Missouri is a state found in the midwestern region of the United States of America. Missouri comprises one independent city and 114 counties. But when did Missouri become a state? This article will answer that very question and also tell you nine interesting facts about Missouri.
When did Missouri Become a State
Missouri was originally part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The Louisiana Territory was organised in 1805. On the 10th of August, 1821, Missouri became the 24th state of America. It was originally a ‘slave state’ as part of the Missouri Compromise. Eventually, conflicts over slavery would lead to much fighting, and border disputes, in Missouri. So now you know when, and why, Missouri became a state. Now let’s look at nine fascinating facts about Missouri
Nine Interesting Facts about Missouri
Fact 1: Missouri is currently the 18th most populated state.
Fact 2: In descending order, the four most populated areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield (not the same Springfield as the Simpsons live in!) and Columbia.
Fact 3: Missouri has voted for the winner in every single US presidential election since 1904, except 1956.
Fact 4: Missouri borders the most states of any US states. It touches a total of eight different states, as does its neighbour Tennessee.
Fact 5: Most parts of Missouri have very cold winters and very hot and humid summers. In the southern parts of the state, the climate could be described as subtropical.
Fact 6: Missouri has a population just under 5,900,000. In 1810, there were only 19,783 people living in Missouri. It more than tripled to 66,586 just ten years later.
Fact 7: Missouri has a large population of people with German ancestry. Those with German ancestry make up just under a quarter of the populations.
Fact 8: Over three quarters of the population identify themselves as Christians.
Fact 9: Missouri has very large quantities of limestone. Also mined are lead, coal, Portland cement and crushed stone.