect to see an assortment of nesting and waterfowl species including Sandhill cranes and American avocets. Quivira encompasses more than 22 acres and includes multiple wetland areas.

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