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Missouri Facts

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This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Missouri. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



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 Point Taum Sauk Mountain, 1,772 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 6,083,672
State Population Density 88.3 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 Votes 10
State Flag Missouri State Flag
Governor Official Missouri Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Missouri
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Missouri
State Senators List of Missouri State Senators
State Representatives List of Missouri State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Missouri State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date June 26, 2015
Road Conditions Missouri Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 4, 2003

State Symbols

State American Folk Dance Square dance
State Amphibian American bullfrog
State Animal Missouri mule
State Aquatic Animal Paddlefish
State Bird Bluebird
State Dessert Ice cream cone
State Dinosaur Hypsibema missouriense
State Fish Channel catfish
State Flower Hawthorn
State Fossil Crinoid
State Game Bird Bobwhite quail
State Grape Norton/Cynthiana grape
State Grass Big bluestem
State Horse Missouri fox trotting horse
State Insect Honeybee
State Invertebrate Crayfish
State Mineral Galena
State Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
State Musical Instrument Fiddle
State Nickname Show-me State
State Reptile Three-toed box turtle
State Rock Mozarkite
State Song Missouri Day
State Tree Flowering dogwood
State Tree Nut Eastern 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)

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

  • 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)

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.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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