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Originally part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Missouri was admitted as a state in 1821 and earned the nickname "Gateway to the West" for its central location and departure point for settlers heading out west.

Statewide, agriculture leads the list of Missouri industries producing a record number of hogs and cattle, corn and soy beans on more than 100,000 farms statewide (second only to Texas.)

More than half the population lives in Missouri's two major cities - Kansas City and St. Louis - where education, health care, and a growing biotech sector remain major draws for employment seekers in metropolitan Missouri.

Home to the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stage spectacles in Branson ("the Las Vegas of the Midwest") as well as eye-popping scenery in the Ozarks, Missouri's modern economy is also buttressed by a booming tourism industry.

Missouri quality-of-life statistics


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Find a job: MissouriJobing.com

Start a business: Starting a Business in Missouri Resources

Get a driver's license: Missouri Driver Licensing

 



Demographics : (Missouri Census Data)
Major cities: Jefferson City (capital), Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield
Population : 5,842,713
White : 85.4%
Black, African American : 11.5%
Hispanic : 2.7%
High school graduates : 81.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.6%
Average household income: $40,885

Cost of Living: Sperling's Best Places - Missouri - Compared to the rest of the country, Missouri's cost of living is 19.91% lower than the U.S. average.

Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Missouri Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 70.3%
Average home price : $157,826
Average travel time to work : 23.8 minutes

Personal Income Taxes: Missouri imposes state taxes ranging from 1.5 percent to 6 percent over 10 income brackets. Missourians are required to file state income taxes using Form MO 1040 each year by April 15.

Schools : Due to the state's traditional commitment to education funding, math and reading scores usually equal or surpass the national average. In addition, over 50 percent of students attending college or university in Missouri receive some form of in-state financial aid. Also see Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Weather : With no mountains or large bodies of water to regulate temperature, Missouri often experiences extremes of weather varying between occasional Arctic blasts from the north, and warm southern breezes from the Gulf Coast. It's topographical features also pose a constant threat of tornadoes, averaging about 90 a year.

Crime : see Missouri Crime Statistics

also see -> Missouri Taxes | Missouri Eviction Laws | Missouri Factory Outlets

More about relocating to Missouri around the Web:

Moving to Missouri - The official Missouri state Web site with related resources and information on state taxes, obtaining a driver's license, house hunting, school profiles, day-care.

Think Kansas City - Scroll down the page for new resident guides to city services, property ownership, cable TV and utilities, bus transportation, school districts.

City of St. Louis Community Pages - Extensive link portal and information on St. Louis neighborhoods, housing & real estate, demographics & crime data, with city-related news & updates.

Why Springfield? - A complete relocation guide with helpful city contact information, weather facts, quality of life information, schools & churches, apartment brokers & real estate agents.

Relocating - Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks - Regional guide to relocation including an online relocation guide in PDF format.


Missouri real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Kansas City : Star
St. Louis : Post-Dispatch
Springfield : News-Leader
Jefferson City : News Tribune

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