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State Facts for Students

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Population
  2010 2011
Population 5,988,927 6,010,688
State Rank 18 18
Median Age 37.9 38.1
Total 8 year-olds 77,332 77,218
Boys 39,573 39,649
Girls 37,759 37,569
Total 9 year-olds 79,753 76,788
Boys 40,481 39,279
Girls 39,272 37,509
Total 10 year-olds 80,115 79,191
Boys 41,142 40,138
Girls 38,973 39,053
Total 11 year-olds 79,190 80,343
Boys 40,627 41,259
Girls 38,563 39,084
Total 12 year-olds 79,459 79,140
Boys 40,671 40,608
Girls 38,788 38,532
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 81.7% 81.4%
Car Pool 9.3% 9.7%
Public Transportation 1.6% 1.4%
Work at Home 4.2% 4.2%

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

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 2,027 2,081
Amusement Parks 13 11
Fast-Food Restaurants 4,218 4,837
Toy Stores 254 175
Video/Disc Rental Stores 434 272
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 9 12
Candy & Nut Stores 91 61
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 132 158
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 9 7

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.