Missouri (MO)

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Missouri, the Show Me State, was admitted to the United States in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Located on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the state was an important hub of transportation and trade in early America, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a monument to Missouri’s role as the “Gateway to the West.”

St. Louis, Missouri is home to the Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, and has the country’s largest beer-producing plant.

Geography

Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by Iowa to the north, Illinois to the east, Tennessee and Arkansas to the south, and Kansas and Oklahoma to the west. The capital of Missouri is Jefferson City, which is located in the center of the state.

The geography of Missouri varies greatly from one region to another. The northern part of Missouri is dominated by rolling hills and valleys, while the southern part has more flat terrain. The Ozark Mountains dominate much of central and southern Missouri, providing scenic views and recreational opportunities. These mountains also serve as a natural barrier between Missouri’s two major rivers: the Mississippi River in the east and the Missouri River in the west.

The climate in Missouri ranges from humid continental in northern parts of the state to humid subtropical in southern areas. Summers are usually hot and humid with temperatures reaching up to 95°F (35°C). Winters can be cold with temperatures often dropping down below freezing (-18°C).

Missouri’s soil is generally fertile due to its location near two major rivers, making it suitable for growing crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, cotton and tobacco. The state also has abundant natural resources including coal, lead, zinc, iron ore and timber.

The population of Missouri is concentrated primarily along its two major rivers: St Louis on the Mississippi River in eastern Missouri; Kansas City on the Missouri River in western Missouri; Springfield near its geographic center; Columbia near its south-central border; Joplin near its southwestern border; Branson near its southwest corner; St Joseph near its northwest corner; Cape Girardeau along its southeastern border; Hannibal along its northeastern border; Rolla along its southwestern border; Poplar Bluff along its southeastern border; Jefferson City at its geographic center; Kirksville at its northernmost point; Columbia at its southernmost point; Sedalia at its westernmost point; West Plains at its easternmost point ;and Independence at an intersection between both rivers near Kansas City.

Overall, Missouri has a diverse geography with a wide variety of climates ranging from humid continental to humid subtropical regions as well as fertile soils suitable for growing crops such as corn or soybeans. Its abundant natural resources make it an important contributor to America’s economy while also providing recreational opportunities for visitors or residents alike who wish to explore this unique landscape.

Cities in Missouri

Below are the top 15 cities by population in Missouri. For all cities and towns in the state, please see Missouri cities list.

St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and is known for its iconic Gateway Arch, which stands tall over the Mississippi River. It’s home to the St. Louis Cardinals and a vibrant nightlife scene with a variety of bars, restaurants, and music venues. The city also has plenty of museums, including the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum. St. Louis also has a thriving arts scene with numerous galleries and performance spaces, as well as a world-renowned zoo. Additionally, there are many parks in the area that offer great outdoor activities like hiking and biking trails.

Kansas City is the second largest city in Missouri and is known for its jazz culture, BBQ restaurants, and unique neighborhoods like Westport and Crown Center. The city also offers many attractions such as Union Station, where you can take a ride on an old-fashioned steam locomotive or explore its science center; Worlds of Fun amusement park; Kansas City Zoo; Power & Light District; and Kauffman Stadium where you can catch a Royals game. There are also plenty of museums in Kansas City such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or the National World War I Museum & Memorial. Finally, there are many parks to explore including Loose Park which features a lake with paddleboats available for rent or enjoy live music at Starlight Theater during summer months.

Rank City Population
1 Kansas City 502,597
2 St. Louis 302,787
3 Springfield 168,603
4 Columbia 124,342
5 Independence 122,230
6 Lee’s Summit 100,772
7 O’Fallon 90,802
8 St. Joseph 73,138
9 St. Charles 70,218
10 Blue Springs 58,265
11 St. Peters 57,289
12 Florissant 52,382
13 Joplin 51,539
14 Chesterfield 49,675
15 Wentzville 43,213

Counties in Missouri

The State of Missouri consists of 115 counties. They are:

  1. Adair County, Missouri
  2. Andrew County, Missouri
  3. Atchison County, Missouri
  4. Audrain County, Missouri
  5. Barry County, Missouri
  6. Barton County, Missouri
  7. Bates County, Missouri
  8. Benton County, Missouri
  9. Bollinger County, Missouri
  10. Boone County, Missouri
  11. Buchanan County, Missouri
  12. Butler County, Missouri
  13. Caldwell County, Missouri
  14. Callaway County, Missouri
  15. Camden County, Missouri
  16. Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
  17. Carroll County, Missouri
  18. Carter County, Missouri
  19. Cass County, Missouri
  20. Cedar County, Missouri
  21. Chariton County, Missouri
  22. Christian County, Missouri
  23. Clark County, Missouri
  24. Clay County, Missouri
  25. Clinton County, Missouri
  26. Cole County, Missouri
  27. Cooper County, Missouri
  28. Crawford County, Missouri
  29. Dade County, Missouri
  30. Dallas County, Missouri
  31. Daviess County, Missouri
  32. DeKalb County, Missouri
  33. Dent County, Missouri
  34. Douglas County, Missouri
  35. Dunklin County, Missouri
  36. Franklin County, Missouri
  37. Gasconade County, Missouri
  38. Gentry County, Missouri
  39. Greene County, Missouri
  40. Grundy County, Missouri
  41. Harrison County, Missouri
  42. Henry County, Missouri
  43. Hickory County, Missouri
  44. Holt County, Missouri
  45. Howard County, Missouri
  46. Howell County, Missouri
  47. Iron County, Missouri
  48. Jackson County, Missouri
  49. Jasper County, Missouri
  50. Jefferson County, Missouri
  51. Johnson County, Missouri
  52. Knox County, Missouri
  53. Laclede County, Missouri
  54. Lafayette County, Missouri
  55. Lawrence County, Missouri
  56. Lewis County, Missouri
  57. Lincoln County, Missouri
  58. Linn County, Missouri
  59. Livingston County, Missouri
  60. Macon County, Missouri
  61. Madison County, Missouri
  62. Maries County, Missouri
  63. Marion County, Missouri
  64. McDonald County, Missouri
  65. Mercer County, Missouri
  66. Miller County, Missouri
  67. Mississippi County, Missouri
  68. Moniteau County, Missouri
  69. Monroe County, Missouri
  70. Montgomery County, Missouri
  71. Morgan County, Missouri
  72. New Madrid County, Missouri
  73. Newton County, Missouri
  74. Nodaway County, Missouri
  75. Oregon County, Missouri
  76. Osage County, Missouri
  77. Ozark County, Missouri
  78. Pemiscot County, Missouri
  79. Perry County, Missouri
  80. Pettis County, Missouri
  81. Phelps County, Missouri
  82. Pike County, Missouri
  83. Platte County, Missouri
  84. Polk County, Missouri
  85. Pulaski County, Missouri
  86. Putnam County, Missouri
  87. Ralls County, Missouri
  88. Randolph County, Missouri
  89. Ray County, Missouri
  90. Reynolds County, Missouri
  91. Ripley County, Missouri
  92. Saint Charles County, Missouri
  93. Saint Clair County, Missouri
  94. Saint Francois County, Missouri
  95. Saint Louis County, Missouri
  96. Saint Louis City, Missouri
  97. Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri
  98. Saline County, Missouri
  99. Schuyler County, Missouri
  100. Scotland County, Missouri
  101. Scott County, Missouri
  102. Shannon County, Missouri
  103. Shelby County, Missouri
  104. Stoddard County, Missouri
  105. Stone County, Missouri
  106. Sullivan County, Missouri
  107. Taney County, Missouri
  108. Texas County, Missouri
  109. Vernon County, Missouri
  110. Warren County, Missouri
  111. Washington County, Missouri
  112. Wayne County, Missouri
  113. Webster County, Missouri
  114. Worth County, Missouri
  115. Wright County, Missouri

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