Last updated on April 29th, 2020
28. Missouri is also known as the Cave State. It has more than 6,000 caves.
29. Kansas City and St. Louis are home to more than half of the state’s population.
30. Regarded as a home of barbecue, Kansas City boasts more than 100 BBQ restaurants, offering delicacies from ribs, burnt ends, and pork. The city hosts one of the greatest barbecue events- the American Royal BBQ- from September through November. Activities range from BBQ competitions, vendor fairs, kids fun days, and live music.
31. Missouri is home to almost 10,000 farms which cover 66% of the state’s total land area. The average size of a farm in Missouri is 269 acres and they are generally family owned and operated. Soybean and corn are the state’s top crops.
32. Springfield, MO is a renaissance city for youths. It is a good place for scholars, offering 22 colleges plus a leading public university in the state of Missouri. Most of the old buildings have been restored and turned into coffee shops, lofts, music venues, offices, boutiques, and restaurants.
33. Columbia, the fourth most populous city in Missouri was once a home of Mound Builders during the prehistoric era. This was a large community of native Americans that built mounds from Mississippi River to the mountains of Appalachian. Most of the mounds they managed to create are found in Ohio and Mississippi.
34. St. Charles, a restored city situated on Missouri River welcomes guests thanks to its strategic location and entry to the Louisiana Purchase, a western territory. Historic characters including Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark played an important role in shaping the town into what it is today. These brave pioneers left exploits at the historical sites of St. Charles.
35. According to Money Magazine St. Peters is the best place to live in Missouri and among the top 100 residential areas in America. Houses are quite affordable in St. Peters and the schools here do better than the state’s average scores especially in Math and languages.
36. Known for Arch Nemesis, the city of O’Fallon offers unique pizzas that are not made with the usual Provel cheese which many people crave for. Rather, the pizza sold in O’Fallon restaurants is cooked with Zesty Pizza Loaf, a less flavorful, and a less expensive option.
37. Lee’s Summit began as a small town of Strother with 11 blocks adjacent to Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks. Today, Lee’s Summit has a well-developed downtown that came out of the 11 blocks. Major events happen in the Downtown District including Lee’s Summit Farmers Market.
Missouri – Quick Facts and State Symbols
|State Capital||Jefferson City|
|Largest City||Kansas City|
|State Size||Total (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles|
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
|Statehood||August 10, 1821|
|State rank by population||18th|
|State rank by date of formation||24th|
|State rank by area||21st|
|Number of Counties||114
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|Bordering States||Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee|
|Highest Point||Taum Sauk Mountain
1,772 ft (540 m)
|Lowest point||St. Francis River at Arkansas border
230 ft (70 m)
|Mean elevation||800 feet above sea level|
|Length||300 miles (480 km)|
|Width||240 miles (390 km)|
|Governor||Mike Parson (R)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Mike Kehoe (R)|
|State Motto||Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)|
|State Nickname||Bullion State
Show Me State
|Nobel Prize Winners||Jack Kilby (Physics, 2000)
Roger D. Kornberg (Chemistry, 2006)
T.S. Eliot (Literature, 1948)
Steven Chu (Physics, 1997)
|Famous people||Roger Wehrli (Pro Football player)
Yogi Berra (Baseball player)
Jo Jo White (Basketball player)
Pat LaFontaine (Hockey player)
John Goodman (Actor)
|U.S. President Born in Missouri||1. Harry S. Truman.|
|State animal||Missouri mule|
|State Game Bird||Bobwhite Quail|
|State Reptile||Three-toed box turtle|
|State Horse||Missouri Fox Trotting Horse|
|State Dinosaur||Hypsibema missouriensis|
|State Tree||Flowering Dogwood|
|Longitude||89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W|
|Latitude||36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N|
|Area Codes||314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975|
|Table last updated||June 8, 2020|