Missouri Facts

State Location Missouri Location In The US
State Abbreviation MO
Statehood August 10, 1821
State Capital Jefferson City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles
Number of Counties 114
State Population (2015)6,083,672
State Population Density88.3 people / square mile
Electoral Votes10
State Quarter Issue Date August 4, 2003
State Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
State Flower Hawthorn
State Tree Flowering dogwood
State Bird Bluebird
Nickname Show-me State
State Flag Missouri State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.1730 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.17 / Pack
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)
Major Sports Teams MLB: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs
NHL: St. Louis Blues

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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