Last Updated: April 17, 2021


Missouri, in the Midwestern region of the United States, entered the union as the twenty-fourth state on August 10, 1821. It is the 18th most populous and 21st most extensive by area among fifty states. The state name is derived from the Missouri River which was named after the indigenous Missouri Indians: a Siouan language tribe.

Missouri is bordered by Iowa on the north; Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee across the Mississippi rivers on the east; on the south by Arkansas and by Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska on the west. The weather of the state is cool in winters and hot and wet in summers. Because the state is located in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extreme temperatures. Missouri has a large amount of freshwater, present due to the Mississippi River, Missouri River, Table Rock Lake and Lake of the Ozarks.

The city of Jefferson is the capital of the state and Kansas is its largest city. St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia are the three other largest cities in the state. Some of the best places to visit in Missouri are St. Louis Gateway Arch, Branson, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Silver dollar city, forest park, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Kansas City, Lake of The Ozarks etc.

Key Facts:

  • In May 2020, the value of Missouri’s imports amounted to about 1.3 billion U.S dollars. Its exports valued at about $880 million. 
  • In 2019, the real GDP of Missouri was $209.96. 
  • In 2020, the unemployment rate in Missouri was 6.1 percent. 
  • In 2019, the annual Per Capita disposable personal income was $44,288.
  • The state’s unemployment rate was 4.3% in January 2021.
  • It is the only state in the union that has two Federal Reserve Banks.