Missouri Historical Map: Missouri Compromise - 1820

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A historical map represents the different times in history. This type of map may have details such as the sides that fought in a war, or the territory that was gained in a battle. A history map also shows territories in that were taken over in a certain period, paths that explorers blazed or even areas that played a part in notable times- such as The California Gold Rush.

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Missouri

Missouri is called the "Show Me State," because its people have a reputation for believing only what they see. Its name is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "river of the big canoes." Originally home to a number of Indian tribes, the state entered the Union in 1821. Today, more than half the population lives in Missouri's two major cities--Kansas City and St. Louis. The dogwood is the state tree, the bluebird is the state bird and the capital is Jefferson City.

   Miscellaneous    Missouri

State Flower: Hawthorn

State Motto: The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law

State Nickname: Show-me State

State Bird: Bluebird

   Geography    Missouri

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 68,886

Length: 300 miles

Width: 240 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
Kansas City, 441,545
St. Louis, 348,189
Springfield, 151,580
Independence, 113,288
Columbia, 84,531
St. Joseph, 73,990
Lee's Summit, 70,700
St. Charles, 60,321
St. Peter's, 51,381
Florissant, 50,497

Geographic Center: 20 miles southwest of Jefferson City

Geographic Center County: Miller

Highest Point: 1,772 ft. — Taum Suak Mt.

Lowest Point: 230 ft. — St. Francis River

Number of counties: 114, plus 1 independent city

Conservation areas: leased, 287 (194,381 ac.); owned, 785 (761,863 ac.)

Conservation accesses: leased, 72; owned, 251

State parks and historic sites: 80

Persons per square mile, 2000: 81

   People    Missouri

Population, 2009 estimate: 5,987,580
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009: 7.0%
Population estimates base (April 1) 2000: 5,596,684
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2008: 6.8%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2008: 24.0%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2008: 13.6%
Female persons, percent, 2008: 51.1%

White persons, percent, 2008 (a): 85.0%
Black persons, percent, 2008 (a): 11.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2008 (a): 0.5%
Asian persons, percent, 2008 (a): 1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2008 (a): 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2008: 1.4%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2008 (b): 3.2%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2008: 82.1%

Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct 5 yrs old & over: 53.6%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000: 2.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000: 5.1%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000: 81.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000: 21.6%
Persons with a disability, age 5+, 2000: 973,637
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000: 23.8

Housing units, 2008: 2,663,977
Homeownership rate, 2000: 70.3%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2000: 20.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000: $89,900

Households, 2000: 2,194,594
Persons per household, 2000: 2.48
Median household income, 2008: $46,847
Per capita money income, 1999: $19,936
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2008: 13.5%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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