1. List of United States cities by population – The following is a list of the most populous incorporated places of the United States. As defined by the United States Census Bureau, an "incorporated place" includes a variety including city, town, village, borough, municipality. A exceptional Census Designated Places are also included in the Census Bureau's listing of incorporated places. Consolidated city-counties represent county equivalent. Some consolidated city-counties, however, include incorporated places. This list presents only that portion of consolidated city-counties that are not a part of another incorporated place. A different ranking is evident when considering metropolitan area populations. Five states -- Maine, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming -- do not have cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Smaller incorporated places are not included. The mean density is 4,128.21 inhabitants per square mile. The median is 3,160.85 inhabitants per square mile. A CDP is a concentration of population identified for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of incorporated places such as cities, villages. CDPs are populated areas which otherwise physically resemble incorporated places. Unlike the incorporated cities in the main list, the US Census Bureau does not release annual population estimates for CDPs.List of United States cities by population – Population tables of U.S. cities
2. Kansas – Kansas /ˈkænzəs/ is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. Its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Thus, the area was a hotbed of chaos in its early days as these forces collided, was known as Bleeding Kansas. On January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland. Kansas is one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, soybeans. Kansas with its 213,000 km2 is the 15th most extensive and with the 34th most populous of the 50 United States. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans", officially. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 1232 m. For millennia, the land, currently Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. The first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541.Kansas – Samuel Seymour's 1819 illustration of a Kansa lodge and dance is the oldest drawing known to be done in Kansas.
3. Wichita, Kansas – Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and the 48th-largest city in the United States. Located on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 382,368; as of 2014, it was estimated to have increased to 389,965. In 2015, that of the larger Wichita-Winfield statistical area was 680,398. The city began as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860s, then was incorporated in 1870. It subsequently became a key destination for drives traveling north from Texas to access railroads, earning the nickname "Cowtown". In the 1930s, aeronautical engineers established a number of successful aircraft manufacturing companies in Wichita including Beechcraft, Cessna, Stearman Aircraft. The city transformed into a hub of U.S. aircraft production and became known as "The Air Capital of the World". As the largest city in the state, Wichita is an center of culture, media, trade. It hosts several large museums, entertainment venues, notably Intrust Bank Arena. Several universities are located in the city including Wichita State University, the third largest in the state. Archaeological evidence indicates human habitation near the site of present-day Wichita, early as 3000 B.C.. In 1541, a Spanish expedition led by explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado found people. Conflict with the Osage in the 1750s drove the Wichita further south. Prior to American settlement of the region, the site was located in the territory of the Kiowa.Wichita, Kansas – Wichita, Kansas
4. Overland Park, Kansas – Overland Park /ˈoʊvərlənd ˈpɑːrk/ is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is also the second most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area after Kansas City, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372. The city was incorporated as a "first class city" on May 20, 1960. Its initial population was 28,085 and was bounded by Antioch Road, 107th Street, Chadwick and I-35 with 13 square miles incorporated. By 1990 the population was 111,790 and in 1995 the incorporated land area was 56.6 square miles. Since 1995, the population has grown with 75.33 square miles of area. Overland Park is now the second most populous city in Kansas. In early 2008, the city council voted to annex an additional 15 square miles south of existing city limits. The annexation was approved for an additional 8 miles and went into effect March 10. After the annexation, the city spans nearly the entire distance between the northern and southern borders of Johnson County. Downtown Overland Park is located at 38 ° 58 ′ 56 ″ N 94 15 ″ W at an elevation of 1,086 feet. The city lies on the northern edge of the Osage Plains a few miles south of the Kansas River. One of the river's tributaries, Turkey Creek, flows northeast through the extreme northern part of the city. South of Turkey Creek, the majority of the city lies in the watershed of the Blue River.Overland Park, Kansas – Overland Park, Kansas
5. Kansas City, Kansas – It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the "Unified Government". Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. In October 1872, "old" Kansas City, Kansas, was incorporated. The mayors of the city after its organization were James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, Samuel McConnell. In June 1880, the Governor of Kansas proclaimed the city of Kansas City a city of the second class with Mayor McConnell present. In March 1886, Kansas, was formed through the consolidation of five municipalities: Armstrong, Armourdale, Riverview, Wyandotte. The oldest city of the group was Wyandotte, formed by Methodist missionaries. In 1997, voters approved a proposition to unify the city and county governments creating the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. Armourdale − formerly a city, it was consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886. Armstrong − a town absorbed by Wyandotte. Bethel − a neighborhood located generally along Leavenworth Rd. between 72nd and 77th Streets. It was never incorporated as a municipality. Fairfax District − an industrial area along the Missouri River.Kansas City, Kansas – Downtown Kansas City on the hill above the I-70 Lewis and Clark Viaduct from Quality Hill. The tallest building on the right is Cross Lines Tower. The tallest building on the left is City Hall. The columned building by it is the Wyandotte County courthouse. (2006)
6. Topeka, Kansas – Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Osage, Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census. The name Topeka is a Kansa-Osage sentence that means "place where we dug potatoes", or "a good place to dig potatoes". As a placename, Topeka was first recorded in 1826 as the Kansa name for what is now called the Kansas River. Topeka's founders chose the name in 1855 because it "was novel, of Indian origin and euphonious of sound." The mixed-blood Kansa Native American, Joseph James, called Jojim, is credited with suggesting the name of Topeka. The city, laid out in 1854, was one of the Free-State towns founded by Eastern antislavery men immediately after the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Bill. In 1857, Topeka was chartered as a city. Three ships of the U.S. Navy have been named USS Topeka after the city. For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America were inhabited by Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles.Topeka, Kansas – Skyline of Topeka (2008)
7. Olathe, Kansas – Olathe is a city in, is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is also the fourth most populous city in the state, with a population of 125,872 recorded by the 2010 census. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Gardner to the southwest. Olathe was founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of 1857. He staked two quarter sections of land as the site. He later described his ride to friends: "...the prairie was covered with verbena and other wild flowers. I kept thinking that I should name the Beautiful." Purportedly, Barton asked a Shawnee interpreter how to say "Beautiful" in his native language. The interpreter responded, "Olathe." Olathe was incorporated as a city in 1857. While Olathe was not the first city established in Johnson County, it was named the seat in October 1859. The city's early days were filled with violence, as pro-slavery forces from nearby Missouri often clashed with local abolitionists. These conflicts were known on a large scale as Bleeding Kansas.Olathe, Kansas – Olathe City Hall