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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)

Capital

Jefferson City

Postal Abbreviation

MO

State Nickname

Show-me State

Motto

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

Song

“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

Economy

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