Missouri Facts

Missouri Facts
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Capital
Jefferson City

Became a State
August 10, 1821 (29th)

Location
midwestern United States

Area
69,704 sq. miles (21st)

Population
5,988,927 (18th)

Major Cities
Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Jefferson City, Columbia

Products
soybeans, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry, sorghum, eggs, hogs, cattle

Climate
humid continental climate: cold winters and hot humid summers

Yearly Precipitation
averages 34 inches

Professional Sports Teams
St, Louis Cardinals (Major League Baseball)
Kansas City Royals (National Football League)
St. Louis Blues (Hockey), Kansas City Wizards (soccer)
St. Louis Steamers (indoor soccer)

Major Waterways
Mississippi River, Missouri River

Most Famous Citizens
Josephine Baker (entertainer)
Omar Bradley (soldier)
Dale Carnegie (author, public speaker)
George Washington Carver (agronomist, chemist)
Mark Twain (author)
Walter Cronkite (journalist)
Ginger Rogers (actress)
T. S. Eliot (poet)
J. C. Penney (merchant)
Harry Truman (U.S. President)

State Symbols
Bird – Eastern Blurbird
Flower – Hawthorn
Animal – Mule
Tree – Flowering Dogwood
Insect – Honeybee