Welcome to Missouri
Missouri is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. The Missouri state is divided into 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
Missouri’s unofficial nickname is the “Show Me State”, which appears on its license plates and it is also known as the “Cave State” because there are more than 6,300 recorded caves in the Missouri state.
The capital city of Missouri is Jefferson City but the largest city of Missouri is Kansas City.
Missouri is the 18th-most populous state of the U.S with over six million residents.
Missouri is bordered by Iowa to the north,Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois (via the Mississippi River) to the east, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma to the west and Arkansas to the south.
Missouri has a humid continental climate in general with cold snowy winters and hot, humid and wet summers but in the southern part of the Missouri state the summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold to mild.
Missouri can often experiences extreme temperatures because the climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic or the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico.
Missouri is located in Tornado Alley (an area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent) and receives extreme weather in the form of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. The Joplin tornado in 2011 destroyed roughly one-third of the city of Joplin, Missouri.
The agriculture products of the Missouri state are beef, pork, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry, sorghum, cotton, and eggs. Missouri is also ranked in the top five states in the nation for production of soy beans, and it is ranked fourth in the nation for the production of rice.
Missouri has over 100,000 farms, the second-largest number in any state after Texas.
Monsanto is one of the largest biotech companies in the United States and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Missouri is also a major center of beer brewing and Anheuser-Busch is the largest producer of beer in the world.
Tourism is important in Missouri and tourism benefits from the many rivers, caves, parks, lakes and more.
Another popular tourist destination in Missouri is Gateway Arch, a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis, Missouri, completed on October 28, 1965 and officially dedicated to “the American people”. The Gateway Arch has become an internationally recognized symbol of St. Louis. The monument is clad in stainless steel and is the world’s tallest arch.
Table Rock Lake (an artificial lake in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas), Lake of the Ozarks (a reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri) and Branson (A city in the Ozark Mountains) is othe popular tourist destinations.
Quick facts about Missouri
- Nickname: Show Me State
- Capital city: Jefferson City
- Largest city: Kansas City
- Area: 69,715 sq mi (180,560 km²) (ranked 21th of 50)
- Population: 6,126,452 (2018) (ranked 18 of 50)
- Highest point: Taum Sauk Mountain
- Lowest point: St. Francis River (at Arkansas border)
- Latitude: 36° 0′ N to 40° 37′ N
- Longitude: 89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W
- Bordering states: Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas