Covering an area of 180,560 sq. km, the State of Missouri is located in the central or Midwest region of the United States.
Due to its location on the eastern fringes of the Great Plains of North America, most of Missouri is a fertile prairie land dissected by rivers and streams. Situated just to the south of the Missouri River in the west-central part of Missouri is the Osage Plains that extends across its borders with Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The Osage Plains is a mixed tallgrass prairie land and also consists of scattered woodlands.
As observed on the map, the Ozark Plateau (also covering portions of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma) occupies a major part of the landscape in the southern areas of Missouri. The Plateau is a beautiful area of heavily forested hills and low mountains, as well as caves, lakes, and rivers.
In the south-eastern part of Missouri, stands the St. Francois Mountains that contains the highest point within the state. Pointed on the map by an upright yellow triangle, the Taum Sauk Mountain rises to an elevation of 1,772ft (540m). Missouri's lowest point, as marked on the map by an inverted yellow triangle, is found along the St. Francis River in the "Boot Heel" region at 230ft; on its south-eastern border with Arkansas.
Two of the most important rivers of America flow through the state of Missouri – the Mississippi River that forms the state’s entire eastern border, and the Missouri River which slices the state almost in half. Many additional rivers (tributaries of the Mississippi and Missouri) drain the state, and countless streams enrich the farmlands.
Major lakes in Missouri (many created by river damming) include Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Wappapello, Truman Reservoir, and Bull Shoals Lake on its southern border with Arkansas.
The State of Missouri is divided into 115 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Bates, Benton, Bollinger, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Carter, Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Gentry, Greene, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howard, Howell, Iron, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Madison, Maries, Marion, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, New Madrid, Newton, Nodaway, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Reynolds, Ripley, Saint Charles, Saint Clair, Saint Francois, Saint Louis, Saint Louis City, Sainte Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Worth, and Wright.
With an area of 180,560 sq. km, the State of Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the USA. Located on the northern corner of Ozark Plateau and to the south of the Missouri River, in the Cole County is Jefferson City (officially, the City of Jefferson) – the capital city of Missouri. Situated in the western part of Missouri, near the confluence of Missouri and Kansas River is Kansas City – the largest and the most populous city of Missouri. Kansas City serves as an important shipping and marketing center for a vast agricultural region.
The State of Missouri is located in the central or Midwest region of the United States. Missouri is a land-locked state that is bordered on all sides by eight different states. It is bounded by Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in the west; by Arkansas in the south; by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee in the east, and by Iowa in the north.
Regional Maps: Map of North America
|Legal Name||State of Missouri|
|ISO 3166 Code||US-MO|
|Capital City||Jefferson City|
This page was last updated on February 25, 2021