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State Facts

Full Name

State of Missouri

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

August 10, 1821 (24th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

5,595,211 (17th)

Land Area (Rank)

68,886 square miles; 178,414 square kilometers (18th)


Jefferson City

Postal Abbreviation


State Nickname

Show-me State


Salus populi suprema lex esto (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)


“Missouri Waltz” (music by John Valentine Eppel, words by Jim R. Shannon)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Hawthorn blossom
  • Tree: Flowering dogwood
  • Bird: Eastern bluebird
  • Mineral: Galena
  • Stone: Mozarkite
  • Animal: Mule
  • Musical Instrument: Fiddle
  • Fish: Channel catfish


  • Agriculture:
    • Cattle,
    • soybeans,
    • hogs,
    • dairy products,
    • corn,
    • poultry and eggs
  • Industry:
    • Transportation equipment,
    • food processing,
    • chemical products,
    • electric equipment,
    • fabricated metal products