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State of Missouri
Flag of Missouri State seal of Missouri
Flag of Missouri Seal
Nickname(s): The Show Me State
Motto(s): Salus populi suprema lex esto
Map of the United States with Missouri highlighted
Official language English
Capital Jefferson City
Largest city Kansas City
Largest metro St. Louis
Area Ranked 21st
 - Total 69,709 sq mi
(180,693 km2)
 - Width 240 miles (385 km)
 - Length 300 miles (480 km)
 - % water 1.16
 - Latitude 36°N to 40°35'N
 - Longitude 89°6'W to 95°42'W
Number of people Ranked 17th
 - Total 5,595,211
 - Density 80.27/sq mi  (31/km2)
Ranked 27th
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Taum Sauk Mountain[1]
1,772 ft (540 m)
 - Average 800 ft  (240 m)
 - Lowest point Saint Francis River[1]
230 ft (70 m)
Became part of the U.S. August 10, 1821 (24th)
Governor Jay Nixon (D)
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R)
Claire McCaskill (D)
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Abbreviations MO, US-MO

Missouri is one of the fifty states in the United States. Its capital is Jefferson City. Its largest cities are Kansas City and Saint Louis. Some other cities are Columbia (which is where the University of Missouri is), and Springfield.

Missouri officially became a state on August 10, 1821.

Missouri's edges touch a total of eight states. It is touched on the north by Iowa; on the east, across the Mississippi River, by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; on the south by Arkansas; and on the west by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (Kansas and Nebraska are across the Missouri River).

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