The earliest known resident of what would become the town of Kansas was James Tittle, who purchased land and settled in the area in November 1822; others soon followed suit. The town was named after the state of Kansas. The first post office was established in 1855. In March 1865, during the Civil War, Union cavalry under the command of Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson raided Kansas in search of food for his troops and their animals. The town has been damaged twice by tornadoes. The first in 1917 significantly damaged the town and left two dead. The second occurred in 1961. The town was incorporated in 1956.
According to 2020 Census estimates, Kansas recorded a population of 129. Of that number, 96.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white and 3.9 percent as two or more races. The town’s median household income was $40,625, and the per capita income was $21,281.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Kansas was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (25.0 percent)
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (23.8 percent)
- Retail trade (19.6 percent)
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (17.7 percent)
- Construction (8.9 percent)
- Information (3.6 percent)
- Manufacturing (3.6 percent)
- Other services, except public administration (3.6 percent)
- Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.8 percent)
- Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (1.8 percent)
- Wholesale trade (1.8 percent)
Students in Kansas attend Walker County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
State Highway 118 runs through the northeastern section of Kansas running northwest-southeast. U.S. Highway 78 is located about three miles north of town, running northwest-southeast.
Events and Places of Interest
On the Saturday before Memorial Day each year, the town celebrates “Kansas Day,” which features food and an auction. All proceeds from the celebration go to the upkeep of the Kansas Veterans Memorial Park.
Walker County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Walker County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.