The US state of Missouri is located in the Midwest of the United States of America and was named after the Missouri River. In the native language Missouri means “the one with the wooden canoes”. This name was given to the Mississippi Indians by their Illinois neighbors. The approximately 6 million inhabitants live on an area of just over 180,000 km². This state is about twice the size of Portugal.
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The US state of Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Missouri’s neighbors are Iowa to the north, Oklahoma to the west, Kansas and Nebraska.
Arkansas is to the south, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee to the east.
The capital is Jefferson City, which is home to around 43,000 people.
It is located on the Missouri River, midway between the larger and better known cities of Kansas City and Saint Louis.
Largest cities and inhabitants
The population figures are from the year 2010 and are rounded. 85% of Missouri’s population is White, 11% Black, 2% Latino, and 1% Asian. The rest are Native Americans, Hawaiians, and Polynesians. 81% have a high school degree and 21.5% have an academic degree. See Missouri counties list.
- Kansas City 460,000
- St Louis 320,000
- Springfield 160,000
- Independence 117,000
- Columbia 109,000
Climate and weather conditions
The climate in the state of Missouri is continental. In winter, which lasts from December to January, temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius at night. In the summer, which lasts from June to September, the mercury sometimes rises to 35 degrees Celsius, which is when many residents head to the small town of Branson. The city is also referred to as “The Live Entertainment Capital of the World” or “Family-Friendly Las Vegas”. There are more than 50 theaters and numerous museums, and almost 8 million visitors come to the small town with 10,500 inhabitants every year.
Due to its location in the middle of the USA, winds from the Canadian north arrive here as well as foothills of the south winds from the Gulf and masses of pleasure from the west. Moderate hurricanes, often coupled with flooding, are common in the Midwest. The sparsely populated region is also known as “Tornado Alley”.
The best travel time is between March and June, as well as September to November, here the temperatures are moderate. One should not underestimate the danger of storms and it is best to keep yourself informed about the current weather situation by radio or TV.