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Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation MO
State Capital Jefferson City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles
Number of Counties 114
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Highest PointTaum Sauk Mountain, 1,772 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)6,083,672
State Population Density88.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Kansas City (459,787)
St. Louis (319,294)
Springfield (159,498)
Independence (116,830)
Columbia (108,500)

Government & Legislature

Statehood August 10, 1821
Electoral Votes10
State Flag Missouri State Flag
GovernorOfficial Missouri Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Missouri
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Missouri
State SenatorsList of Missouri State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Missouri State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionMissouri State Constitution
Road ConditionsMissouri Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 4, 2003

State Symbols

State American Folk DanceSquare dance
State AmphibianAmerican bullfrog
State AnimalMissouri mule
State Aquatic AnimalPaddlefish
State Bird Bluebird
State DessertIce cream cone
State DinosaurHypsibema missouriense
State FishChannel catfish
State Flower Hawthorn
State FossilCrinoid
State Game BirdBobwhite quail
State GrapeNorton/Cynthiana grape
State GrassBig bluestem
State HorseMissouri fox trotting horse
State InsectHoneybee
State InvertebrateCrayfish
State MineralGalena
State Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
State Musical InstrumentFiddle
State Nickname Show-me State
State ReptileThree-toed box turtle
State RockMozarkite
State SongMissouri Day
State Tree Flowering dogwood
State Tree NutEastern black walnut

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs
NHL: St. Louis Blues
NCAA Division I Schools University of Missouri (Southeastern)
University of Missouri – Kansas City (WAC)
Missouri State University (Missouri Valley)
Saint Louis University (Atlantic 10)
Southeast Missouri State University (Ohio Valley)


State Gas Tax$0.1730 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.17 / Pack

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Missouri

Nobel Prize Winners

  • T.S. Eliot (Literature, 1948)
  • Steven Chu (Physics, 1997)
  • Jack Kilby (Physics, 2000)
  • Roger D. Kornberg (Chemistry, 2006)

United States Presidents

  • Harry S. Truman (33rd President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Jim Finks (Administrator. Inducted in 1955)
  • Cal Hubbard (Tackle. Inducted in 1963)
  • Jimmy Conzelman (Quarterback, Coach. Inducted in 1964)
  • Kellen Winslow (Tight End. Inducted in 1995)
  • Roger Wehrli (Cornerback. Inducted in 2007)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Carl Hubbell (Pitcher. Inducted in 1947)
  • Zack Wheat (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1959)
  • Pud Galvin (Pitcher. Inducted in 1965)
  • Jake Beckley (First Baseman. Inducted in 1971)
  • Yogi Berra (Catcher. Inducted in 1972)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Bill Bradley (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 1983)
  • Forrest DeBernardi (Center. Inducted in 1961)
  • Bob Kurland (Center. Inducted in 1961)
  • Ed Macauley (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1960)
  • Jo Jo White (Guard. Inducted in 2015)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Pat LaFontaine (Center. Inducted in 2003)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Wallace Beery
  • John Goodman
  • Geraldine Page
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Jane Wyman

Famous Singers

  • Helen Cornelius
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Eminem

Missouri Fun Facts

  • The state of Missouri was named after a tribe of Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The word "Missouri" means "wooden canoe people" or "he of the big canoe."
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. It stands 630 feet tall. 
  • Richland, Missouri, is the only city in the U.S. with a cave restaurant.
  • Kansas City, Missouri has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome. Hence Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains.
  • St. Joseph, Missouri was the starting point of the famed Pony Express.
  • In 1873, Susan Elizabeth Blow opened the first public kindergarten in the United States in St. Louis.
  • Eight different states border Missouri, making it the state with the highest number of neighboring states. Tennessee also has eight bordering states.
  • Missouri has more than 6000 known caves.
  • In University City, Missouri, it is illegal for a person to have a yard sale on the front yard.
  • Missouri is one of two states with an official State Grape. Missouri's State Grape is Norton/Cynthiana grape.

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