Kansas is the 35th most populous state in the United States with a population that is approaching 3 million people. The state has a total of five cities that have populations of more than 100,000 people, with Wichita taking the top spot with a population of over 389,000. Overland Park is next on the list in terms of most populous cities, with a population exceeding 186,000. Kansas City rounds out the top three with a population of 151,306. Topeka, the state’s capital, is the fifth most populous city with just over 127,000 residents.
There is a total of 627 incorporated cities throughout the state of Kansas. These cities are divided across 105 different counties. All incorporated areas are designated as cities, and there are no towns or villages in Kansas. The cities are divided into classes based on its population and/or platted lots. First class cities have populations of at least 15,000, second class cities have populations that fall between 2,000 and 15,000, while third class cities must have at least 300 residents or 300 platted lots with sewer and water lines. Even if population counts change, cities can keep their classification. However, if they decide to un-incorporate, they will have to meet any requirements in terms of population.