Missouri

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Missouri
State of Missouri
Nickname(s): 
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
Anthem: Missouri Waltz
Map of the United States with Missouri highlighted
Map of the United States with Missouri highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodMissouri Territory
Admitted to the UnionAugust 10, 1821 (24th)
CapitalJefferson City
Largest cityKansas City
Largest metroGreater St. Louis
Government
 • 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)
Area
 • Total69,715 sq mi (180,560 km2)
 • Land68,886 sq mi (179,015 km2)
Area rank21st
Dimensions
 • Length300 mi (480 km)
 • Width240 mi (390 km)
Elevation
800 ft (244 m)
Highest elevation1,772 ft (540 m)
Lowest elevation230 ft (70 m)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total6,137,428
 • Rank18th
 • Density87.1/sq mi (33.7/km2)
 • Density rank30th
 • Median household income
$53,578[2]
 • Income rank
37th
Demonym(s)Missourian
Language
 • Official languageEnglish
 • Spoken language
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
USPS abbreviation
MO
ISO 3166 codeUS-MO
Trad. abbreviationMo.
Latitude36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
Longitude89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W
Websitewww.mo.gov
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[3]
FoodDessert: Ice cream
FossilCrinoid
GemstoneBeryl
InstrumentFiddle
MineralGalena
RockMozarkite
SoilMenfro
SongMissouri Waltz
OtherPaw-paw (fruit tree)[4]
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. "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  2. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Missouri Governor declares not just any Bourbon can be called Missouri bourbon". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved July 24, 2019.

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

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