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

Mileage statistics for routes in Missouri obtained from the Missouri Department of transportation (MoDOT) HPMAP.

Population Statistics

State Population
6,154,913
Metropolitan Populations
St. Louis 2,820,253 Kansas City, MO-KS 2,192,035
Springfield 475,432 Columbia 210,864
Joplin 181,409 Jefferson City 150,309
St. Joseph, MO-KS 121,467 Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 97,517
Top County Populations
St. Louis 1,004,125 Jackson 717,204
St. Charles 405,262 Greene 298,915
Clay 253,335 Jefferson 226,739
Boone 183,610 Jasper 122,761
Top City Populations
Kansas City 497,159 St. Louis 297,645
Springfield 168,090 Columbia 124,769
Independence 116,774 Lee’s Summit 101,467
O’Fallon 89,769 St. Joseph 74,074
St. Charles 71,761 St. Peters 58,043
Sources: 2020 U.S. Census Data (metro populations and counties), 2020 U.S. Census Estimate (cities)

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 May 4, 2022.