37 Interesting Facts About Missouri

Last updated on July 11th, 2021

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

Onondaga Cave in Onondaga Cave State Park in Leasburg, Missouri.
Onondaga Cave in Onondaga Cave State Park in Leasburg, Missouri.

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

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.[13]

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 AbbreviationMO
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
Length300 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
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020