Missouri is a beautiful state in the American Midwest and is generally termed as “Show Me State” which means one should back up its talk with a solid proof. This slogan is yet not termed as an official one but still it randomly appears on the licence plates. People of the Missouri often boast of it and say that as i belong to Missouri thus it has to be shown.
The state is a perfect blend of rural and urban culture and has been considered as a “Bellwether” state from a very long time. It comprises of 114 cities. The state is influenced by both Southern and Midwestern culture as it is majorly a border state.
Generally travellers do not hear much about the state but is well assured that a great welcome is awaited for all. Tourism is said to be trickled when compared to the other Western or Eastern States and this is specifically reflected in the behaviour of the local people and the treatment done towards the tourists. If you ever start a conversation with a local Missouri and mention the fact that you are new to this place they will flood you with fount of information and will be very happy and glad to do the same.
Some major facts about the Missouri state is the capital city of the state is Jefferson City. The official language of the state is English and the currency in use is US Dollars.
|Largest city||Kansas City|
|Largest metro area||Greater St Louis Area|
|Area||Ranked 21st in the US|
|- Total||69,704 sq mi
|- Width||240 miles (385 km)|
|- Length||300 miles (480 km)|
|- % water||1.17|
|- Latitude||36° N to 40° 37′ N|
|- Longitude||89° 6′ W to 95° 46′ W|
|Population||Ranked 18th in the US|
|- Total||5,987,580 (2009 est.)
|- Density||86.9 (2009)/sq mi (33.56/km2)
Ranked 28th in the US
|- Median income||$46,867 (35th)|
|- Highest point||Taum Sauk Mountain
1,772 ft (540 m)
|- Mean||800 ft (240 m)|
|- Lowest point||St. Francis River
230 ft (70 m)
|Before statehood||Missouri Territory|
|Admission to Union||August 10, 1821 (24th)|
|Governor||Jay Nixon (D)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Peter Kinder (R)|
|- Upper house||Senate|
|- Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Kit Bond (R)
Claire McCaskill (D)
|U.S. House delegation||5 Republicans, 4 Democrats|
|Time zone||Central : UTC-6/-5|
Among 114 cities the major tourist destinations are St Louis and Kansas City. St Louis on one hand has got many attractions like the St Louis Zoo and the Magic House and they are considered to be the most popular one’s in the nation. There are many others attractions like Botanical garden which is said to be the oasis for nature lovers, the Butterfly house, the St Louis Art Museum and last but not the least the Crown Candy Kitchen where one can get to see the sample of some house made candies, ice creams and some delicious and mouth watering soups and salads. Kansas City on the other hand is mostly famous for various museums. It also has lots of other adventures too like wile rides, fun & Live entertainment park, mouth watering food and some thrilling rides on the roller coaster. This is place is also said to be the best place for water paradise as it is filled with wave pools, water slides, and other water sports.
The economy of Missouri is majorly supported by some common industries like transportation, equipment, aerospace, electrical equipment, food processing, chemicals, light manufacturing and beer. The agricultural product of the state are ranked in the 6th position and the cattle’s are ranked in 7th position. Missouri have thousands and thousands of farms with valuable resources of lead. In the state some mining is also done. Having an excellent and great infrastructure with a perfect transportation system, tourism and retail trade have been boosting up day by day. This is the only state in the entire US which is having two federal reserve bank.
With the dawn of the 20th century a lot of changes have occurred in the social lives of the people and this state has been influenced by a lot of changes. The state has always played a major role in the evolution and origin of the country music. The people of the state have a great and a perfect taste about some exceptional music like Jazz, Blues and Ragtime. Branson has been specifically considered as the “Mecca for the country music”. While being warm and friendly the local residents of the state is been a part of the Midwest, especially in the metropolitan areas. Though on the other side the state is still conservative and has no credulous attitude towards the rules and regulations of the state. The state has been remarkably admired for its rule “laissez fare” which is the famous regulation on tobacco and alcohol.
Some famous activities of Missouri are Hiking, Horseback riding and Floating. These activities get on whenever there is a pleasant weather. While being in the state one must attend the first Friday art crawl in Kansas City which is splendid and cannot be explained or summed up in words. Also the state is famous for its barbeque; one should experience the same as almost all the cities of the state offer a splendid barbeque. Missouri is considered to be a safe state so there is not much harm done but while being in the city have to follow some specified rules and regulation and beside that the state can be explored easily and lots of fun can be done.