Missouri, home to 6.1 million people, is located in the American Midwest. The name comes from the Missouri River and the indigenous people of the same name.

Missouri is located in the American Midwest. It is home to around 6.1 million residents on an area of around 180,000 km┬▓. Neighboring states of Missouri are Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. “Those with the wooden canoes”. This is the meaning behind the word Missouri, which characterizes both the native Native American tribe and the local river by name. Missouri’s best-known synonym is “Show me State” (a term that goes back to the politician Willard Duncan Vandiver), and the term “Mother of the West” is also common. Jefferson City acts as the capital of the US state, about 43,000 people live in the settlement founded in 1821 in the heart of Missouri.

Missouri – History of the Show me State

Before the European settlement, the prehistoric Clovis culture and the Mississippi culture existed in Missouri. In the centuries before the settlers, the Osage, the Quapaw and the Missouri lived here. In 1821 Missouri received the rank of a US state as part of the Missouri Compromise. Historically, Missouri played a central role in the expansion of settlement efforts to the west, as is now a reminder of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Important infrastructural connections such as the famous Oregon Trail, the Pony Express, the Santa Fe Trail and the California Trail began in what is now Missouri. It’s not for nothing that Missouri is nicknamed Mother of the West. At the time of the American Civil War, Missouri had a special position: the state was part of the Union, but slavery remained legal for a long time.

Missouri – the largest cities of the Mother of the West

With Kansas City (approx. 460,000 residents) and St. Louis (approx. 320,000 residents) Missouri has two major cities that are nationwide. This is followed by Springfield (160,000 residents) and Columbia (108,000 residents). Check TRACKAAH.COM to see population of Missouri city by city.

Missouri State Bird and Flower

Largest Counties in Missouri by Area

According to Countryaah, the biggest counties in Missouri are listed as below:

Ranking County Area
1 Texas County 3,054 km2
2 Shannon County 2,600 km2
3 Howell County 2,404 km2
4 Franklin County 2,388 km2
5 Nodaway County 2,271 km2
6 Bates County 2,196 km2
7 Callaway County 2,173 km2
8 Vernon County 2,160 km2
9 Johnson County 2,152 km2
10 Stoddard County 2,142 km2
11 Douglas County 2,111 km2
12 Reynolds County 2,100 km2
13 Macon County 2,082 km2
14 Oregon County 2,051 km2
15 Barry County 2,018 km2
16 Laclede County 1,984 km2
17 Wayne County 1,971 km2
18 Washington County 1,968 km2
19 Chariton County 1,958 km2
20 Saline County 1,958 km2
21 Dent County 1,953 km2
22 Ozark County 1,935 km2
23 Crawford County 1,924 km2
24 Harrison County 1,878 km2
25 Benton County 1,829 km2
26 Henry County 1,818 km2
27 Cass County 1,810 km2
28 Butler County 1,808 km2
29 Carroll County 1,800 km2
30 Audrain County 1,795 km2
31 Boone County 1,774 km2
32 Pettis County 1,774 km2
33 Wright County 1,766 km2
34 New Madrid County 1,756 km2
35 Saint Clair County 1,753 km2
36 Greene County 1,748 km2
37 Phelps County 1,743 km2
38 Pike County 1,743 km2
39 Jefferson County 1,702 km2
40 Camden County 1,696 km2
41 Sullivan County 1,686 km2
42 Monroe County 1,673 km2
43 Jasper County 1,658 km2
44 Polk County 1,650 km2
45 Taney County 1,637 km2
46 Lincoln County 1,632 km2
47 Ripley County 1,632 km2
48 Lafayette County 1,629 km2
49 Newton County 1,621 km2
50 Bollinger County 1,608 km2
51 Linn County 1,606 km2
52 Lawrence County 1,588 km2
53 Osage County 1,570 km2
54 Jackson County 1,567 km2
55 Morgan County 1,549 km2
56 Barton County 1,538 km2
57 Webster County 1,536 km2
58 Miller County 1,533 km2
59 Cape Girardeau County 1,500 km2
60 Ray County 1,476 km2
61 Adair County 1,471 km2
62 Daviess County 1,469 km2
63 Cooper County 1,463 km2
64 Christian County 1,458 km2
65 Saint Charles County 1,453 km2
66 Iron County 1,427 km2
67 Pulaski County 1,417 km2
68 Dunklin County 1,414 km2
69 Atchison County 1,412 km2
70 Dallas County 1,404 km2
71 McDonald County 1,399 km2
72 Montgomery County 1,396 km2
73 Livingston County 1,386 km2
74 Maries County 1,368 km2
75 Gasconade County 1,347 km2
76 Putnam County 1,342 km2
77 Carter County 1,316 km2
78 Saint Louis County 1,316 km2
79 Clark County 1,313 km2
80 Knox County 1,311 km2
81 Lewis County 1,308 km2
82 Ste. Genevieve County 1,300 km2
83 Shelby County 1,298 km2
84 Madison County 1,287 km2
85 Pemiscot County 1,277 km2
86 Gentry County 1,274 km2
87 Dade County 1,269 km2
88 Randolph County 1,248 km2
89 Cedar County 1,233 km2
90 Perry County 1,230 km2
91 Ralls County 1,220 km2
92 Howard County 1,207 km2
93 Stone County 1,199 km2
94 Holt County 1,197 km2
95 Mercer County 1,176 km2
96 Saint Francois County 1,165 km2
97 Marion County 1,134 km2
98 Scotland County 1,134 km2
99 Grundy County 1,129 km2
100 Andrew County 1,127 km2
101 Warren County 1,119 km2
102 Caldwell County 1,111 km2
103 DeKalb County 1,098 km2
104 Scott County 1,090 km2
105 Platte County 1,088 km2
106 Clinton County 1,085 km2
107 Moniteau County 1,080 km2
108 Mississippi County 1,070 km2
109 Buchanan County 1,062 km2
110 Hickory County 1,033 km2
111 Clay County 1,026 km2
112 Cole County 1,015 km2
113 Schuyler County 798 km2
114 Worth County 689 km2
115 Saint Louis City 160 km2