Missouri is located in the Midwest on 69,704 square miles, which makes it the 21st largest state in the nation. With a population of 5.8 million, it is the 18th most populous state as well. Nicknamed “Gateway to the West,” Missouri served as a departure point for settlers heading west.
The climate ranges from lows in the teens to twenties in the winter to highs in the low nineties in the summer. Transportation to and from Missouri is available at one of two major airports – Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. In addition, two of the nation’s busiest rail centers are in Missouri – Kansas City and St. Louis.
Major industries in Missouri include aerospace, transportation equipment, and limestone mining. Agriculture is another boost to the economy as well as tourism. Between the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the Ozarks to Branson, Missouri has many offerings for visitors.
Missouri has several major sports teams including the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs football, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals baseball, and St. Louis Blues hockey.