Missouri Facts

Missouri Facts
Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populated of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis. See the fact file below for more information on the state of Missouri.
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Jefferson City

Became a State
August 10, 1821 (29th)

midwestern United States

69,704 sq. miles (21st)

5,988,927 (18th)

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

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

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