Missouri (MO)


Quick Facts

Capital City: Jefferson City

Abbreviation:  MO

Population (2019): 6,044,171; Rank: 18 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region: South

Admission to Statehood: August 10, 1821 (24th State)

State Motto: Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto which is Latin for “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law” 

State Nickname: Show Me State

Origin of State Name:  Named after Missouri Indian tribe whose name means “town of the large canoes”

Sports Teams: Find the best High School, College, League, and Professional sports teams of Missouri State

Bordering States: The State of Missouri has 8 neighbors namely, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. | List of US Regions

Area Codes: 314, 417, 573, 636, 660, 816

Zip Codes:   Missouri Zip Codes

Famous People:   Find out all the information about the famous people born in Missouri

State Symbols

Bird: Bluebird | List of State Birds

Animal: Missouri Mule (Equus asinus x Equus caballus)

State Grape: Norton/Cynthiana Grape

Flag:. Centered on red, white and blue fields is the Missouri state seal. It is encircled by a blue band with twenty-four stars representing the number of states in 1821. The stars in the inner circle have the same meaning. Two huge grizzly bears support the circular shield in the center which has three parts:

  1. The motto “United We Stand,Divided we Fall”
  2. The right section representingthe United States
  3. The left section containing a moon representing a new state and a grizzly bear standing for courage.
  4. The flag was designed by Mrs. Marie Elizabeth Oliver of Cape Girardeau. Missouri Flag was adopted in 1913. Get this Flag

Flower:   Hawthorn (Crataegus) | Other State Flowers

Soil:  Menfro

Song:  “Missouri Waltz” | Words by: J.R. Shannon | Music by: John V. Eppel. Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) | Other State Trees

Quarter:   Missouri Quarter shows a Gateway Arch, Lewis and Clark and York returning down Missouri River | List of State Quarters



Missouri on a map


Area: 69,709 sq.mi (180,546 sq.km.), 21st

Land: 68,898 sq.mi. (178,445 sq.km.), 18th

Water: 811 sq.mi. (2,100 sq.km.), 34th


Largest Cities: Kansas City | Saint Louis | Springfield | Independence | Columbia | Lee’s Summit | O’Fallon | Saint Joseph | Saint Charles | Blue Springs

Highest Point: Taum Sauk Mountain ; 1,772 feet, (540 m.), 41st tallest

Lowest Point: Missouri; 230 feet, 29th lowest

Geographic Center:  Miller, 20 miles southwest of Jefferson City

Blank Outline Maps: Find printable blank map of the State of Missouri , without names, so you can quiz yourself on important locations, abbreviations, or state capital.

City Guide:  Visit Missouri City Guide for a look at geography, local history, architecture, and culture.


Absolute Center: 38°29.7’N / 92°37.9’W

Relative Center: Miller, 20 miles southwest of Jefferson City

Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor: Mike Parson (R)

Senators:  Roy Blunt (R) Josh Hawley (R)

Representatives:  Senate, House

Constitution: Missouri’s Constitution

Government Offices Directory:  Find all information here at the Missouri government offices directory

Electoral College Votes:  10 Votes

Vital Records: Find out all the information about the vital records for the state of Missouri


Agriculture: Cattle, soybeans, hogs, dairy products, corn, poultry and eggs.

Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, chemical products, electric equipment, fabricated metal products.

White Pages:   Missouri White Pages