Missouri State: Population, Rankings, and Facts

#32 in Overall Ranking out of 50 in 2021

According to the new census data, Missouri is the 18th most populated state in the United States. The name is derivative from the Missouri River, which with its splendor around, presents a captivating view. This, coupled with the architectural treasures, charming downtown, quaint boutiques, and cuisine, make the cities and towns very idyllic places to live in.

Updated: April 16, 2021
  • Area
    69,715 SQ. MI.
  • Capital
  • Population
  • Income
  • Home Value
  • Crime
  • Unemployment
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Poverty
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure

Missouri has an illustrious history. Initially, it was populated by indigenous tribes. Over time, as settlers moved towards the West, the population dynamics and the overall map of the land changed into today.  

It is located in the Midwestern region and is the 24th state that joined the Union on August 10th, 1821. St. Louis is the second-largest city in the area but the most famous. The capital is Jefferson City, and it is regarded as the most beautiful small town in America. Most people in the area speak English, but many Latin-speaking Americans have also settled here, making Latino the second most popular language. The median age here is 38.6 years.

The Missouri abbreviation is MO, and the nickname is “Cave State,” it comes from the evidence that there are over 7300 caves. The official flag comprises three corresponding straight red, white, and blue stripes. In the center, there is the coat of arms. This is likewise the authorized logo of the state. 

Throughout history, fur trade and commercial agriculture were the core business in the early stages. The settlements that happened later included Native Americans and slave labor, which played a crucial role in developing the state. 

Later, the rural area got industrialized. The depression had little effect on the state’s growth; the population and commercial growth were rapid. During the Great Depression, railroads’ development fueled massive population and commercial growth despite severe declines.

The land has three distinct regions: the Northern Plains, Ozark Plateau, and Mississippi Alluvial plain. Sprawling over 1.5 million acres, “The Mark Twain” national forest is a pride of the state.

The diversity of flora and fauna with various endemic species is a unique feature of the area. One can expect weather extremities during winter and summer.  The temperature recorded at the extremes so far has been +48° C and −40° C.

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Missouri Rankings

  • Population
    Data: 6,137,428

    The general population had increased by 2.3% since 2010 and ranked 18th. This is with half of the Missourians living in the two largest and fast-growing cities. This increase is considered marginal. Surprisingly, less than 45,000 people live in the Capital City.

  • Median Income
    Income in $
    Data: $53,578

    According to the latest census data, the median income is $53,578. This is a considerable decrease from the year 2018, when the figure stood at $61,726. The most common job groups amongst Missourians are Elementary & middle school teachers, drivers, sales workers, and registered nurses.

  • Home Value
    Home Value
    Data: $ 180,253

    The typical home value is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of dwellings. The prices have gone up 9.1% over the past year. This is $40,000 less compared to Illinois. A forecast is that the value will touch the $200K mark soon.

  • Unemployment Rate
    Data: 4.4%

    The most popular jobs are teaching in elementary and middle-level schools, sales workers, and truck drivers. The government provides good employment opportunities, but a perennial reliance on manufacturing and the auto industry accounts for the poor Missouri unemployment rate. Major car manufacturers have relocated to overseas markets in search of highly skilled labor.

  • Poverty
    Data: 13.1%

    The largest demographic earning below minimum wage is females between 18-24, followed by females 25-34. Males are third, with the poorest being 18-24. Even employed people are below the poverty line but one-fifth of the above ratios.

  • Education
    Data: 28.2%

    Education is provided by public and private schools, colleges, universities, and public library systems. Missouri State University is the most famous institution of higher learning in the area. 28.2% of the population have a Bachelor's degree or higher, below the national average of 36% as of 2019.

  • Medicine
    Health Outcomes: 38

    The Missouri Alliance for the Environment is an agency tasked with educating and advocating for the defense of citizens. The agency provides critical information on healthcare services, the environment, Covid19 response, public parks, and recreational facilities. There has been a lot of technological uptake progress, especially with the adoption of technologies less reliant on fossil fuels.

  • Crime Rate
    Violent Crime: 30,380

    With violent and property crime rates being above national levels, the safety record is not great or good. The crimes are mainly in urban areas. There were 30 380 cases of violent crime, which is a very high figure for such a comparatively small population. Burglary, rape, aggravated assault, and larceny-theft were lower in 2018 compared to 2019.

  • Natural Environment
    Air: 0

    The distinct ecological and geological regions have made the Missourian environment very diverse. The urban ecosystem consists of 6 million people living in 960 cities and small towns. Wetlands cover 2% of the estate. There are efforts to convert these wetlands into protected ecological areas.

  • Infrastructure
    Poor Roads: 2.20 %

    The road conditions, the strength of bridges define the infrastructure of the state. 2.2% of the roads are in poor conditions, and this is a commendable achievement given the national average stands at 20% as of 2017. The recent grant of around $80 million to build a bridge over the main river may improve the conditions and ranking.

Missouri Facts

  • The official motto is “Salus Populi suprema lex esto,” which means ” Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”
  • The 24 stars in the center circle of the MO flag indicate that this jurisdiction is the 24th member of the Union.
  • Missouri State Parks and the State Fair are some of the most significant tourism earning activities. 
  • Fishing is a popular pastime in a lot of cities in the area. A fishing license is just as standard as a driving license.  A driver’s license is a must-have in the place, irrespective of age. 
  • The “Show me state” can also be called “Read me State” as most famous writers Mark Twain, T.S. Elliot, Tennessee Williams, and Sara Teasdale are from the area.
  • Harry Truman was the only United States President to hail from Missouri.
  • Walt Disney lived in his childhood in MO. Brad Pitt is another celebrity from the region.
  • The first successful parachute jump from an airplane happened at the Jefferson Barracks military post on March 1st, 1912.
  • Funding for education and conservation comes from the official sales tax, currently at 4.23%.  The property tax (1.01%) is used for different municipal services.
  • The state bird is the Eastern Bluebird, whereas the state flower is the Crataegus punctata.
  • The only cave restaurant in the United States is in Richland.
  • The City of St. Louis is named after King Louis IV of France.

Missouri in Photos

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FAQ Section

  • Where Is Missouri?

    MO is landlocked by eight states: Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. The region has more neighboring states than any other U.S. jurisdiction. The Missouri River cuts through the land flowing Eastwards through Jefferson City and joins the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

  • What Time Zone Is Missouri?

    It uses the Central Standard Time (CST) GMT-6. It follows Daylight Saving Time as the other states in the U.S. do. The region shifts the time forward by one hour in winter and shifts back by one hour in summer months, from March.

  • How Many Counties in MO?

    MO has only an independent city, namely St. Louis, and 114 counties. The primary responsibilities of a county comprise maintaining roads, providing security, accusing criminals, and accumulating taxes. The citizens elect an assessor, a sheriff, and the prosecuting attorney.

  • What Is Minimum Wage in Missouri?

    The minimum wage does not appear to be a critical factor in the economy and people’s welfare as it stands flexible. Though there is a sum of $10.30/hr fixed by the administration, employers with a total income of $500,000 or less are permitted to decide the minimum wage as per their affordability.

  • What Is the Show-Me State Known for?

    It is known as the ‘Show me state.’ The statement is attributed to Willard Duncan Vandiver, who famously stated in 1899, “I’m from Missouri; you’ve Got to show me.”

    There are other things, and these are:

    • Budweiser – The Great American Lager form “Anheuser Busch”
    • The Kansas City Royals, the world-beating Baseball Team.
    • The Pizzas – Crazy Good Pizzas, the world-famous pizzas.
    • The BBQ – They know how to do barbeque, right. It’s world-famous in Kansas City, but pretty much anywhere in the area, there’s bound to be amazing ribs.
    • Tornadoes are a frequent occurrence in the Midwest. Luckily, they don’t suffer deadly tornadoes.

  • What to Do in MO?

    Thinking of a family fun day or going someplace to have a few laughs and enjoy the rich history, one can be rest assured the region will not disappoint. Many places and sites are there to visit.

    • The Missourians are accommodative, thereby making any visitor feel comfortable.
    • Visit the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, which is the highest monument as an arch in the world (630 feet tall).
    • Fantastic Caverns are in Springfield. They offer a unique experience to anyone new to them. Visitors feel like they have been taken back in time and imagine people living in caves in those days.
    • Experience The Titanic Museum, travel to The Branson Scenic Railway, see the area’s geography, and visit the Botanical Garden.
    • Enjoy the excellent cuisine in restaurants with the great ambiance available in all these places or nearby.