Missouri is a U.S.
state located in the Midwestern United States. Missouri
is the 21st most extensive and the 18th most populous of the 50 United States.
comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St.
largest urban areas are
City, Springfield, and
capital is Jefferson City. The land
that is now Missouri was acquired
from France as
part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the
Part of the Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
Missouri's geography is highly varied. The northern part
of the state lies in dissected till plains while the southern part lies in the
(a dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing
the two. The state lies at the intersection of the three greatest rivers of
North America, with the confluence of the
near St. Louis, and the confluence
of the Ohio River with the
north of the Boot heel. The starting points for the Pony Express,
Santa Fe Trail, and Oregon Trail were all
located in Missouri. The mean
center of United States population as of the 2010 Census is at the town of Plato
in Texas County.
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