Missouri (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Petr Novák

Missouri is a state in the American Midwest, the land was once purchased from the French. The state’s name comes from the language of the Sioux Indian tribe, who used the word ouemessourita to refer to “those who have hollowed out canoes”. The state’s name is often misspelled as Missouri, Missouri or Missoury.

Missouri (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of Missouri / Where is Missouri?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic Information About Missouri
  2. What to See in the State of Missouri
  3. Fun Facts about Missouri
  4. Missouri Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Missouri
  6. Food Prices in Missouri
  7. State Symbols of Missouri

Basic Information About Missouri

What to See in the State of Missouri

  1. Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis
  2. City of Branson – the capital of live country
  3. Kansas City National World War I Museum and Memorial
  4. Missouri State Botanical Garden in Saint Louis
  5. St. Louis Zoological Garden
  6. Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
  7. Lake Table Rock
  8. The Titanic Museum in Branson
  9. Civil War Museum in Saint Louis
  10. Ha Ha Tonka State Park

You can post tips for other sights and places of interest in Missouri in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Missouri

Date of Missouri’s entry into the Union

August 10, 1821 (24th in order)

Missouri State Nickname

The Show Me State

The Highest Mountain in Missouri

Taum Sauk Mountain (540 metres)

Rivers in Missouri

  1. Missouri River (3,770 km)
  2. Mississippi River (3,730 km)
  3. White River (1,162 km)
  4. Des Moines River (845 km)
  5. St. Francis River (686 km)

Airports in Missouri

  1. St. Louis International Airport
  2. Kansas City International Airport
  3. Springfield-Branson National Airport
  4. Branson Airport
  5. Colulmbia Regional Airport

Missouri Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): Kansas City Chiefs
  • MLB (baseball): Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals
  • MLS (soccer): St. Louis MLS
  • NHL (ice hockey): St. Louis City SC
  • NBA (basketball): no team

Universities in Missouri

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • University of Missouri

ZIP codes


Weather in Missouri | Average Temperatures in Missouri | Average Precipitation in Missouri

Missouri Weather

There are four seasons in Missouri, with summers being hot and muggy and winters being cool. Temperatures in Missouri range between -7 °C and +5 °C in January, and generally between 21 °C and 32 °C in summer.

In terms of natural events, Missouri is often plagued by thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Current Forecasts:

Largest Cities in Missouri

# City Population Map
1 Kansas City 495,327 Show on Map
2 St. Louis 300,576 Show on Map
3 Springfield 167,882 Show on Map
4 Columbia 123,195 Show on Map
5 Independence 116,672 Show on Map
6 Lees Summit 99,357 Show on Map
7 O’Fallon 88,673 Show on Map
8 Saint Joseph 74,875 Show on Map
9 St. Charles 71,028 Show on Map
10 St. Peters 58,212 Show on Map

Food Prices in Missouri

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $7.00
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $4.50
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.53
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.59
  • Milk (1 l): $0.79
  • Bread (500 g): $1.99
  • Rice (1 kg): $3.12
  • Egg (12 pcs): $2.05
  • Cheese (1 kg): $11.73
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $9.14
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $13.75
  • Apple (1 kg): $4.73
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.53
  • Oranges (1 kg): $3.85
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $3.59
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $2.63
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $2.33
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $2.32
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.00

Grocery prices in the city of St. Louis effective January 2021. Take these as a guide, prices vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Missouri Flag | Missouri State Emblem

State Symbols of Missouri

  • Invertebrate:langusta
  • Dessert: ice cream
  • Dinosaur: parrosaurus
  • Fossils: lily
  • Insects: bees
  • Musical instrument: goose
  • Horse: Missouri Fox Trotter
  • Flower: spotted hawthorn
  • Mineral: Galenite
  • Animal: Wolverine
  • Grape variety: Norton
  • Nut Tree: Black Walnut
  • Song: Missouri Waltz
  • Plasma: Carolina three-toed tortoise
  • Bird: Blue Jay
  • Fish: American welshman, spotted catfish
  • Tree: flowering dogwood
  • Holiday: Missouri Day – third Wednesday in October
  • Dance: Square Dance
  • Animal: mule

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