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Population
  2010 2012
Population 5,988,927 6,021,988
Median Age 37.9 38.1
Total 8 year-olds 77,332 78,202
Boys 39,573 40,004
Girls 37,759 38,198
Total 9 year-olds 79,753 77,207
Boys 40,481 39,652
Girls 39,272 37,555
Total 10 year-olds 80,115 76,671
Boys 41,142 39,225
Girls 38,973 37,446
Total 11 year-olds 79,190 79,297
Boys 40,627 40,228
Girls 38,563 39,069
Total 12 year-olds 79,459 80,170
Boys 40,671 41,134
Girls 38,788 39,036
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 81.7% 81.3%
Car Pool 9.3% 9.7%
Public Transportation 1.6% 1.3%
Work at Home 4.2% 4.4%

Geography
Capital Jefferson City
Largest City Kansas City
Second Largest City St. Louis
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 87.1

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 2,081 2,106
Amusement Parks 11 15
Fast-Food Restaurants 3,959 4,121
Toy Stores 175 176
Video/Disc Rental Stores 272 141
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 12 11
Candy & Nut Stores 61 60
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 158 152
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 7 6

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: August 10, 1821
  • Population 1820: 66,586
  • Population 1850: 682,044
  • Population 1900: 3,106,665
  • Population 1950: 3,954,553
  • Population 2000: 5,595,211

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Show Me State
  • Flower: Hawthorn
  • Tree: Flowering Dogwood
  • Bird: Bluebird
  • Horse: Missouri Fox Trotting Horse
  • Animal: Missouri Mule
  • Musical Instrument: Fiddle

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.