30 Interesting Facts About Missouri

Last updated on December 4th, 2019

28. Missouri is also known as the Cave State. It has more than 6,000 caves.[14]

29. Kansas City and St. Louis are home to more than half of the state’s population.[11]

30. 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.[13]

Missouri – Quick Facts and State Symbols

State AbbreviationMO
Table last updated13th May, 2019
State CapitalJefferson City
Largest CityKansas City
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodAugust 10, 1821
State rank by population18th
State rank by date of formation24th
State rank by area21st
Number of Counties114
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Bordering StatesArkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointTaum Sauk Mountain
1,772 ft (540 m)
Lowest pointSt. Francis River at Arkansas border
230 ft (70 m)
Mean elevation800 feet above sea level
Length 300 miles (480 km)
Width240 miles (390 km)
GovernorMike Parson (R)
Lieutenant GovernorMike Kehoe (R)
Electoral Votes10
State MottoSalus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
State NicknameBullion State
Cave State
Gateway State
Lead State
Ozark State
Show Me State
% Water1.17
Nobel Prize WinnersJack Kilby (Physics, 2000)
Roger D. Kornberg (Chemistry, 2006)
T.S. Eliot (Literature, 1948)
Steven Chu (Physics, 1997)
Famous peopleRoger Wehrli (Pro Football player)
Yogi Berra (Baseball player)
Jo Jo White (Basketball player)
Pat LaFontaine (Hockey player)
John Goodman (Actor)
Eminem (Singer)
U.S. President Born in Missouri1. Harry S. Truman.
State animalMissouri mule
State AmphibianBullfrog
State BirdBluebird
State Game Bird
Bobwhite Quail
State ReptileThree-toed box turtle
State HorseMissouri Fox Trotting Horse
State DinosaurHypsibema missouriensis
State FlowerHawthorn
State Insect
State FossilCrinoid
State TreeFlowering Dogwood
Longitude89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W
Latitude36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
Time ZoneCentral
Area Codes314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975