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State of Missouri Governor Lieutenant Governor U.S. Senators U.S. House delegation Time zone Flag Seal Nickname(s): The Show-Me State (unofficial) Motto(s): Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin) before statehood, known as the Missouri Territory Abbreviations Website Jay Nixon (D) Peter Kinder (R) Kit Bond (R) Claire McCaskill (D) 5 Republicans, 4 Democrats (list) Central : UTC-6/-5 MO US-MO www.mo.gov
Official language(s) Demonym Capital Largest city Largest metro area Area - Total - Width - Length - % water - Latitude - Longitude Population - Total - Density - Median income Elevation - Highest point - Mean - Lowest point Admission to Union
English Missourian Jefferson City Kansas City Greater St Louis Area Ranked 21st in the US 69,704 sq mi (180,533 km²) 240 miles (385 km) 300 miles (480 km) 1.17 36° N to 40° 37′ N 89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W Ranked 18th in the US 5,911,605 (2008 est.) 5,595,211 (2000) 85.3/sq mi (32.95/km²) Ranked 28th in the US $32,705 (31st) Taum Sauk Mountain 1,772 ft (540 m) 800 ft (240 m) St. Francis River 230 ft (70 m) August 10, 1821 (24th)
Missouri (pronounced /mɨˈzʊəri/ ( listen), loc is a state in the Midwest region of the ally /mɨˈzʊərə/ United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Missouri is the 18th most populous state. It comprises 114 counties and one independent city. Missouri’s capital is Jefferson City. The four largest urban areas are, in descending order, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. Missouri was originally acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became defined as the Missouri Territory. Part of the Missouri Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state in August 10, 1821. Missouri mirrors the demographic, economic and political makeup of the nation with a mix of urban and rural culture. It has long been considered a political bellwether state. With the exception of the 1956 and 2008 presidential elections, Missouri’s election results have accurately predicted the next President of the United States since United States presidential election, 1904. It has both Midwestern and Southern cultural influences, reflecting its history as a border state. It is also a transition between the eastern and western United States, as St. Louis is often called the "western-most eastern city" and Kansas City the "eastern-most western city." Missouri’s geography is highly varied. The northern part of the state lies in dissected till plains while the southern part lies in the Ozark Mountains a (dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing the two. The confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers is located near St. Louis.
Etymology and pronunciation
The state is named after the Missouri River which in turn is named after the Siouan Indian tribe whose Illinois name, ouemessourita (wimihsoorita), means "those who have dugout canoes". The etymology lies
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behind Bob Dyer’s tribute song, "River of the Big Canoes". The pronunciation of the final syllable of "Missouri" is a matter of some controversy, with some insisting on a relatively tense vowel (as in "meet"), while others prefer a lax vowel ("mitt" or "mutt"). The most thorough study of the question was done by dialectologist Donald Max Lance. From a linguistic point of view, there is no correct pronunciation, but rather, there are simply patterns of variation, diachronic as well as synchronic, according to such divisions as geography, age, education, and/or rural vs. urban location. In general, the schwa vowel correlates with proximity to Kansas City, with older speakers (born before 1945), with lower levels of formal education and rural location. Lance notes less controversial but also systematic variations in pronunciation: the second consonant is most often voiced ("misery") but unvoiced by some speakers ("missive"), and the medial vowel is variously raised and unrounded ("lurk") or rounded ("lure").
made up "Little Dixie" were those along the Missouri River in the center of the state, settled by Southern migrants who held the greatest concentration of slaves. Residents of cities farther north and of the state’s large metropolitan areas, where most of the state’s population resides (Kansas City, St. Louis, and Columbia), typically consider themselves Midwestern. In rural areas and cities farther south, such as (Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Springfield, and Sikeston), residents typically selfidentify as more Southern. In 2005, Missouri received 16,695,000 visitors to its national parks and other recreational areas totaling 202,000 acres, giving it $7.41 mil. in annual revenues, 26.6% of its operating expenditures.
See also: List of Missouri state parks
A physiographic map of Missouri North of the Missouri River lie the Northern Plains that stretch into Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Here, gentle rolling hills remain behind from the glaciation that once extended from the north to the Missouri River. Missouri has many large river bluffs along the Mississippi, Missouri, and Meramec Rivers. Southern Missouri rises to the Ozark Mountains, a dissected plateau surrounding the Precambrian igneous St. Francois Mountains. The southeastern part of the state is the Bootheel region, part of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain or Mississippi embayment. This region is the lowest, flattest, and wettest part of the state, and among the poorest, as the economy is mostly agricultural. It is also the most fertile, with cotton and rice crops predominant. The Bootheel was the epicenter of the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811–1812.
Missouri, showing major cities and roads Missouri borders eight different states, as does its neighbor, Tennessee. No state in the U.S. touches more than eight states. Missouri is bounded on the north by Iowa; on the east, across the Mississippi River, by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; on the south by Arkansas; and on the west by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (the last across the Missouri River). The two largest Missouri rivers are the Mississippi, which defines the eastern boundary of the state, and the Missouri, which flows from west to east through the state, essentially connecting the two largest metros, Kansas City and St. Louis. Although today the state is usually considered part of the Midwest, historically Missouri was sometimes considered a Southern state, chiefly because of the settlement of migrants from the South and its status as a slave state before the Civil War. The counties that
Missouri generally has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa), with cold winters and hot and humid summers. In the southern part of the
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Monthly Normal High and Low Temperatures For Various Missouri Cities City Columbia Kansas City Springfield St. Louis  state, particularly in the Bootheel, the climate borders on a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cfa). Located in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extremes in temperatures. Without high mountains or oceans nearby to moderate temperature, its climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico.
Rock Mozarkite (1967)
Jan 37/18 36/18 42/22 38/21
Feb 44/23 43/23 48/26 44/26
Mar 55/33 54/33 58/35 55/36
Apr 66/43 65/44 68/44 67/46
May 75/53 75/54 76/53 76/57
Jun 84/62 84/63 85/62 85/66
Jul 89/66 89/68 90/67 90/71
Aug 87/64 87/66 90/66 88/69
Sep 79/55 79/57 81/57 80/60
Oct 68/44 68/46 71/46 68/48
Nov 53/33 52/33 56/35 54/37
Dec 42/22 40/22 46/26 42/26
See also: Missouri in the American Civil War
Missouri state insignia Motto Salus populi suprema lex esto (Latin, "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law") Show Me (unofficial) Bluebird (1927) Missouri Mule (1995) Channel Catfish (1997) Honey bee (1985) Hawthorn (1923) Flowering Dogwood (1955) "Missouri Waltz" (1949)
Slogan Bird Animal Fish Insect Flower Tree Song Quarter
The Gateway Arch behind the Old Courthouse in St. Louis Originally part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Missouri was admitted as a slave state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. It earned the nickname "Gateway to the West" because it served as a departure point for settlers heading to the west. It was the starting point and the return destination of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. River traffic and trade along the Mississippi was integral to the state’s economy. To try to control flooding, by 1860 the state had completed construction of 140 miles (230 km) of levees on the Mississippi. The state was site of the epicenter of the 1812 New Madrid earthquake, possibly the most powerful earthquake in the United States since the founding of the country. Casualties were light due to the sparse population. Originally the state’s western border was a straight line, defined as the meridian passing through the Kawsmouth, the point where the Kansas River enters the Missouri River. The river has moved since this designation. This line is known as the Osage Boundary. In 1835 the Platte Purchase was added to the northwest corner of the state after purchasing the land from the native tribes, making the Missouri River the border north of the Kansas River. This addition made what was already the largest state in the Union at the time (about 66,500 square miles (172,000 km2) to Virginia’s 65,000
Released in 2003 Grass Reptile Dance Fossil Dinosaur Gemstone Mineral Musical instrument Big bluestem (2007) Three-toed box turtle (2007) Square dance (1995) Crinoid (1989) Hypsibema missouriensis (2004)  Aquamarine Galena (1967) Fiddle (1987)
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square miles (which included West Virginia at the time) even larger. As many of the early settlers in western Missouri migrated from the Upper South, they brought along enslaved African Americans and a desire to continue their culture and the institution of slavery. They settled predominantly in 17 counties along the Missouri River, in an area of flatlands that enabled plantation agriculture and became known as "Little Dixie." In the early 1830s, Mormon migrants from northern states and Canada began settling near Independence and areas just north of there. Conflicts over slavery and religion arose between the ’old settlers’ (mainly from the South) and the Mormons (mainly from the North and Canada). The ’Mormon War’ erupted. By 1839 settlers expelled the Mormons from Missouri. Conflicts over slavery exacerbated border tensions among the states and territories. In 1838–1839 a border dispute with Iowa over the so-called Honey Lands resulted in both states’ calling up militias along the border. After many incidents with Kansans crossing the western border for attacks (including setting a fire in the historic Westport area of Kansas City), a border war erupted between Missouri and Kansas. From the 1830s to the 1860s, Missouri’s population almost doubled with every decade. Most of the newcomers were Americans, but many Irish and German immigrants arrived in the late 1840s and 1850s. Having fled famine, oppression and revolutionary upheaval, they were not sympathetic to slavery. Most Missouri farmers practiced subsistence farming. The majority of those who held slaves had fewer than 5 each. Planters, defined by historians as those holding 20 or more slaves, were concentrated in the counties known as "Little Dixie", in the central part of the state along the Missouri River. The tensions over slavery had chiefly to do with the future of the state and nation. In 1860 enslaved African Americans made up less than 10% of the state’s population of 1,182,012. After the secession of Southern states began, the Missouri legislature called for the election of a special convention on secession. The convention voted decisively to remain within the Union. Pro-Southern Governor Claiborne F. Jackson ordered the mobilization of several hundred members of the state militia who had gathered in a camp in St. Louis for training. Alarmed at this action, Union General Nathaniel Lyon struck first, encircling the camp and forcing the state troops to surrender. Lyon then directed his soldiers, largely nonEnglish-speaking German immigrants, to march the prisoners through the streets, and opened fire on the largely hostile crowds of civilians who gathered around them. Soldiers killed unarmed prisoners as well as men, women and children of St. Louis in the incident that became known as the "St. Louis Massacre."
These events heightened Confederate support within the state. Governor Jackson appointed Sterling Price, president of the convention on secession, as head of the new Missouri State Guard. In the face of General Lyon’s rapid advance in the state, Jackson and Price were forced to flee the capital of Jefferson City on June 14, 1861. In the town of Neosho, Missouri, Jackson called the state legislature into session. They enacted a secession ordinance, recognized by the Confederacy on October 30, 1861. With the elected governor absent from his capital and the legislators largely dispersed, Union forces installed an unelected pro-Union provisional government with Hamilton Gamble as provisional governor. President Lincoln’s Administration immediately recognized Gamble’s government as the legal government. This decision provided both pro-Union militia forces for service within the state and volunteer regiments for the Union Army. Fighting ensued between Union forces and a combined army of General Price’s Missouri State Guard and Confederate troops from Arkansas and Texas under General Ben McCulloch. After winning victories at the battle of Wilson’s Creek and the siege of Lexington, Missouri and suffering losses elsewhere, the Confederate forces had little choice but to retreat to Arkansas and later Marshall, Texas, in the face of a largely reinforced Union Army. Though regular Confederate troops staged some large-scale raids into Missouri, the fighting in the state for the next three years consisted chiefly of guerrilla warfare. "Citizen soldiers" such as Colonel William Quantrill, Frank and Jesse James, the Younger brothers, and William T. Anderson made use of quick, small-unit tactics. Pioneered by the Missouri Partisan Rangers, such insurgencies also arose in other portions of the Confederacy occupied during the Civil War. Recently historians have assessed the James brothers’ outlaw years as continuing guerrilla warfare after the official war was over. In 1930, there was a diphtheria epidemic in the area around Springfield which killed approximately 100 people. Serum was rushed to the area and stopped the epidemic. During the mid-1950s and 1960s, St. Louis suffered deindustrialization and loss of jobs in railroads and manufacturing as did other major industrial cities. At the same time highway construction made it easy for middle-class residents to leave the city for newer housing in the suburbs. The city has gone through decades of readjustment to developing a different economy. Suburban areas have developed separate job markets, both in knowledge industries and services, such as major retail malls.
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• • • • • • • • • • comedian Redd Foxx, comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer, comedian and social activist Dick Gregory, educator Susan Blow, businessman J.C. Penney, confederate guerillas & outlaws Jesse James, Frank James and Cole Younger, outlaw Belle Starr, political activist and author Phyllis Schlafly, talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh, General Omar Bradley, General John Joseph Pershing and Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer.
Famous Missourians include Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain and President Harry Truman. Clemens was born in 1835 in Florida, Missouri and lived in Hannibal, Missouri from 1839 until 1853. His best known books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were set in the town of Hannibal. His boyhood home is a museum. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri but lived in the Kansas City suburb of Independence for most of his life. Truman designated Independence as the site of his Presidential Library. Other notable persons born in Missouri include: • Astronomer Edwin Hubble, • scientist and inventor George Washington Carver, • psychologist Virginia E. Johnson, • zoologist Marlin Perkins, • painter Thomas Hart Benton, • dramatist and poet T.S. Eliot, author and poet Eugene Field, • animator & cartoonist Friz Freleng, • autobiographer and poet Maya Angelou, • novelist and poet Langston Hughes, • novelist and social critic William S Burroughs, • science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, • writer Dale Carnegie, • singer Josephine Baker, • singer Michael McDonald, • musician Chuck Berry, • musician Eminem, • songwriter & musician Sheryl Crow, • composer & pianist Burt Bacharach, • film director John Huston, • film director Robert Altman, • actor Ed Asner, • actor John Goodman, • actress Betty Grable, • actor Robert Guillaume, • actor Kevin Kline, • entertainer and professional athlete Jonathan Aldridge, • actor Vincent Price, • actor Scott Bakula, • actor Dick Van Dyke, • actress Kathleen Turner, • actress Linda Blair, • rapper Nelly, • broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, • basketball player and former US Senator Bill Bradley, • baseball player & manager Yogi Berra, • baseball player & announcer Joe Garagiola, • baseball player Casey Stengel, • rapper Smooth Whyte, • baseball announcer Harry Caray, • boxers Leon Spinks & Michael Spinks, • golfer Hale Irwin,
Missouri Population Density Map Historical populations Census Pop. 1810 19,783 1820 66,586 1830 140,455 1840 383,702 1850 682,044 1860 1,182,012 1870 1,721,295 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2,168,380 2,679,185 3,106,665 3,293,335 3,404,055 3,629,367 3,784,664 3,954,653 4,319,813 4,676,501 4,916,686 5,117,073 5,595,211
%± — 236.6% 110.9% 173.2% 77.8% 73.3% 45.6% 26.0% 23.6% 16.0% 6.0% 3.4% 6.6% 4.3% 4.5% 9.2% 8.3% 5.1% 4.1% 9.3%
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Demographics of Missouri (csv) By race 2000 (total population) 2000 (Hispanic only) 2005 (total population) 2005 (Hispanic only) Growth 2000–05 (total population) Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only) Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only) White 86.90% 1.96% 86.54% 2.49% 3.23% 2.57% 32.07% Black 11.76% 0.12% 12.04% 0.14% 6.15% 5.94% 26.42% AIAN* 1.08% 0.07% 1.03% 0.07% -0.57% -1.34% 10.52% Asian 1.37% 0.03% 1.61% 0.03% 21.83% 21.81% 22.82%
NHPI* 0.12% 0.01% 0.13% 0.01% 10.71% 10.99% 8.09%
* AIAN is American Indian or Alaskan Native; NHPI is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Est. 2008 5,911,605  5.7% In 2007, Missouri had an estimated population of 5,878,415; an increase of 283,204 (5.1 percent) since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase of 137,564 people since the last census (480,763 births less 343,199 deaths), and an increase of 88,088 people due to net migration into the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 50,450 people, and migration within the country produced a net increase of 37,638 people. Over half of Missourians (3,145,584 people, or 56.2%) live within the state’s two largest metropolitan areas–St. Louis and Kansas City. The state’s population density 81.2 in 2000, is also closer to the national average (79.6 in 2000) than any other state. The U.S. Census of 2000 found that the population center of the United States is in Phelps County, Missouri. The center of population of Missouri itself is located in Osage County, in the city of Westphalia. As of 2004, the population included 194,000 foreignborn (3.4 percent of the state population). The five largest ancestry groups in Missouri are: German (23.5 percent), Irish (12.7 percent), American (10.5 percent), English (9.5 percent) and French (3.5 percent). "American" includes some of those reported as Native American or African American, but also European Americans whose ancestors have lived in the United States for a considerable time. German Americans are an ancestry group present throughout Missouri. African Americans are a substantial part of the population in St. Louis, Kansas City, and in the southeastern Bootheel and some parts of the Missouri River Valley, where plantation agriculture was once important. Missouri Creoles of French ancestry are concentrated in the Mississippi River Valley south of St. Louis. Approximately 40,000-50,000 recent Bosniak immigrants live mostly in the St. Louis area. In 2004, 6.6 percent of the state’s population was reported as younger than 5 years old, 25.5 percent younger than 18, and 13.5 percent was 65 or older. Females were approximately 51.4 percent of the population. 81.3 percent of Missouri residents were high school graduates (more than the national average), and 21.6 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. 3.4 percent of Missourians were foreign-born, and 5.1 percent reported speaking a language other than English at home. In 2000, there were 2,194,594 households in Missouri, with 2.48 people per household. The homeownership rate was 70.3 percent, and the mean value of an owneroccupied dwelling was $89,900. The median household income for 1999 was $37,934, or $19,936 per capita. There were 11.7 percent (637,891) Missourians living below the poverty line in 1999. The mean commute time to work was 23.8 minutes.
Of those Missourians who identify with a religion, three out of five are Protestants. There is also a moderatesized Roman Catholic community in some parts of the state; approximately one out of five Missourians are Roman Catholic. Areas with large Catholic communities include St. Louis, Westplex, and the Missouri Rhineland, particularly that south of the Missouri River. The St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas also have important Jewish communities who have contributed much to the culture and charities of the cities. More recent Indian and Pakistani immigrants have created Hindu and Muslim congregations as well. The religious affiliations of the people of Missouri according to the American Religious Identification Survey: • Christian – 77% • Protestant • Baptist – 22% • Methodist – 7% • Episcopal – 4% • Lutheran – 4% • Other Protestant – 12% • Roman Catholic – 19% • Latter-Day Saint – 1%* • Other or unspecified Christian – 8% • Other religions – 2%
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• Not religious – 15% • No answer – 5% The largest denominations by number of adherents in 2000 were the Roman Catholic Church with 856,964; the Southern Baptist Convention with 797,732; and the United Methodist Church with 226,578. Several religious organizations have headquarters in Missouri, including the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which has its headquarters in Kirkwood, as well as the United Pentecostal Church International in Hazelwood, both outside St. Louis. Kansas City is the headquarters of the Church of the Nazarene. Independence, outside of Kansas City, is the headquarters for the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), and the Latter Day Saints group Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This area and other parts of Missouri are also of significant religious and historical importance to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), which maintains several sites/visitors centers, and whose members make up about 1 percent of Missouri’s population. Springfield is the headquarters of the Assemblies of God and the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. The General Association of General Baptists has its headquarters in Poplar Bluff. The Pentecostal Church of God is headquartered in Joplin. The Unity Church is headquartered in Unity Village.
Tourism, services and wholesale/retail trade follow manufacturing in importance. Personal income is taxed in 10 different earning brackets, ranging from 1.5 percent to 6.0 percent. Missouri’s sales tax rate for most items is 4.225 percent. Additional local levies may apply. More than 2,500 Missouri local governments rely on property taxes levied on real property (real estate) and personal property. Most personal property is exempt, except for motorized vehicles. Exempt real estate includes property owned by governments and property used as nonprofit cemeteries, exclusively for religious worship, for schools and colleges and for purely charitable purposes. There is no inheritance tax and limited Missouri estate tax related to federal estate tax collection. Missouri is the only state in the Union to have two Federal Reserve Banks: one in Kansas City (serving western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, northern New Mexico, and Wyoming) and one in St. Louis (serving eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and all of Arkansas).
The state of Missouri has two major airport hubs: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the fourth largest worldwide hub for American Airlines. It is the largest and busiest airport in Missouri.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Missouri’s total state product in 2006 was $225.9 billion. Per capita personal income in 2006 was $32,705, ranking 26th in the nation. Major industries include aerospace, transportation equipment, food processing, chemicals, printing/publishing, electrical equipment, light manufacturing, and beer. The agriculture products of the state are beef, soybeans, pork, dairy products, hay, corn, poultry, sorghum, and eggs. Missouri is ranked 6th in the nation for the production of hogs and 7th for cattle. Missouri is ranked in the top five states in the nation for production of soy beans. As of 2001, there were 108,000 farms, the second largest number in any state after Texas. Missouri actively promotes its rapidly growing wine industry. Missouri has vast quantities of limestone. Other resources mined are lead, coal, Portland cement, and crushed stone. Missouri produces the most lead of all of the states. Most of the lead mines are in the central eastern portion of the state. Missouri also ranks first or near first in the production of lime.
Two of the nation’s three busiest rail centers are located in Missouri. Kansas City is a major railroad hub for BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad. Kansas City is the second largest freight rail center in the US. Like Kansas City, St. Louis is a major destination for train freight. Amtrak passenger trains serve Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Warrensburg, Hermann, Kirkwood, Sedalia, and Poplar Bluff. The only urban light rail/subway system in Missouri is the St. Louis MetroLink which connects the City of St. Louis with suburbs in Illinois and St. Louis County. It is one of the largest (track mileage) systems in the USA. In 2007 preliminary planning was being performed for a light rail system in the Kansas City area, but was defeated by voters in November 2008. The Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center in St. Louis is the largest active multi-use transportation center in the state. It is located in Downtown St. Louis next to the historic St. Louis Union Station complex. It
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serves as a hub center/station for the city’s rail system St. Louis MetroLink and regional bus system MetroBus, Greyhound, Amtrak and city taxi services. Springfield remains an operational hub for BNSF Railway.
Interstate 35, around Kansas City),
Interstate 435 (Perimeter Interstate 635
Interstate 44 Interstate 55, Interstate 155, Interstate 255 (the perimeter around the Illinois side of St. Louis) Interstate 57 Interstate 64 Interstate 70, Interstate 170, Interstate 270 (the perimeter around the Missouri side of St. Louis), Interstate 470, Interstate 670
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• Daniel Boone Bridge looking out on the Missouri River early in the morning. • •
Interstate 72 Interstate 49 (Proposed) Interstate 66 (Proposed)
The Mississippi River and Missouri River are commercially navigable over their entire lengths in Missouri. The Missouri was channelized through dredging and jettys and the Mississippi was given a series of locks and dams to avoid rocks and deepen the river. St. Louis is a major destination for barge traffic on the Mississippi River.
United States Routes
North-south routes • • • • • • • U.S. Route 59 U.S. Route 159 U.S. Route 61 U.S. Route 63 U.S. Route 65 U.S. Route 67 U.S. Route 69 U.S. Route 169 U.S. Route 71 U.S. Route 275 East-west routes • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • U.S. Route 412 U.S. Route 24 U.S. Route 36 U.S. Route 136 U.S. Route 40 U.S. Route 50 U.S. Route 54 U.S. Route 56 U.S. Route 60 U.S. Route 160 U.S. Route 460 (decommissioned in Missouri) U.S. Route 62 U.S. Route 66 (decommissioned) U.S. Route 166 U.S. Route 400
Missouri License Plate unit 2008 • Several highways, detailed below, traverse the state. Following the passage of Amendment 3 in late 2004, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) began its Smoother, Safer, Sooner road-building program with a goal of bringing 2,200 miles (3,500 km) of highways up to good condition by December 2007. From 2006-2008 traffic deaths have decreased annually from 1,257 in 2005 ... to 1,096 in 2006 ... to 974 for 2007 ... to 941 for 2008. • •
See also: List of Missouri state highways and Missouri Supplemental Route
• Interstate 29, Interstate 229
Law and government
Missouri Government Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon (D) Lieutenant Governor of Missouri: Peter Kinder (R)
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Missouri Attorney General: Missouri Secretary of State: Missouri State Auditor: Missouri State Treasurer: Senior United States Senator: Junior United States Senator: Chris Koster (D) Robin Carnahan (D) Susan Montee (D) Clint Zweifel (D) Kit Bond (R) Claire McCaskill (D) 1976 47.47% 927,443 1968 44.87% 811,932 1964 35.95% 653,535 1960 49.74% 962,221 1956 49.89% 914,289 1952 50.71% 959,429 1948 41.49% 655,039 1944 48.43% 761,524 1940 47.50% 871,009 1936 38.16% 697,891 1932 35.08% 564,713 1928 55.58% 834,080 1924 49.58% 648,486 1920 54.56% 727,162 1916 46.94% 369,339 1912 29.75% 207,821 1908 48.50% 347,203 1904 49.93% 321,449 1900 45.94% 314,092 51.10% 998,387 43.74% 791,444 50.26% 972,201 50.11% 918,273 49.14% 929,830 58.11% 917,315 51.37% 807,804 52.27% 958,476
1.42% 27,770 0.00% None 11.39% 206,126 0.00% None 0.00% None 0.15% 2,803 0.39% 6,274 0.20% 3,146 0.23% 4,244
1972 62.29% 1,154,058 37.71% 698,531
50.92% 1,164,344 0.00% None
The current Constitution of Missouri, the fourth constitution for the state, was adopted in 1945. It provides for three branches of government: the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The legislative branch consists of two bodies: the House of Representatives and the Senate. These bodies comprise the Missouri General Assembly. The House of Representatives has 163 members who are apportioned based on the last decennial census. The Senate consists of 34 members from districts of approximately equal populations. The judicial department comprises the Supreme Court of Missouri, which has seven judges, the Missouri Court of Appeals (an intermediate appellate court divided into three districts, sitting in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield), and 45 Circuit Courts which function as local trial courts. The executive branch is headed by the Governor of Missouri and includes five other statewide elected offices. Following the Election of 2008, all but one of Missouri’s statewide elected offices are held by Democrats.
60.76% 1,111,043 1.08% 19,701 63.69% 1,025,406 1.22% 19,775 44.15% 662,562 43.79% 572,753 43.13% 574,799 50.59% 398,032 47.35% 330,746 48.41% 346,574 46.02% 296,312 51.48% 351,922 0.27% 4,079 6.63% 86,719 2.32% 30,839 2.46% 19,398 22.89% 159,999 3.08% 22,150 4.05% 26,100 2.58% 17,642
Laissez-faire alcohol and tobacco laws
Status as a political bellwether
Further information: Political party strength in Missouri Missouri is widely regarded as a state bellwether in American politics. The state has a longer stretch of supporting the winning presidential candidate than any other state, having voted with the nation in every election since 1904 with two exceptions: in 1956 when they voted for Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois over the winner, incumbent President Dwight Eisenhower of Kansas, and in 2008 when they voted for Senator John McCain of Arizona over national winner Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, both by extremely narrow margins. Past Presidential Elections Results Year Republican Democratic Third Parties 2008 49.39% 1,445,814 49.25% 1,441,911 1.36% 39,889 2004 53.30% 1,455,713 46.10% 1,259,171 0.60% 16,480 2000 50.42% 1,189,924 47.08% 1,111,138 2.50% 58,830 1996 41.24% 890,016 1992 33.92% 811,159 47.54% 1,025,935 11.22% 242,114 44.07% 1,053,873 22.00% 526,238 0.00% None 4.49% 94,461
The packaging plant at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis, where Budweiser beer is produced. Missouri has been known for its population’s generally "stalwart, conservative, noncredulous" attitude toward regulatory regimes, which is one of the origins of the state’s unofficial nickname, the "Show-Me State." As a result, and combined with the fact that Missouri is one of America’s leading alcohol and tobacco-producing states, regulation of alcohol and tobacco in Missouri is among the most laissez-faire in America. With a large German immigrant population and the development of a brewing industry, Missouri always has had among the most permissive alcohol laws in the
1988 51.83% 1,084,953 47.85% 1,001,619 0.32% 6,656 1984 60.02% 1,274,188 39.98% 848,583 1980 51.16% 1,074,181 44.35% 931,182
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United States. It never enacted statewide prohibition. Missouri voters rejected prohibition in three separate referenda in 1910, 1912, and 1918. Alcohol regulation did not begin in Missouri until 1934. Today, alcohol laws are controlled by the state government, and local jurisdictions are prohibited from going beyond those state laws. Missouri has no statewide open container law or prohibition on drinking in public, no alcohol-related blue laws, no local option, no precise locations for selling liquor by the package (thus allowing even drug stores and gas stations to sell any kind of liquor), and no differentiation of laws based on alcohol percentage. Missouri had no laws prohibiting "consumption" of alcohol by minors (as opposed to possession), and state law protects persons from arrest or criminal penalty for public intoxication. Missouri law expressly prohibits any jurisdiction from going dry. Missouri law also expressly allows parents and guardians to serve alcohol to their children. The Power & Light District in Kansas City is one of the few places in the United States where a state law explicitly allows persons over the age of 21 to possess and consume open containers of alcohol in the street (as long as the beverage is in a plastic cup).  See also: Smoking laws of Missouri As for tobacco, as of December 2008 Missouri has the second-lowest cigarette excise taxes in the United States (behind only South Carolina) at 17 cents per pack, and the electorate voted in 2002 and 2006 to keep it that way. In 2007, Forbes named Missouri’s largest metropolitan area, St. Louis, America’s "best city for smokers."  Missouri has the third highest percentage of adult smokers of any U.S. state. No statewide smoking ban ever has been seriously entertained before the Missouri General Assembly, and in October 2008, a statewide survey by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found that only 27.5% of Missourians support a statewide ban on smoking in all bars and restaurants. Missouri state law permits bars, restaurants which seat less than 50 people, bowling alleys, and billiard parlors to decide their own smoking policies, without limitation. Additionally, in Missouri, it is "an improper employment practice" for an employer to refuse to hire, to fire, or otherwise to disadvantage any person because that person lawfully uses alcohol and/or tobacco products when he or she is not at work.
independent city of St. Louis City has only 62 square miles (160 km2) of area. St. Louis City is the most densely populated area in Missouri. The largest county by population (2000 U.S. Census) is St. Louis County (1,016,315 residents), with Jackson County the second (654,880 residents). Worth County is the least populous, with 2,382 residents.
Important cities and towns
See also: List of cities in Missouri and List of towns and villages in Missouri The seven largest cities in Missouri are Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Independence, Columbia, Lee’s Summit, and O’Fallon. St. Louis is the principal city of the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, comprising seventeen counties and the independent city of St. Louis; eight of those counties lie in the state of Illinois. As of 2007, Greater St. Louis was the 18th largest metropolitan area in the nation with 2.81 million people. However, if ranked using Combined Statistical Area, it is 16th largest with 2.87 million people. Some of the major cities making up the St. Louis Metro area in Missouri include St. Charles, St. Peters, Florissant, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, O’Fallon, Clayton, Ballwin, and University City. Kansas City is Missouri’s largest city and the principal city of the fifteen-county Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area, including six counties in the state of Kansas. As of 2008, it was the 29th largest metropolitan area in the nation, with 2.002 million people. Some of the other major cities comprising the Kansas City metro area in Missouri include Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Raytown, Liberty, and Gladstone. Branson is a major tourist attraction in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri. Columbia Branson Cape Girardeau Jefferson City
Saint Joseph Kansas City Saint Louis Springfield
See also: List of counties in Missouri Missouri has 114 counties and one independent city (St. Louis). The largest county by size is Texas County (1,179 sq. miles) and Shannon County is second (1,004 sq. miles). Worth County is the smallest (266 sq. miles). The
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institution and largest university in the state is the University of Missouri in Columbia. The others in the system are University of Missouri–Kansas City, University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. A. T. Still University was the first osteopathic medical school in the world. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, originally the University of Health Sciences, was the first medical school in Kansas City.
Missouri State Board of Education
The Missouri State Board of Education has general authority over all public education in the state of Missouri. It is made up of eight citizens appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate.
Jesse Hall and the Francis Quad on the University of Missouri campus.
Primary and secondary schools
See also: List of school districts in Missouri and List of high schools in Missouri Education is compulsory from ages seven to sixteen in Missouri, commonly but not exclusively divided into three tiers of primary and secondary education: elementary school, middle school or junior high school and high school. The public schools system includes kindergarten to 12th grade. District territories are often complex in structure. In some cases, elementary, middle and junior high schools of a single district feed into high schools in another district. High school athletics and competitions are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association or MSHSAA. Homeschooling is legal in Missouri and is an option to meet the compulsory education requirement. It is neither monitored or regulated by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education A supplemental education program, the Missouri Scholars Academy, provides an extracurricular learning experience for gifted high school students in the state of Missouri. The official MSA website describes the goals of the Academy to be as such: "The academy reflects Missouri’s desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential."
Brookings Hall at Washington University Notable highly rated private institutions include Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. Lincoln University in Jefferson City is one of a number of historically black colleges and universities. Founded in 1866, it was created by members of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Troops as "Lincoln Institute", to provide education to freedmen. It was created on a model of combining academics and labor. In 1921, the state officially recognized the growth of Lincoln’s undergraduate and graduate programs by classifying it as a university. The institution changed its name to "Lincoln University of Missouri." In 1954, the university began to accept applicants of all races. To develop new teachers for needed public schools, in 1905 the state established a series of normal schools at colleges in each region of the state. This was based on the widely admired German model of public education. Normal schools were for the training of teachers of students in primary/elementary schools. The initial network consisted of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) in Springfield, Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State
Colleges and universities
See also: List of colleges and universities in Missouri The University of Missouri System is Missouri’s statewide public university system, the flagship
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University) in Kirksville, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, and University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) in Warrensburg. Within several years, the normal school curriculum expanded to a full four years of academic subjects. There are numerous junior colleges, trade schools, church universities and private universities in the state. The state also funds a $2000, renewable merit-based scholarship, Bright Flight, given to the top 3 percent of Missouri High School graduates who attend a university in-state. The 19th c. border wars between Missouri and Kansas have continued as a sports rivalry between the University of Missouri and University of Kansas. The rivalry is chiefly expressed through football and basketball games between the two universities. It is the oldest college rivalry west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest in the nation. Each year when the universities meet to play, the game is coined "Border Showdown." An exchange occurs following the game where the winner gets to take a historic marching band drum, which has been passed back and forth for decades.
Former professional sports teams
• : • St. Louis Cardinals (moved from Chicago in 1960; moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1988 and are now the Arizona Cardinals) • St. Louis All Stars (active in 1923 only) • Kansas City (NFL) (Blues/Cowboys) (active 1924–1926, folded) • St. Louis Gunners (independent team, joined the NFL for the last three weeks of the 1934 season and folded thereafter) • : • St. Louis Browns (moved from Milwaukee in 1902; moved to Baltimore, Maryland after the 1953 season and are now the Baltimore Orioles) • Kansas City Athletics (moved from Philadelphia in 1955; moved to Oakland, California after the 1967 season and are now the Oakland Athletics • : • St. Louis Bombers (charter BAA franchise in 1946, joined the NBA when it formed in 1949; ceased operations in 1950) • St. Louis Hawks (moved from Milwaukee in 1955; moved to Atlanta in 1968 and are now the Atlanta Hawks) • Kansas City Kings (moved to Sacramento in 1985 and are now the Sacramento Kings) • : • Kansas City Scouts (1974 expansion team, moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies, and would move again to Newark, New Jersey; now called the New Jersey Devils) • St. Louis Eagles (1934 relocation of the original Ottawa Senators, folded after the 1934-35 season) • : Teams in Kansas City and St. Louis.
• Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals • Football: St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs • Hockey: St. Louis Blues (NHL) and St. Louis Chill (MWHL) • Soccer: Kansas City Wizards • Indoor Soccer: St. Louis Steamers and Kansas City Comets • Arena Football: Kansas City Brigade and River City Rage (UIFL) • Tennis: Kansas City Explorers, Springfield Lasers and St. Louis Aces • Cycling: Tour of Missouri
• Baseball: • Springfield Cardinals (Class AA, Texas League) • Mid-Missouri Mavericks (Independent, Frontier League) • River City Rascals (Independent, Frontier League) • Farmington Firebirds (Independent, KIT League) • Marysville Magpies (Independent, Jayhawk League) • Nevada Griffins (Independent, Jayhawk League) • Sikeston Bulls (Independent, KIT League) • St. Joseph Blacksnakes (Independent, American Association) • Ice Hockey: • Kansas City Blades (Central Hockey League) • St. Louis Chill (Midwest Hockey League)
• USS Missouri, a U.S. Navy Iowa class battleship, was named in honor of the state.
The use of the unofficial nickname the Show-Me State has several possible origins. The phrase "I’m from Missouri" means I’m skeptical of the matter and not easily convinced. This is related to the state’s unofficial motto of "Show Me," whose origin is popularly ascribed to an 1899 speech by Congressman Willard Vandiver, who declared that "I come from a country that raises corn and cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri, and you have got to show me." However, according to
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researchers, the phrase was in circulation earlier in the 1890s. According to another legend, the phrase was a reference to Missouri miners brought to Leadville, Colorado to take the place of striking miners and being unfamiliar with the mining methods there required frequent instruction. It has also been known as the Puke State, perhaps on account of an 1827 gathering at the Galena Lead Mines. George Earlie Shankle  "...so many Missourians had assembled, that those already there declared the State of Missouri had taken a ’puke.’" Within the state, “pukes” referred before the Civil War to impoverished citizens who nonetheless supported slavery, the equivalent of “poor white trash.” Walt Whitman has listed “pukes” as a nickname for Missourians. Missouri is also known as "The Cave State" with over 6000 recorded caves (second to Kentucky). Perry County has both the largest number of caves and the single longest cave in the state. Other nicknames include "The Lead State", "The Bullion State", "The Ozark State", "Mother of the West", "The Iron Mountain State", "The Puke State" and "Pennsylvania of the West". There is no official state nickname however the official state motto is "Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto,", Latin for "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law."
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Preceded by Maine List of U.S. states by date of statehood Admitted on August 10, 1821 (24th) Succeeded by Arkansas
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• • • • • • • Missouri Government State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia Missouri’s African American History Missouri State Tourism Office Energy & Environmental Data for Missorui USGS real-time, geographic, and other scientific resources of Missouri U.S. Census Bureau. • Missouri QuickFacts. Geographic and demographic information. • Missouri - Race and Hispanic Origin: 1810 to 1990PDF (71.1 KiB) Missouri State Facts List of searchable databases produced by Missouri state agencies hosted by the American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable. Missouri at the Open Directory Project
Coordinates: 38°30′N 92°30′W / 38.5°N 92.5°W / 38.5; -92.5