State Abbreviation MO
State Capital Jefferson City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 69,704 sq miles; Land Only: 68,886 sq miles
Number of Counties 114
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Highest Point Taum Sauk Mountain, 1,772 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 6,083,672
State Population Density 88.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 314, 417, 557, 573, 636, 660, 816, 975
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Kansas City (459,787)
St. Louis (319,294)
State American Folk Dance Square dance
State Amphibian American bullfrog
State Animal Missouri mule
State Aquatic Animal Paddlefish
State Bird Bluebird
State Dessert Ice cream cone
State Dinosaur Hypsibema missouriense
State Fish Channel catfish
State Flower Hawthorn
State Fossil Crinoid
State Game Bird Bobwhite quail
State Grape Norton/Cynthiana grape
State Grass Big bluestem
State Horse Missouri fox trotting horse
State Insect Honeybee
State Invertebrate Crayfish
State Mineral Galena
State Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law)
State Musical Instrument Fiddle
State Nickname Show-me State
State Reptile Three-toed box turtle
State Rock Mozarkite
State Song Missouri Day
State Tree Flowering dogwood
State Tree Nut Eastern black walnut
•The state of Missouri was named after a tribe of Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The word "Missouri" means "wooden canoe people" or "he of the big canoe."
•The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. It stands 630 feet tall.
•Richland, Missouri, is the only city in the U.S. with a cave restaurant.
•Kansas City, Missouri has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome. Hence Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains.
•St. Joseph, Missouri was the starting point of the famed Pony Express.
•In 1873, Susan Elizabeth Blow opened the first public kindergarten in the United States in St. Louis.
•Eight different states border Missouri, making it the state with the highest number of neighboring states. Tennessee also has eight bordering states.
•Missouri has more than 6000 known caves.
•In University City, Missouri, it is illegal for a person to have a yard sale on the front yard.
•Missouri is one of two states with an official State Grape. Missouri's State Grape is Norton/Cynthiana grape.
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