The State of Missouri is located in the Midwestern region of the United States and is the 24th state to be admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. Missouri is a beautiful state with a lot of fun and exciting things to do and is a great place to visit while you are on a road trip across America. It is also a great place to live and raise a family, with a reasonable cost of living, and in 2020, the state will have an estimated population of 6,160,281 people.
In this article, we will explore some quick facts about the great state of Missouri, so read along.
20 facts about the state of Missouri
1. The largest city in Missouri is Kansas City, which has an estimated population of 509,000.
2. With an estimated population of 43,300, the state’s capital city is Jefferson City. The city is named after the 3rd President of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson and is home to the 62nd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops.
3. Missouri is bordered by eight states; Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, Kansas.
4. It officially became part of the United States on August 10, 1821, a few years after the war of 1812 against Britain and its Canadian colony (Canada was still a British colony at the time).
5. The state is known by the following nicknames; Show Me State, Cave State and Mother of the West.
6. The state’s slogan or motto is; Let the good of the people be the supreme law.
7. It has a total area of 69,715 sq mi.
8. Over 90% of the population in Missouri speaks English.
9. With an elevation of 1,772 feet (540 m), the highest point in the state is Mount Taum Sauk.
10. The state is named after the Missouri River.
11. The average median household income in the state is $53,578.
12. St. Louis is the second-largest city in Missouri but the most popular city due to its many sports teams and iconic structures such as the Gateway Arch.
13. The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis is 623 feet tall, making it one of the most towering artificial monuments in the world.
14. The Missouri state bird is the Eastern bluebird.
15. The state flower of Missouri is the Crataegus punctata.
16. Three of Missouri’s lakes include Spring Lake, Hunnewell Lake, and Lower Taum Sauk Lake (an excellent place to fish).
17. Missouri is famously known for having the highest number of neighboring states at 8.
18. The State House of Representatives in Jefferson City has 163 seats.
19. Missouri is home to at least 99 counties.
20. Missouri has produced some of the world’s most famous writers and celebrities, such as Mark Twain, Edwin Hubble, Harry S. Truman, Brad Pitt, and Walt Disney.