Missouri (MO)

MO heading facts

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”

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

Zip Codes:   Missouri Zip Codes




State Symbols

Bird: Bluebird | List of State Birds

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 adopted 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:   Gateway Arch, Lewis and Clark and York returning down Missouri River  Missouri Quarter | 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

Border States: Arkansas | Illinois | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Nebraska | Oklahoma | Tennessee | List of US Regions

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

National Parks:


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:  SenateHouse

Constitution: Missouri’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  10 Votes



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