Missouri – Show Me State was admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821
Missouri (MO), a mid-western state with over six million residents is ranked the 18th most populous state in the nation. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and Columbia.
The state capitol is located in Jefferson City, which is located on the Missouri River.
MO has been inhabited by humans for more than 12,000 years. The Mississippian culture built towns and mounds that declined in in the 1300s. Europeans arrived in the 1600s encountering the Osage and Missouria nations.
The French founded Louisiana, New France and founded Ste. Genevieve in 1735 and then St. Louis in 1764. The United States purchased the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Missouri played a critical role in the westward expansion of the United States, memorialized by the Gateway Arch. Interestingly, The Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail and the California Trail began in Missouri.
As a border state, Missouri’s role in the Civil War was complex and many conflicts occurred in the state. After the war, St. Louis and Kansas City became centers of the industrialization and business.
Well known people from Missouri are: U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Mark Twain, Walt Disney, Chuck Berry and Nelly.
Missouri is home to some of the larges companies including: Monsanto, Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Edward Jones, H&R Block, Wells Fargo Advisors, O’Reilly Auto Parts and many more.
Missouri is divided into 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
Nicknames: Show Me State – Cave State – Mother of the West
Capitol – Jefferson City
Largest City – Kansas City
Largest Metro – Greater St. Louis
Total Area – 69,704 square miles
Width – 240 miles
Length – 300 miles
Water – 1.17%
Population – Ranked 18th with 6,093,000 (2016 estimate)
Median Household Income – $59,196
Admission to Union – August 10, 1821
Governor – Eric Greitens (R)
Lieutenant Governor – Mike Parsons (R)
U.S. Senators: Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R)
U.S. House Delegation: Lacy Clay (D) Ann Wagner (D) Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) Vicky Hartzler (R) Emanuel Cleaver (D) Sam Graves (R) Billy Long (R) Jason T. Smith (R)
Time Zone: Central
ISO 3166: US-MO
Abbreviations: MO or Mo.