The Culture of Kansas is distinct and differs greatly from the rest of the states of the United States of America. Christianity is considered the main religion here as it is followed by a majority of the people. Statistically speaking, around 87% of the population follows Christianity.
Among the Christians, there are subgroups which follow a different branch of Christianity such as Protestants, Roman Catholics, Baptist, and United Methodist etc. These are some of the few sects in the state of Kansas of which about 52% of the population are followers of Protestant Christianity, around 30% of the people areRoman Catholics, the Baptists form a chunk of 22% of the population and the United Methodists account for 16% of the total population.
Roughly about 9.5% of the population in the State of Kansas are atheists and do not follow any religion. Other than Christianity there are people who follow Islam whilst some are Jewish and they form just about 2% to 4% of the total population of the state of Kansas.
Like any other state in the United States of America the state of Kansas has its share of migrant population and foreign immigrant population. Over the years, people from outside the state of Kansas have come and settled here and now call it their home.
The foreign immigrant population includes people who have migrated from different countries such as Sweden, German, France, Ireland, Poland, and Italy while the others been known to have migrated from the Asian continent. This diversity in ethnic composition has enhanced the Culture of Kansas and also helped to develop its rich heritage.
The state of Kansas is known to be the first slave Free State in United States of America because of which many of the African Americans began to settle in this state. This has been possible because of the tolerance and open mindedness of the people of the state of Kansas and also due to the all inclusive nature of the culture of Kansas.
The state of Kansas, due to the varied diversity in its ethnic and cultural composition of population, has a vast range of languages spoken by the people of the state. English tops the list for being the only language used by the majority of the population. Approximately around 92% of the people speak in English at home and in public.
Spanish is used by around 5% of the population at home and near their locality. Other than that people also speak German, French, Chinese and Arabic. This has helped the Culture of Kansas grow and mature because of such wide range of languages spoken.
On the lines of other states in The United States of America, the state of Kansas also has its share of festivals celebrated by the people. Among the various festivals in the state of Kansas “The Kansas City Renaissance Festival” is one of the most important festivals organized to raise funds for the Kansas City Art Institute. It began in the year 1977 and continues to be held annually for seven weekends at Bonner Springs.
The people of the state of Kansas show great enthusiasm in music and celebrate it by organizing Music Festivals and Musical Concerts. Among the many Music Festivals held in the state of Kansas the Country Stampede Music Festival is very significant. The festival began in the year 1996 and is held towards the end of June. It continues to be an annual celebration even today.
More than 200,000 music enthusiasts attend this festival to celebrate Country music and Classic rock music genres where many famous singers and performers are present. Some of the Singers who performed here were Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. This festival previously lasted for two days but due to its increasing popularity it has now been extended up to 4days.
Miss Kansas USA
- Winners: Kelli McCarty (1991)
- 1st runners-up: Danielle Boatwright (1996), Lindsay Douglas (2002)
- 2nd runners-up: Tavia Shackles (1993), Cara Gorges (2007)
- 3rd runners-up: Tiffany Meyer (2000)
- 4th runners-up: Kimberlee Girrens (1992)
- Top 12: Brenda Kopmeyer (1973), Carol Hovenkamp (1994)
- Top 15: Bethany Gerber (2010)
- Best State Costume: Tavia Shackles (1993)
- Most Beautiful Eyes: Tavia Shackles (1993)
- Best in Swimsuit: Danielle Boatwright (1996)
|Year||Name||Hometown||Age||Placement at Miss USA||Special awards at Miss USA|
|2010||Bethany Anne Gerber||Winfield||21||Top 15|
|2008||Michelle Gillespie||Mission Hills||22|
|2007||Cara Gorges||Clearwater||19||2nd runner-up|
|2004||Lisa Forbes||Overland Park||22|
|2002||Lindsay Douglas||Lawrence||23||1st Runner-up|
|2000||Tiffany Meyer||Lawrence||23||3rd Runner-up|
|1997||Kathryn Taylor||Overland Park||24|
|1996||Danielle Boatwright||Tonganoxie||20||1st Runner-up||Best in Swimsuit|
|1993||Tavia Shackles||Shawnee||2nd Runner-up||Best State Costume & Most Beautiful Eyes Award|
|1992||Kimberlee Girrens||Wichita||4th Runner-up|
|1987||Martina Castle||Overland Park|
|1984||Elizabeth Johnson||Prairie View|
|1982||Stefani Larson||Overland Park|
|1975||Robbin Loomas||Overland Park|