The capital of Missouri is Jefferson City. The state has been nicknamed the "Show-me State." Missouri, meaning "town of the large canoes," was named in honor of the Missouri Indian tribe. The state produces several agricultural products including grain, sorghum, hay, corn, soybeans and rice. The mines of Missouri produce 90% of the nationâ€™s principal lead supply. The state is also rich in natural resources including iron ore, zinc, barite, limestone, and timber. Famous natives and residents have included songwriter Burt Bacharach, baseball player Yogi Berra, TV newscaster Walter Cronkite, singer Sheryl Crow, artist Walt Disney, and former President Harry S. Truman.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Jay Nixon
Largest cities: Kansas City