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State of Missouri
Flag of Missouri State seal of Missouri
Flag Seal
Show Me State, Cave State, and Mother of the West
Motto(s): Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin) Let the good of the people be the supreme law
State song(s): "Missouri Waltz"
Map of the United States with Missouri highlighted
Official languageEnglish
Spoken languages
CapitalJefferson City
Largest cityKansas City
Largest metroGreater St. Louis
AreaRanked 21st
 • Total69,715 sq mi
(180,560 km2)
 • Width240 miles (390 km)
 • Length300 miles (480 km)
 • % water1.17
 • Latitude36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
 • Longitude89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W
PopulationRanked 18th
 • Total6,113,532 (2017 est.)[1]
 • Density87.1/sq mi  (33.7/km2)
Ranked 30th
 • Median household income$59,196[2] (22nd)
 • Highest pointTaum Sauk Mountain[3]
1,772 ft (540 m)
 • Mean800 ft  (244 m)
 • Lowest pointSt. Francis River at Arkansas border
230 ft (70 m)
Before statehoodMissouri Territory
Admission to UnionAugust 10, 1821 (24th)
GovernorMike Parson (R)
Lieutenant GovernorMike Kehoe (R)
LegislatureMissouri General Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsRoy Blunt (R)
Josh Hawley (R)
U.S. House delegation6 Republicans
2 Democrats (list)
Time zoneCentral: UTC −6/−5
AbbreviationsMO, Mo.
Missouri state symbols
Flag of Missouri.svg
Seal of Missouri.svg
Living insignia
AmphibianAmerican bullfrog
BirdEastern bluebird
FishChannel catfish
FlowerWhite hawthorn
GrassBig bluestem
Horse breedMissouri Fox Trotter
InsectWestern honey bee
MammalMissouri Mule
TreeFlowering Dogwood
Inanimate insignia
DanceSquare dance
DinosaurHypsibema missouriensis[4]
FoodDessert: Ice cream
State route marker
Missouri state route marker
State quarter
Missouri quarter dollar coin
Released in 2003
Lists of United States state symbols

Missouri is one of the 50 states in the United States. Its capital is Jefferson City. Its largest cities are Kansas City and Saint Louis. Some other cities are Columbia (which is where the University of Missouri is), and Springfield.

Missouri officially became a state on August 10, 1821.

Missouri's edges touch a total of eight states: Iowa lies to the north; to the east, across the Mississippi River, are Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; Arkansas lies to the south; and on the west are Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (Kansas and Nebraska are across the Missouri River).

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Missouri: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Preceded by
List of U.S. states by date of statehood
Admitted on August 10, 1821 (24th)
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 38°30′N 92°30′W / 38.5°N 92.5°W / 38.5; -92.5