Information about Missouri
Based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Missouri had a population of more than six million in 2015. Its home ownership rate of 68%, from 2010-2014, is higher than the national average, but the median home value of $136,700 is significantly less than the national median of $175,700.
Missouri has a diverse geographical profile, giving lots of opportunity for outdoor activities. The numerous rivers and lakes mean that water sports and activities are interesting and varied, and hills and forests to the east provide skiing, climbing, hiking and mountain biking opportunities. City life is also entertaining in Kansas City, while St. Louis is a major tourist attraction.
Higher Education in Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis was ranked the 15th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The University of Missouri in Columbia also ranked as the top 103rd national university, and it was one of the state's largest postsecondary schools with about 35,400 students as of Fall 2014.
U.S. News also raked Drury University in Springfield the 11th best regional university in the Midwest, while Truman State University in Kirksville and Rockhurst University in Kansas City ranked 8th and 18th, respectively, in the same category. Additionally, College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout was ranked 4th among regional colleges in the Midwest.
The state also has more than two dozen nonprofit 2-year schools. St. Louis Community College is the largest, with more than 21,000 students as of Fall 2014, followed by Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City and Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield.
Much of Missouri's economy relies on manufacturing, in particular aerospace and transportation, in addition to auto industry manufacturers and advanced manufacturers. Biosciences also play a major role in the state's economy, with specific areas like agriculture, plant science, food science, and chemistry. Other important sectors of the economy in Missouri include energy, financial and professional services, health sciences, and information technology.