Sitemap to all pages covering the state of Missouri. Contributions and photography for the Missouri guides from Alex Nitzman, Andy Field, Brent Ivy and Justin Cozart.

Highway Guides

Population Statistics

State Population
Metropolitan Populations
St. Louis 2,812,896 Kansas City, MO-KS 2,035,334
Springfield 436,712 Joplin 175,518
Columbia 172,786 Jefferson City 149,807
St. Joseph, MO-KS 127,329 Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 96,275
Top County Populations
St. Louis 998,954 Jackson 674,158
St. Charles 360,485 Greene 275,174
Clay 221,939 Jefferson 218,733
Boone 162,642 Jasper 117,404
Top City Populations
Kansas City 459,787 St. Louis 319,294
Springfield 159,498 Independence 116,830
Columbia 108,500 Lee’s Summit 91,364
O’Fallon 79,329 St. Joseph 76,780
St. Charles 65,794 Blue Springs 52,575
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File.
Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas

About Missouri

  • Capital: Jefferson City
  • Nickname: Show Me State
  • State Flower: Hawthorn
  • State Bird: Eastern Bluebird
  • State Tree: Flowering Dogwood
  • Total Interstate Mileage: 1,386.23
  • Land Area: 69,704 square miles
  • Highest Point: Taum Sauk Mountain 1,772 feet
  • Lowest Point: Saint Francis River along north-south border with Arkansas, 230 feet
  • Number of Counties: 114 and one independent city (St. Louis)
  • Statehood: 24th state; admitted August 10, 1821

Major League Sports Franchises

  • Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)
  • Kansas City Royals (MLB)
  • St. Louis Blues (NHL)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
  • St. Louis City SC (MLS) – to begin play in 2023
  • Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
  • Kansas City Athletics (MLB), the A’s relocated from Philadelphia to KC in 1955 and left for Oakland in 1967.
  • Kansas City Scouts (NHL), played only two seasons, relocating to Denver as the Colorado Rockies in 1976.
  • Kansas City Kings (NBA), initially the Kansas City Omaha Kings, splitting their games between the two cities until 1979. The Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985.
  • St. Louis Browns (MLB), became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.
  • St. Louis Cardinals (NFL), moved to St. Louis from Chicago in 1960, vacated Missouri for Phoenix in 1987.
  • St. Louis Hawks (NBA), the Hawks moved to St. Louis from Milwaukee in 1955 and left for Atlanta in 1968.
  • St. Louis Rams (NFL) – moved to Los Angeles in January 2016.

Updated October 22, 2021.