Owner US Federal Government Established 1821
Purpose US State
Status US State

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With more than six million residents, it is one of the largest states in post-war America. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. Missouri is bordered by eight states and one territory (tied for the most with Tennessee): Iowa to the north, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee (via the Mississippi River) to the east, Arkansas to the south and Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska to the west. The nation's new capital, Washington, KC resides within Missouri's borders. In the south are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.



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