Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone|
||Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee|
|Highest Point||Taum Sauk Mountain, 1,772 feet|
|State Population (2015)||6,083,672|
|State Population Density||88.3 people / square mile|
||314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Kansas City (459,787)
St. Louis (319,294)
Government & Legislature
|State American Folk Dance||Square dance|
|State Amphibian||American bullfrog|
|State Animal||Missouri mule|
|State Aquatic Animal||Paddlefish|
|State Dessert||Ice cream cone|
|State Dinosaur||Hypsibema missouriense|
|State Fish||Channel catfish|
|State Game Bird||Bobwhite quail|
|State Grape||Norton/Cynthiana grape|
|State Grass||Big bluestem|
|State Horse||Missouri fox trotting horse|
||Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)|
|State Musical Instrument||Fiddle|
|State Reptile||Three-toed box turtle|
|State Song||Missouri Day|
|State Tree Nut||Eastern black walnut|
|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)
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)
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.
This page was last updated on August 29, 2016.