Map: Missouri County Map
Nickname(s): The Show Me State
Motto: "Salus populi suprema lex esto" - Latin for "The health of the people should be the supreme law"
Prior to Statehood: Missouri Territory
Admission to the Union: August 10, 1821 (24th)
Population: 6,083,672 (18th)
Population Density: 87.1/sq mi (30th)
Electoral College Votes: 10
Area: 69,704 mi2 (21st)
Countries Similar in Size: Uruguay (68,037 mi2 ), Cambodia (69,898 mi2 ), Syria (71,500 mi2 )
State Capital: Jefferson City
Largest Cities (by population in latest census)
|1||Kansas City||Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County, Cass County||459,787|
|2||St. Louis||None (Independent City)||319,294|
Borders: Iowa [N], Illinois [NE], Kentucky [E], Tennessee (SE), Arkansas [S], Oklahoma [SW], Kansas [W], Nebraska [NW]
Governor: Jay Nixon (D)
Lieutenant Governor: Peter Kinder (R)
U.S. House Delegation: 8 Representatives (6 Republican, 2 Democrat)
Senators: 34 (24 Republican, 8 Democrat, 2 Vacant)
President Pro Tempore of the Senate: Ron Richard (R)
Representatives: 163 (116 Republican, 45 Democrat, 1 Independent, 1 Vacant)
Speaker of the House: Todd Richardson (R)
|Year||Democratic Nominee||Republican Nominee||State Winner (%)||Election Winner||Notes|
|2012||Barack Obama||Mitt Romney||Mitt Romney (53.76%)||Barack Obama|
|2008||Barack Obama||John McCain||John McCain (49.36%)||Barack Obama||McCain wins by ~4,000 votes; a 0.1% margin of victory.|
|2004||John Kerry||George W. Bush||George W. Bush (53.30%)||George W. Bush||Missouri's 'bellwether' reputation ends here after a century of voting for the winning candidate, the only exception being 1956.|
|2000||Al Gore||George W. Bush||George W. Bush (50.4%)||George W. Bush|
|1996||Bill Clinton||Bob Dole||Bill Clinton (47.5%)||Bill Clinton||Reform Party Candidate Ross Perot won 10.1% of the Missouri vote.|
|1992||Bill Clinton||George H.W. Bush||Bill Clinton (44.07%)||Bill Clinton||Independent Candidate Ross Perot won 21.69% of the Missouri vote|
|1988||Michael Dukakis||George H.W. Bush||George H.W. Bush (51.83%)||George H.W. Bush|
|1984||Walter Mondale||Ronald Reagan||Ronald Reagan (60.02%)||Ronald Reagan||Only Democrat and Republican parties on the ballot.|
|1980||Jimmy Carter||Ronald Reagan||Ronald Reagan (51.16%)||Ronald Reagan||[John B. Anderson] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Anderson), an independent candidate, received 3.71% of the Missouri vote.|
83.8% non-Hispanic White
2.1% Hispanic/Latino (of any race)
1.5% Mixed race, multicultural or biracial
0.5% Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
African American (8.8%)
1: American often refers to those of English descent whose family has resided in the Americas since the colonial period.
Second Languages – Most Non-English Languages Spoken at Home
Spanish or Spanish Creole (2.1%)
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) (0.4%)
Evangelical Protestant (36%)
Mainline Protestant (16%)
Historically Black Protestant (6%)
Unaffiliated, Atheist or Refused to Answer (20%)
Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic or Hindu (3%)
Colleges and Universities in Missouri include these five largest four-year schools:
|School||City||Enrollment||NCAA or Other (Nickname)|
|University of Missouri||Columbia||35,448||Division I (Tigers)|
|Missouri State University||Springfield||22,735||Division I (Missouri State Bears/Lady Bears)|
|University of Missouri-St. Louis||St. Louis||16,738||Division II (Tritons)|
|University of Missouri-Kansas City||Kansas City||16,160||Division I (Kangaroos)|
|University of Central Missouri||Warrensburg||14,395||Division II (Mules and Jennies)|
State Minimum Wage: $7.65/hour
Minimum Tipped Wage: $3.825/hour
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
|[Barnes-Jewish Hospital] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes-Jewish_Hospital)||Medical||St. Louis||9,000+|
|Mercy Hospital Springfield||Medical||Springfield||8,500+|
|University of Missouri IT Division||Tech||Columbia||7,600+|
|[St. Louis University] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_University)||Various||St. Louis||7,500+|
|Cerner Corporation||Healthcare||North Kansas City (HQ) + Various (Worldwide)||7,000+|
Missouri is represented in three of the "big four" in U.S. sports, the lone exception being basketball, and four of the "big 5". Sports teams in Missouri include:
|Kansas City Chiefs||American Football||National Football League||AFC West||3 AFL, 1 NFL (1969)|
|Kansas City Royals||Baseball||Major League Baseball||AL Central||2 (2015)|
|Sporting Kansas City||Soccer||Major League Soccer||Western Conference||2 (2013)|
|St. Louis Blues||Ice Hockey||National Hockey League||Western Central Division||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Baseball||Major League Baseball||NL Central||11 (2011)|
While Sporting Kansas City has played their home games in Kansas City, Kansas since 2008, the team's offices and practice facilities are still located in Missouri.
The St. Louis Cardinals' 11 World Series Championships is the second-most in MLB history, trailing only the New York Yankees' 27.
Sports teams which formerly played in Missouri include
|Kansas City Athletics||Baseball||MLB||1955 - 1967||Currently the Oakland Athletics|
|Kansas City Kings||Basketball||NBA||1972 - 1985||Currently the Sacramento Kings|
|Kansas City Monarchs||Baseball||Negro Leagues/Independent||1920 - 1965||Folded in 1965 after sending more players to the MLB than any other Negro League franchise|
|Kansas City Scouts||Ice Hockey||NHL||1974 - 1976||Currently the New Jersey Devils|
|St. Louis Browns||Baseball||MLB||1902 - 1953||Currently the Baltimore Orioles|
|St. Louis Cardinals||American Football||NFL||1960 - 1988||Currently the Arizona Cardinals|
|St. Louis Hawks||Basketball||NBA||1955 - 1968||Currently the Atlanta Hawks|
|St. Louis Rams||American Football||NFL||1995 - 2016||Returned to Los Angeles following the conclusion of the 2015 NFL season|
I-70 Speedway near Odessa was a "home track" for many of NASCAR's drivers, including 1989 Cup series champion Rusty Wallace. The track closed in 2008.
St. Louis was the first U.S. city to host the Olympics, which it hosted alongside the World's Fair in 1904.
The ice cream cone is largely credited with having been invented at the World's Fair in 1904.
Kansas City has more fountains than any city, with the exception of Rome, Italy.
The Missouri Compromise of 1820 saw Maine and Missouri admitted to the union at (roughly) the same time, in order to keep the balance of power between free and slave-holding states. Missouri would later go on to be the first of the slave states to free their slaves in 1865.
Branson, Missouri is within a single day's drive of 50% of the U.S. population, and handles an estimated 65,000 visitors daily. Bronson, on the other hand, has slightly fewer visitors.
Thanks again to /u/deadpoetic31 for compiling the majority of this information!
The word "Missouri" as a whole is Anglacized (or uh, "francicized" if you're -ee) nonsense of a neighbor tribe's name for the actual "Missourians" (supposedly meaning "people of the long canoe," but even that's up for debate.) As someone born and raised in Missouri, I've never, ever understood why people care so damn much about how they, other people, politicians, and voice actors working for the politicians pronounce the stupid word.
The northern most Southern state, southern most Northern state. KC the eastern most western city and StL the western most eastern city. Yup, we're down right schizophrenic.
Edit: Auto correct changed Yup to you
Growing up in MO I assumed we were solidly Midwestern more culturally attuned to Chicago and the great lakes. Then I later moved to Upstate NY and holy cow being able to look from the outside in I realized just how southern Missouri actually is.
Wow this really took off. Now, I feel like Trever Noah in this part of his stand-up show about tacos and America :D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu7YBUS4qvM&t=1s
For instance, Wrangler and Levi’s are just regular jeans in America but they’re a luxury in India.
My name is already a variation of Thomas in a different language, when you become a US citizen you are given the option to change your name. I'm thinking of changing it to Thomas Jefferson or maybe that's too obvious but possibly Thomas Washington or Thomas Madison. Does this seem too ridiculous/unbelievable?
Update: I decided to keep my birth name after all, people can change it to Thomas if it makes it easier for them. I just dropped my 2nd last name so it won't be too long/confusing,Maybe I'll come up with a new nickname to use.Thanks for the kind welcome.
As the title says. Be as detailed as you can. If possible, I'd like to know about the smaller states mostly. (Clothing choices, Mannerisms, Composure, etc...)
And let's not spam Texans. Everyone in the world can spot a Texan ;)
I know a couple places here in Austin that do, but never heard of it back in L.A. So, where do stores offer this and where do they not?
Alright so as an expat in Europe i hear a lot of non Americans call it "USA", or "America".
But personally I use "The U.S." formally or "The States" with other expats, or more casually. In my opinion, an American saying USA makes you sound like someone from the 19th century, or some guy in Arkansas holding a flag and a shotgun riding a lawn mower.
Curious to hear what everyone else says.