Missouri is known for:
- Ozark Mountains
- Scenic rivers
- Italian food
- Mark Twain
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|
|National Parks||Gateway Arch National Park|
|State Population (2020)||6,154,913|
|State Population Density||89.3 people / square mile|
||314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Kansas City (497,159)
St. Louis (297,645)
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)
Popular Tourist Attractions
- City Museum: Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Country Club Plaza: Shopping center in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Crown Center: Commercial neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Gateway Arch: Monument in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Grant's Farm: Former Busch family estate, located in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Lake of the Ozarks: Reservoir in central Missouri.
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Botanical garden in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Saint Louis Science Center: Science museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Saint Louis Zoo: Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Silver Dollar City: Theme park in Branson, Missouri.
- Six Flags St. Louis: Theme park in Eureka, Missouri.
- Table Rock Lake: Reservoir in southwestern Missouri.
- The Magic House: Children's museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Titanic Museum: Museum in Branson, Missouri.
- Worlds of Fun: Amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri.
Popular Iconic Missouri Foods
Missouri is famous for the following foods:
- St. Louis-Style Pizza
- Toasted Ravioli
- Gooey Butter Cake
- St. Paul Sandwich
- Pork Steaks
- Red Hot Riplets
- St. Louis-Style Ribs
Famous People Born In Missouri
Nobel Prize Winners
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
- Ed Macauley (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1960)
- Forrest DeBernardi (Center. Inducted in 1961)
- Bob Kurland (Center. Inducted in 1961)
- Bill Bradley (Guard-Forward. Inducted in 1983)
- Jo Jo White (Guard. Inducted in 2015)
- Cotton Fitzsimmons (Coach. Inducted in 2021)
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
- Helen Cornelius
- Sheryl Crow
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 January 30, 2023.